Tips to Help You Decide Between an Air Conditioning System or Window AC Units

There is a big entry cost to central air conditioning when compared to window air conditioning units.  It is this very reason as to why so many people are hesitant to make the switch to a full-blown central AC system.  Commercial HVAC St. Augustine FL professionals like us understand the value, but it is all about how we convey that value to you, our customers.  

There are certainly going to benefit whether you go with a central air conditioning system or window AC units, but there will be disadvantages of each as well.  It is all about choosing between the two based on the foundational knowledge that you have.  Making an educated decision is always vital no matter how you opt to cool your home.


Central Systems are More Efficient

Central air conditioning systems are going to be leaps and more energy efficient when compared to window units.  When you want to cool your entire home, the way to do this with window units is to have a unit installed in every room of your home, or at least spread out across the home in as many places as possible.  When you need to run all of these simultaneously, the energy that is eaten up throughout this process is quite excessive when compared to central air conditioning.

With a central air conditioning system, this is not an issue as you are going to be able just to run the main unit and have all of the cold air dispersed throughout the home via all of the air ducts.  A commercial HVAC St. Augustine FL system is more energy efficient, plain and straightforward.


Regulated and Comfortable Temperature

Central air conditioning systems are going to be much more uniform regarding the temperature levels that it creates.  With a window air conditioning unit, you are going to have cold air originating just from that one central location.  The temperature where the window unit is will certainly be cool, but areas that are a bit far away from there are not going to be as cool as you would like.  

Central air conditioning systems can create more uniform temperatures across the home because of all of the air ducts that are present.  The air ducts will carry the air across the home in a controlled manner so that each room gets the air it needs and gets your home at the temperature that you desire.



The biggest downfall when it comes to central air conditioning systems is the initial entry price.  Having a central air conditioning system installed will be more costly than just adding a window AC unit.  The flip side of this, though, is that the central air system will be less expensive to run.  In the short-term, the entry cost of the central AC system will be higher, but over time you will see your energy usage decrease and thus your energy bills as well.  

If you already have a forced hot air system and air ducts in your home, central air conditioning is going to be that much cheaper with the initial install, driving the cost disparity that much closer together.

You want to think about everything from the cost of the energy efficiency, as well as the comfort that these different systems generate when making a decision for your home or business.  We at J & W Heating and Air can assist you with your decision and also help you with the install of a central air conditioning system, helping with the initial installation and follow-up maintenance over time.  A central air conditioning system packs a large number of benefits and understanding them can help you justify that increased entry cost when compared to a window air conditioning unit.


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Stacy Russell
Stacy Russell
15:10 02 Jun 20
I will be recommending J&W to my friends and family. They were very professional and on time. Did a very well job in... a quality manner. Dustin, Mark, and Robert. Worked very well together and was in and out with no cleanup for me to do. Thanks so much for getting my home back to a cool more
Phillip Wallace
Phillip Wallace
13:46 27 May 20
Just had an entirely new, full HVAC install done at our old house in Riverside, which was a fairly big job. Brian and... Will did the installation, and were awesome. There was going to be issues leveling the air handler in the attic, so they moved it to a new spot and hung it instead, getting new parts/changing the plan on the fly. We're much happier with this new setup and location of the air handler. I really appreciated this, their professionalism/thoroughness, and flexibility. Brian and Will worked super-hard, and double-checked everything once the job was done. Would use this company more
Louis Kincheloe
Louis Kincheloe
21:18 01 May 20
Two installers here early this morning. Worked all day. Very professional, extremely well mannered and quick to answer... all my questions. They are Dustin and Robert. Both men went above just installing my new unit, they were personable and knowledgeable in what they were doing. I was surprised when I found out these two hadn't been working that long together. They worked extremely well together. I highly recommend this two more
Shirley Davis-So Brooks
Shirley Davis-So Brooks
18:10 01 Jun 18
Very pleased with installation of York A/C Heating unit. Jason Bottoms and Jason Flatearth were professional, ... arrived on time and completed the job in a timely manner. The unit looks great. They upgraded and repaired everything that needed it. Great more
James Ponciano
James Ponciano
22:46 03 May 18
A snake crawled into my outdoor condenser and stopped my 16 year old Trane last week on Thursday. The power surge took... out my blower unit circuit board and the motor. I called J&W and Rob was over within two hours of my call. I was spec'd a new York 17 seer system and it was up and running on Monday. Technicians Jason and Brian arrived promptly and every facet of the installation was thorough. When completed, I would not of even known they were there except they left my garage cleaner! Thanks J&W!read more
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