There are many advantages of central air cooling systems over conventional air conditioning systems. Undoubtedly, central air is one of the most effective and efficient ways to circulate cool air through a house or building in comparison to window air conditioning systems. While the major difference between central air conditioning systems and window units is that window units cannot improve your indoor air quality; there are many other advantages of central air conditioning systems.
Centralized units send cool air directly through air ducts or vents located in each room. Each room can be cooled instead of cooling just one room. Ambient air is pulled into the air handler unit from each room through air ducts. The system filters the air that passes through it, removing airborne particles, like lint, and allergens, like dust, pollen and pet dander. Filtered air is then re-routed back to the rooms via a separate ductwork system. These systems can even trap the most microscopic pollutants. Obviously, more expensive filters can capture more pollutants and increase the air quality in the home. Having constantly clean and cool air is a major benefit with central air conditioners.
Advantages of Central Air Cooling Systems
Of course, the advantages don’t end there; there are a number of benefits to having a centralized air conditioning system installed in your home or building:
Better Air Quality
As we mentioned before, the main advantage of a central cooling system is the fact that you can achieve better air quality from a central unit over a conventional window unit. Central air conditioners filter the air circulating through the air ducts, boosting the quality of the air. As a result, your family is exposed to fewer gasses, allergens, and pollutants that are potentially harmful to their health. The system even filters out humidity, lowering indoor humidity levels. This helps to make your home more comfortable and breathable, helps to lower body temperatures, and can help to avoid mold and pests from showing up in your home.
While central air conditioning filters the air and removes dust, dirt, pet dander, hair and other debris you must change your filters regularly. Doing so helps the efficiency of the filtering process as well as the cooling process of your home. Not staying on top of your air filter changing can be harmful to your central AC unit lowering the efficiency and life span of your unit. Fortunately, many modern AC units have built-in indicators that let you know when it’s time to change your filter.
One of the main reasons that people chose central AC systems is because they provide consistent temperatures year round. For example, a window unit has inadequate cooling capacity and can only cool the immediate area. This being said, if it’s installed in your living room window, the window unit can only cool that room directly. If you have a home with an open concept, a window unit doesn’t have enough cooling capacity to cool a larger space.
Central AC is designed to cool the entire home at the same time. Temperatures will be the same throughout the house, no matter how hot it gets outside. You won’t have to buy multiple, and ugly, window units just to enjoy comfortable temperatures in every room.
Lower Noise Levels
Another drawback to window units is that they are noisy. You know when they are on and you can tell when they are off, as the noise they produce is almost distracting and disturbing. On the other hand, central air conditioners boast a quieter operation that’s barely noticeable. You may hear the system kick on, but you won’t hear it throughout the day as it provides cool air to the whole house.
Central air conditioners are quiet because the noisy part of the system is located outside of the house. The exterior unit has the condenser and fan in it, both of which make noise when they are running. Since this part of the AC is located outside, you never have to worry about the loud AC noises unless your system is malfunctioning or broken.
Central air conditioners are easy to operate. Once the system has been installed, you can control the temperature from a thermostat or remote. How easy the AC unit is to work depends on the unit and thermostat you choose. Even the most innovative models with multiple programs are designed to be user-friendly. You can even program your air conditioner to turn on and off at certain times throughout the day such as when you leave and return from work. This helps to save energy during the day, providing cool air to the home only when you need it. Even the most advanced window units do not provide this type of convenience.
Central air conditioners have all the ductwork your home needs for central heat, so you don’t have to worry about maintaining two different systems. In fact, you can purchase a packaged unit that is both an AC and a heating system. This is very common with most centralized AC units nowadays and helps to save you money in the long run. While window units can offer heating capabilities, much like with their cooling capabilities, they are very limited.
Central AC systems are convenient because they don’t take up space. A window unit blocks your view and even reduces your homes curb appeal. The units are big and bulky, and take up space and become an eyesore in your home. If you try to cover them up, then it decreases the effectiveness of the unit. While you’ll still have an exterior element to a central AC system, it’s much easier to landscape and to decorate around the condenser unit, which looks a lot more modern as well. From wooden air conditioner screens to faux greenery, AC equipment covers are available in multiple designs to suit your tastes.
With so many advantages of central air conditioning systems, why not get started with a new installation today? Contact us today to get started!