Window air conditioners certainly have their appeal. These units are relatively inexpensive and many homeowners are able to install them on their own. At one time, they were among the most feasible alternatives to central air conditioning for homes that lacked HVAC ductwork. Now, however, their inefficiency and the countless problems they cause are becoming increasingly well-known. Following are four reasons why Lumberjack HVAC advises against using a window AC in your Brighton, CO, home.
1. Window Air Conditioners Cause Home Security Issues
Installing a window air conditioner means leaving your window partially open at all hours of the day and night. Not only does this diminish home security but it also takes away peace of mind. If you intend to leave your home in the summer for a short vacation, taking your window AC out and locking the window it was installed in is the only way to ensure that your home doesn’t attract vandals or burglars. Unfortunately, hefting these heavy and cumbersome units to remove them is no easy feat.
Window ACs can also leave a number of small-sized gaps and cracks for rodents and insects to slip in. When you consider the fact that a rat can squeeze through any hole that’s the size of a quarter and mice can fit through openings as small as a pencil eraser, having a window AC becomes all the less appealing.
2. They’re Noisy and Aesthetically Unpleasing
Central air conditioners produce a faint hum during operation. Ductless mini-split air conditioners make virtually no noise at all. Comparatively, window ACs are the loudest cooling units that you can invest in. They often make loud, rumbling sounds as their cooling cycles kick into gear, and their ongoing hissing, popping, and whirring noises can make it difficult to read a book, listen to the television, or even get a good night’s sleep.
With a window air conditioner installed, you’ll lose the functionality of your window, block out natural light, and sacrifice your view of all that lies outdoors. Despite their limited cooling capacity, most window ACs are fairly large. Worst of all, their considerable weight may cause structural damage to the window, the window sill, or the framing that supports it.
3. Window ACs Are Both Ineffective and Inefficient
You can’t use just one window air conditioner to cool down your entire home. Most window ACs can only cool down one room. While there are some units that may be able to cool down two rooms, their cooling capacity is rarely sufficient enough to offset heat gains from normal indoor activities. It’s also important to note that the costs of using a single window air conditioner can match or even exceed the costs of using a ductless mini-split or an efficient central air conditioning system to cool down your entire home.
4. There Are Far Better Alternatives to Window ACs
There once was a time when window air conditioners and low-cost swamp coolers were the best options that homeowners without HVAC ductwork had access to. Now, however, you don’t have to have HVAC ductwork in order to enjoy quiet, efficient, and reliable cooling throughout your entire home.
With ductless mini-split heat pumps and ductless mini-split air conditioners, window ACs are fast becoming a thing of the past. While window air conditioners have the potential to detract from the value and aesthetics of homes, ductless mini-split systems are sleek, inconspicuous, and a highly marketable home feature. In fact, these additions are capable of instantly modernizing older properties.
Where a window AC can cool down just one or two rooms, you can use a ductless mini-split to cool down even your home’s most remote areas. Best of all, these systems are completely customizable. Each room or zone can have its very own the
rmostat and air handler, and building residents can set their preferred temperatures in each area. With a ductless air conditioner, you can limit energy waste and control your home cooling costs, even as you enjoy higher levels of home security and consistent peace of mind.
At Lumberjack HVAC, we’re committed to offering the latest innovations in home heating and cooling equipment. We offer air conditioner and heater maintenance, installation, and repairs to homeowners throughout Brighton, CO, and the surrounding area. Our clients also have access to whole-house dehumidifiers, ductless mini-split systems, and preventative maintenance agreements. To discover the best way to replace your window AC, get in touch with us today.