Buying a new AC device can be an expensive investment. It is therefore understandable that you are looking at window or wall-mounted units.
These types of units are smaller, easier to install, and generally cost less overall than a central air unit.
In addition, they are good enough to allow individual air conditioning in a room. If the space you want to cool was recently added, they can also help reduce the cost of new plumbing. However, is it better to use a window unit or wall bracket?
This guide has been compiled to help you make the best decision for your home when deciding between window or wall-mounted units.
These units have a number of advantages over window-mounted units. The most obvious benefit is that you don’t have to give up a window in exchange for air conditioning. If you’re looking for natural ventilation on a cool day, this option is still available to you.
In addition, the installation process of a wall unit enables the required hole to be conveniently made in the wall. This means better sealing of the device and less possible air leakage. Some units can be mounted, but these are not as common as units that go through the wall.
However, the wall-mounted air conditioners are not without their disadvantages. Obviously, you need to poke a hole in the wall. So if you want to sell the house you will either have to pay to mend the hole or lose the unit entirely. For this reason, you may not be allowed to install a wall unit at all in a rental unit.
You will also need specially made mounts to ensure that the mount can support its own weight. These things mean that a properly installed wall unit requires professional installation and the installation cost is usually higher than a window mount.
Window mounted units
These types of units are very popular because of their low cost and ease of installation. Window air conditioners are a much easier installation, and there are brackets available to help protect your device from theft or inclement weather. Ultimately, the window mount is the cheaper option compared to the wall mounted units, but it works just as well.
If you change your mind, most window units can be used as a wall mount (although the opposite is not the case). Finally, due to their ease of installation, they can be taken home from home.
The main disadvantage is the loss of the window. In addition, the device is not as well protected against the elements and must be brought inside if you are expecting serious weather or during the winter months.
Additionally, for window installations, the size of the device is even more important if you want a proper seal. A poorly sized air conditioner can be a waste of time and money, which makes proper measurement all the more important.
Ultimately: trust the experts
Deciding what type of air conditioner to use in general can be a daunting task. Ultimately, the best strategy is to assess your needs and, if you are still unsure, ask an expert.
Everyone has different needs, and while this guide can help you head in the right direction, knowing what is available and the pros and cons of each option is critical to a comfortable and happy home.