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Are Window Air Conditioners Energy Efficient?

Installing a central air conditioning unit isn’t always the most cost-effective option. Some people spend the majority of their time only in one or two rooms of the house. In situations like these, it might be better for their budget to purchase a window unit that cools down only these areas. They are significantly less expensive upfront, but are they energy efficient in the long run?

Before you make a purchase to improve the overall comfort of your home, you should know how much these window units are going to cost you. Let’s take a look at whether window units are cost-effective for you to run in the middle of summer.

Choosing the right model matters

Not all window air conditioners are made equally. You need to do a lot of research or check with a local HVAC company before you make a decision on one brand and model. The major item that homeowners should be looking for is the energy efficiency ratio, usually abbreviated as the EER rating. Higher scores mean that the window unit will have better efficiency. A model with an Energy Star rating is even more likely to give you the efficiency that you need.

Consider how much of your home needs cooling

Even a highly efficient window air conditioner is bound to use more electricity than your central air conditioning unit. However, it might cost you less to run a window unit if you only need to cool down one or two rooms. This allows you to only pay for the electricity you need to enjoy the rooms that you actually use. Energy efficiency is bound to decrease dramatically if you attempt to put a window unit in every room of the house.

A central air conditioning unit has to cool down the entire home or at least a single zone because of the way it is designed. Naturally, this requires more electricity than it a window unit that is only cooling a single room. If you need to cool down the entire home, a central air conditioning unit will be more energy efficient. It all boils down to determining how much of your home needs air conditioning.

Buy the right size

Once you know how much of your home needs cooling, it is essential to purchase a window unit that is the right size. Most people need 20 BTUs per square foot in the room. An overpowered unit with far more BTUs than the room can use will be less energy efficient than an appropriately-sized unit. It will require more electricity without any significant benefit, lowering its overall energy efficiency.

It is possible to find a window air conditioner that will be relatively energy efficient for cooling down just a single room. Central air conditioning will be more energy efficient if you need to cool the entire house though. We can help you to make repairs to your central AC unit and upkeep it with ac repair plans. Let Classic Air Conditioning and Heating in Boerne help you to have a cooler and more comfortable summer!

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Karrie Mikle
Karrie Mikle
2022-05-06
Everyone I have dealt with at Classic over the last several years always go the extra mile with customer service. Reliable, pleasant and knowledgeable team - especially JOEY SCALA!
Sarah Rogers
Sarah Rogers
2022-05-03
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CHERYL SCHILLINGS
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William Bragg
2022-04-08
We've been using Classic Air Conditioning & Heating Services for the past five years to include Installation of new units (flawless by the way), bi-annual check-ups that are scheduled and carried out without a second thought on my part, and in emergencies (backed up drain in the bathroom with a response time in under 24 hours to troubleshoot the problem). Their technicians are master's at their craft, personable, and cut to the chase on his service calls. I never feel like I'm being given the run around or a sales pitch with this company. Today, Mitchell Wesch went above and beyond walking us through what was happening and provided a multitude of options and expected timelines for future repairs. Once again, a great example of exemplary customer service. He was able to troubleshoot the problem with zero delay. We're ready for the Texas summer, and are already looking forward to the next scheduled service call. Thank you Classic Services for keeping our home healthy and happy.
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Sondra Von Gyllenband
2022-04-08
These folks are kind and helpful. They will above and beyond to assist. They make sure what needs to be done is done. Sondra
Lexie Gillotti
Lexie Gillotti
2022-04-06
Theresa did an amazing job! She informed me about everything she was doing and took extra pictures so I could have them for my record. She was quick but still answered all my questions. She definitely saved the day when my condensor froze over on the coldest day of the year, leaving my family in the cold. She was out at my house within the hour and had everything fixed in minutes.
MARIE ORTEGA
MARIE ORTEGA
2022-03-29
Very professional presentation and very very quick arrival day Same Day to our needs much better than anyone in San Antonio, very disappointed with services from San Antonio. Importantly corrected our problem in same day. Took their time and gave advice and great great pricing. Won’t go anywhere else. Will always consider local businesses instead.
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Stephanie Corona
2022-02-23
Well, once again, Classic comes to the rescue. I am on their yearly maintenance plan and yesterday Nate showed up for a late afternoon service call. Nate was professional, friendly and knowledgeable. This company never ceases to impress me. From the person that answers the phone to the people that come out to help. ALWAYS on time, responsive and caring. GREAT JOB NATE!!!
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