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These days you would be hard-pressed to find a modern home without air conditioning already installed. For those that already do, central air remains the standard. This is typically for good reason. Central air cools your entire home. However, in order to do so, you need to have a duct system installed, which can be expensive to do if your home doesn’t already have one in place. But does that automatically make central air better than a window unit? Not necessarily. 

Understanding Cooling Options

While central air and window units do the same thing, they both function and perform well in different ways. Central air cools a whole home, but central air cannot control individual rooms the way a window unit can. This means if you don’t immediately know which type of cooling system to get, you will first need to assess your cooling needs. 

Evaluating Your Cooling Needs

If you have a family that is often spread out all over the house, it may be worth the investment to install central air even if you do not have ducts. However, if your home is fairly small or you spend your time in only a select few rooms, it may be more cost-effective to choose a window unit or some other zone-specific cooling system. In some cases, you may even want both if you want a single room kept at a specific temperature with the whole house still cool. 

While the answer on which system is best is not so clear cut to answer, you can get a good idea of which is right for your home and lifestyle from a knowledgeable HVAC technician. If you are looking to address your cooling needs in your home, you will want to get in touch with a technician and they can walk you through what they recommend based on what you tell them. 

Our team at Honest Air Conditioning of Venice is here to help. Contact us at (941) 496-7566 to learn more about your cooling options or to schedule service!

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