Today, air conditioner have advanced to more energy-efficient and quieter models that are easy to maintain and install, compared to the previous models. Below is information of the most popular air conditioner types along with their advantages and disadvantages:
This air conditioner is one of the more common options that slide into window openings. These units are available in cooling-only models or cooling and heating units that can supply heat to a home in the winter months.
These models are affordable and the majority of these units work with electrical wiring that already exist in a home. They are also simple to install.
These units are generally designed to be used only in double-hung windows. For people who live in the northern areas it is advisable to take the units out at the end of a season.
These models are available for under $200 for cooling rooms that are 100-square-foot and go up to $400 to cool rooms between 200 and 500-square-foot. The units that cost in the region of $800 can be used to cool or heat rooms that are 700 to 900-square-foot.
These air conditioners are permanently fixed to a wall in the process of attaching metal sleeved into the wall and then sliding the chassis for the AC from the inside. These air-conditioners are available in cooling-only or cooling and heating options.
These air conditioner fit securely compared to the window units and are aesthetically appealing, they are easy to replace and repair. These units are also ideal for allowing sunlight to enter a room.
The installation process is usually costly, and the units require an opening from the outside wall. The larger units can necessitate a 220-volt dedicated line. In addition, most models will not include the exterior metal-sleeve that will need to be purchased separately.
These units range from about $400 and can cool rooms between 400 and 700 square-foot. For $700 these models are able to cool or heat a room of around 1,000 square-feet.
Window or Wall Mounted
These versatile air conditioner units can be either temporary positioned in windows or they can be mounted permanently to a wall.
These units are the ideal choice for rental properties as they can easily be removed when needed.
These models typically will not come with installation kits for windows. Dependent on the amperage or plug type these units may require a 220-volt circuit.
These units are similar in price to the wall-mounted units.
These mobile air conditioning units feature wheels that allow the unit to be moved from one room to another. These units come with a tube in order to push heat out of an opening made in the wall or a window.
They are easy to store away at the end of summer.
They are more expensive than the window-units and can take up floor space.
Portables range from around $700 to cool rooms between 150 and 300-square-foot and $1,000 and more to cool rooms that are around 500 square-feet.