Know All There Is to Know About Individual Room AC Units

In a house without central air conditioning in every room, the addition of an individual room AC can keep occupants comfortable. Situations where this may be considered include a house constructed without central AC ductwork or a new addition to a home where extending existing ductwork just isn’t feasible. To add the benefit of cool, affordable comfort to an individual room, here are some of the available options:

  • Window units. Window AC units have come a long way in efficiency and effectiveness, making them a great option for individual room AC. Today’s window units offer a high energy efficiency ratio (EER), meaning they provide more cooling for less cost. A window unit is also usually a quick, uncomplicated installation that doesn’t require major alterations. New units are more compact and present a lower profile. Many window units also incorporate air-quality options such as air-purifier technology.
  • Ductless mini-splits. A mini-split provides both cooling and heating to individual rooms with the superior efficiency of a heat pump, yet without the need for ductwork. These units consist of a compact outdoor heat pump that’s about the size of a large suitcase and a low-profile, wall-mounted indoor air handler that provides efficient cooling and heating to a single room. The two units are connected by a narrow conduit that conveys refrigerant and requires only a single, 3-inch hole in an exterior wall. Multiple single-room units may be connected to a single outdoor heat pump.
  • Portable AC. These self-contained units on wheels can be moved from one room to another. Installation of the required exhaust-hose kit in an available window or sliding door vents is usually a do-it-yourself task most homeowners can handle. However, a portable air conditioner is generally the least-efficient option for an individual room AC. Because the entire unit including the compressor is indoors, a portable AC contributes “waste heat” to an enclosed room, which reduces overall cooling efficiency and the effectiveness of the unit.

If this summer’s heat has you thinking about options for individual room AC, contact the cooling pros at Paitson Bros. We’ve been keeping the Wabash Valley cool every summer since 1922.

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