Do you want central air conditioning, but find yourself questioning whether it's really worth the cost? Maybe you tell yourself things like "the window units keep the home cool and they're already here — central air's not really worth it." If your budget really is very tight and you already have window units, then yes, you may be better off putting your money towards something other than central air. But if you can manage to afford central air, it's really worth the cost and not really the splurge you're imagining it to be. It actually has a lot of advantages, such as the following.
It's safer because you don't have to install something in your window each year.
Installing the window units in your windows every year is not just a pain, it can actually be dangerous. You would not be the first or last person to accidentally fall through the window when installing an AC unit. There's also a risk of dropping the unit on your foot or pinching your hand in the window frame. Central AC is installed once, and then you're done — for at least 10 years. A professional HVAC tech does the work, so there's no risk of you injuring yourself. That's a huge benefit, especially considering the cost of healthcare in the U.S.
It's so much easier to use with today's smart thermostats.
Today's central air conditioners are incredibly easy to control and manage. Most HVAC techs now install them with smart thermostats, so you can monitor and control the temperature of your home remotely. This is so much easier than having to run from room to room, turning each window unit on and off, day after day. You'll save yourself so many headaches and you won't constantly be worried about energy use since you can monitor it from a single app.
It will keep your whole home less humid.
Window units are really only effective at cooling the rooms they are in, so the rest of your home stays warm. That's not a huge issue in and of itself, but the spaces that are not cooled are also not dehumidified, which can lead to issues like molding and warped wood. If you install central air conditioning, your whole home will remain less humid, which is better for all of your building materials. You may be spending a little more on a central AC unit, but you'll spend less replacing warped floors and window frames.
Central air conditioning is not entirely essential, but it's not exactly a splurge, either. It's simply a smart purchase for the reasons explained above, and others. To learn more, contact an air conditioning installation service today.