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Central Air vs. Window Units

Posted on July 15th, 2015 by Jupiter Tequesta

What’s right for your home: central air or a window unit? So many factors come into play, making the decision tougher than you might think. Below, we break down some of the main differences.


Let’s be honest: There’s nothing convenient about installing, uninstalling and reinstalling window air conditioning units every season. If your home doesn’t have air ducts, adding a central air system will require construction, but at least it’s there to stay!

Central Air vs. Window Units - AC Replacement Jupiter, FL

Energy usage

According to Green Building Advisor, “Homes that use window-mounted air conditioners use less energy for cooling than homes with central air conditioning.” How is this even possible? There are a couple of different reasons why. Window-mounted air conditioners are usually used to just cool a few rooms, rather than the whole house. Homeowners also tend to turn window units off when they exit a room.


Are you currently renting your home or apartment? Then you should probably go for a window air conditioning unit, as you can take it with you wherever you go. On the other hand, if you’re a homeowner, portability doesn’t matter very much.


A window AC unit can be picked up at just about any hardware store for less than $200. But installing an entire central air system could cost you thousands of dollars. Still, it could be a worthwhile investment and should last longer than most window air conditioners.

Have more questions about central air and window units? We’re happy to help! Call Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric today:

Jupiter: (561) 747-5740
Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822
Martin: (772) 546-2822
St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822

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