When you need to add an air conditioning system to your home, you may think of just getting a window unit or a portable unit so you can cool your space very quickly and cheaply. While it's true that you can have a window or portable air conditioner working by the time you get it home from the store, there are some reasons to consider having a ducted system installed in your home instead. Note a few benefits of ducted air conditioning systems and some drawbacks of portable units that sit on the floor or in a window.
1. Unobtrusive design
A window air conditioning system will block out the light and your view from the window. This is very important to consider when the window is already small and you may not be getting much light into a room anyway. You may not want a large, bulky unit taking up half a window frame during summertime when you've been waiting for sunshine and a nice view. Portable units may only need their duct to sit in a windowsill while the unit itself sits on the floor, but a large air conditioning unit with a long hose attached to a window is not very attractive. If you're concerned about your view or the overall appearance of your space, a ducted system is the right option.
2. Weight and ease of installation
While a portable unit may sit on the floor of a room, a window unit sits right on the windowsill and, in turn, may put added weight on the frame. You may need to brace it up from behind, and this is not only very unattractive but can be difficult when the unit is on a second story. You may then also need to remove the window unit during wintertime, to cut down on potential drafts. This makes your window unit not so convenient after all!
A ducted unit will usually cool a larger area of your home at once; a central unit will keep the entire home cool. This also cuts down on the amount of moisture or humidity in the home. In turn, you may see less risk of mold and mildew growth. A window air conditioner may allow in humidity if it doesn't fit snugly, and portable units also don't cool enough of your home at once to reduce this risk of moisture buildup. If you live in a very humid area, a ducted system can offer more protection for your home itself.
For more information on ducted air conditioning and its benefits, contact an air conditioning installation company, such as Climate Control.