Air Conditioners Different Types
The choices of air conditioners that people can buy is tremendous since there are a variety of air conditioners on the market. The technology behind them is also getting better, yielding more efficient and quieter appliance that are easy to maintain and easy to use. Read on to get the gist of the various air conditioners, their pros, and their cons:
#1. Window Mounted
There are various versions of window-mounted air conditioners. However, the most popular unit are those that are installed temporarily in window openings that occur in double-hung windows. Customers have a choice of a cooling unit or a cooling and heating unit (which is commonly used to supplement the heating appliances available).
- They are very easy to install as they can work perfectly well with existing wiring.
- They are low cost.
- They are designed to be installed on double-hung windows. If you have any other kind of window system, they are difficult to install. Additionally, you need to take down the unit once the season is over.
$200 for units capable of cooling 100-square-foot
$400 for units capable of cooling 200 to 500-square-foot
$900 for units capable of cooling and heating 700 to 900-square-foot.
#2. Wall Mounted
These are usually permanently mounted appliances that are fixed on the wall by sliding their chassis through metal sleeves. They can either be a cooling unit or a cooling and heating unit.
- They are permanently fixed.
- They are easy to install and repair.
- They are more securely installed.
- They do not need storage.
- They are aesthetically pleasing.
- They are costly to install, due to cutting the wall.
- They require new wiring, a dedicated 220-volt line.
- The exterior metal sleeves need to be purchased separately, which cost $50-100.
$400 for units capable of cooling 400-700-square-foot room
Around $700 for units capable of cooling and heating a 1,000-square-foot room
#3. Window Wall-Mounted
This variant of air coolers can be installed in the window or in the wall temporarily.
- They are very versatile
- Their temporary installation nature makes them easy to remove.
- They do not come with window installation kits
- Most of these units require a dedicated 220-volt supply, thus complex to install.
Their price is generally the same as the wall mounted options.
This is an air conditioning unit that is mounted on wheel platform. It, therefore, can be moved from one room to another depending on the need. It also has a heat exhaust tube that can fit through a wall opening or the window.
- It easy to move the unit to where cooling is needed the most
- It is very easy to store at the end of the season
- It is quite costly
- It wastes floor space
- The exhaust tube needs to be installed whenever it is moved, which is tedious.
$700 for units capable of heating 150 to 300-square foot rooms.
$1,000 for units capable of heating 500-square-foot rooms.