March 24, 2014
Have an addition, sunroom or garage you want to add air conditioning to? Wondering what your options are?
You could renovate your existing air conditioning ductwork and add a new zone to accommodate the new room.
But you also have a couple other options—like installing a window air conditioner or a mini-split ductless system.
Many homeowners ask which one is better. So, we decided to break down the differences between the two so you can make an informed decision yourself.
Window air conditioners get their name because they sit in a window. They pull in air from outside, cool it and blow it into your home. They’re very popular for additions and sunrooms. But there are some downsides, as well.
Cheap – Compared to the cost of a central air conditioner (or altering to your existing home ductwork), window A/Cs are much less expensive.
Easy to install – You can usually get away without a professional installation, further decreasing the cost.
Ductless mini-split air conditioners are new to most homeowners in the Sarasota area. But they’ve been around for some time (and are pretty popular in Europe). They’re more expensive, but also more versatile and energy efficient. It’s called a “mini-split” because it’s like a mini central air conditioner, which is split into an inside and outside unit.
It really comes down to what’s right for you. If you have the money, a mini-split system will make you more comfortable and usually last longer. But if you need a quick fix and have a limited budget, a window air conditioner can work in a pinch.
Want more help deciding? Contact Cool Today for a free estimate on a ductless mini-split system for your home.
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