Central air conditioning can be pricey and consumes a lot of electricity. If you are still starting to live by yourself in a small apartment, you might want to find ways to spend less money on your expenses so you can save up for your future. But it is hard to live without air conditioning especially on summer seasons. The sweltering heat is not only uncomfortable but can also be bad for your health.
However, do you know that there are alternatives for a traditional central air conditioning that you can use so you won’t consume too much electricity or spend a lot of money on the installation? Here are several air conditioning options for your home that do not have to be expensive at all!
Window Air Conditioners
Do you want an air conditioner that is energy efficient and doesn’t take up too much space? Window air conditioners are small and are installed on your wall or window. The back of the unit is sticking outside because that part is where it will vent. This type of air conditioner cools a part of your home and helps you save money with low energy bills.
The only disadvantage of this air conditioning option is that it won’t allow you to enjoy the view from your window and it will block natural light from coming in. When shopping for a window air conditioner, look for a unit that suits the size of your window. The cost this air conditioner ranges from $200 to $1,000 depending on the cooling capabilities of the unit as well as the size, shape, and brand.
People who live in small apartments or houses will find window air conditioners efficient but if you want something that is portable, then this unit is not the one for you.
Portable Air Conditioners
A portable air conditioner will be helpful for those who want to save money by cooling only one part of the house at a time. If you have a centralized air conditioning system, the whole house is cooled even if you are using only one part of the house. Portable A/Cs come with special adapter kits that allow the units to vent the heat outside of the window or through the fireplace. But even if you already have an HVAC system, this type of A/C is still very useful.
The disadvantage when using portable air conditioners is that they are usually pricier compared to window air conditioners and will use more energy. But if you don’t mind spending a little more money for the portability, then it will be worth it. The prices of portable A/Cs can be as low as $300 or as expensive as $1,500. But then again, the price of the unit will depend on the features, the energy efficiency, size, shape, and of course the brand that you want to buy.
Ductless air conditioners or mini-split air conditioners are great alternatives if you want a quieter air conditioning system at home. They are quieter than a central air conditioner since the evaporator is connected to a small condenser that will be placed outside of your home. This unit might be more expensive than other alternatives but are more energy efficient than an HVAC system. The evaporator is placed high on your wall and might come with a remote control so you can achieve the temperature that you want for your room. The price of this kind of A/C ranges from $1,500 to $5,000. For more information about installing home ducted air conditioning, Acclaim Air Conditioning Pty Ltd | Gold Coast Air Con Experts are available for a free consult.
Air conditioning is very important especially when the summer season comes. But you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get the comfort that you want. These air conditioning options are great for when you are trying to save money on expensive energy bills. Contact an expert to know more about them and to know which one suits your home.