Texas weather can be brutal, especially if you lack any sort of air conditioning in your home. Installing a central air conditioning unit is quite the undertaking and can be expensive; so many homeowners opt for window units or ductless A/C units instead. But do these units actually work and are they energy efficient? Window units and ductless units use less energy than a central unit uses. Window units make sense in small spaces, but if you have a larger home or want to cool a larger room, you may want to consider installing a ductless air conditioning system.
Below we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions about window A/C units and ductless A/C units:
Can My Electrical System Handle Air Conditioning?
An A/C window unit is more powerful than most household appliances, so it is important that your electrical system is capable of handling the new addition. Small 115-volt window units with a 15-amp requirement can be used with standard outlets, but large units with 125 or 220 volts and higher require an outlet that is not shared and will only be used for the unit. If you don’t have one available, you’ll have to have one installed by a professional electrician. If you have an older home with an aging electrical system, or if you are unsure if your home can handle a window unit, contact Mr. Sparky to have a trained electrician check your system before you attempt installation.
Is Ductless Air Conditioning a Better Option?
If a window unit is not your style, or is prohibited by your homeowners association, you may consider a ductless air conditioner. A ductless air conditioner, or mini-split unit, is more expensive than a window unit but much more powerful. Ductless A/C’s are more energy efficient than central A/C systems, and cool a much larger area than a window unit. The ductless A/C has convenient features like timers and programmable settings, so you can set it at a lower temperature at night or when you’re not home to save money, much like a central A/C unit. It’s also a much quieter option than a traditional window unit, since the cooling portion of the unit is located outside. You will need to have a licensed professional install your ductless A/C unit, however, the installation process is less involved, and cost less than a central air system.
What’s the Least Expensive Option?
At the end of the day, a window unit will most likely cost you less than a ductless or central A/C unit, but it may not be able to give you the kind of cooling you’re looking for when faced with Texas triple-digit heat. If you need more than one window unit, a ductless A/C will save you much more money long-term, even with its initial installation costs.
Whatever option you choose for your cooling needs, Mr. Sparky can make sure your electrical system is up to the challenge. For more information or help with your home or business’ electrical system, contact us at 210-764-5088.