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Getting a new AC unit can be a pricey investment, so it’s understandable that you might be looking at window or wall mounted units.

These types of units are smaller, are easier to install, and generally cost less overall than a central air unit.

Furthermore, they are good enough to allow for individual climate control in a room. If the room you are trying to cool is a recent addition, they can also help save on the cost of new ductwork. However, is it better to go with a window unit or a wall mount?

This guide was put together to help you make the best decision for your home when deciding between window or wall mounted units.

Wall-Mounted Units

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These units have a number of advantages over window mounted units. The most obvious benefit is that you are not forced to give up a window in exchange for the air conditioner. If you are looking for natural ventilation on a cool day, you still have that option available.

Furthermore, the installation process of a wall unit allows for the required hole in the wall to be purpose made. This means a better seal for the unit, reducing potential air leakage. Some units can be mounted, but these are not as common as units that go through the wall.

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However, the wall-mounted air conditioning units are not without their downsides. Obviously, you are having to put a hole through the wall, which means if you plan to sell the house you either have to pay to patch the hole or lose the unit entirely. It is for this reason that if you are in a rental unit, you might not be allowed to install a wall-unit at all.

You will also need purpose-built brackets to ensure the mount can support its own weight. These matters mean that a professional installation is required for a properly installed wall unit and installation costs are usually higher than with a window mount.

Window Mounted Units

These types of units are rather popular thanks to their low cost and ease of installation. Window mounted air conditioners are a much simpler installation, and brackets exist to help secure your unit to protect against theft or inclement weather. Ultimately, the window mount is the cheaper option as compared to the wall-mounted units, but works just as well.

Furthermore, if you change your mind, most window units can be used as a wall mount (though the inverse is not true). Finally, because of their easy installation, they can be taken from home to home.

The downside is, first and foremost, loss of the window. Furthermore, the unit is not as well protected against the elements and must be brought inside if you’re expecting serious weather or during the winter months.

Furthermore, the size of the unit is even more important for window installations if you want a proper seal. A poorly sized air conditioner may end up being a waste of time and money, making proper measuring all the more important.

Ultimately: Trust the Experts

The decision on what kind of air conditioner unit in general can be a daunting task. Ultimately, the best policy is to evaluate your needs and, if you are still uncertain, ask an expert.

Certified HVAC techs such as those at Adams AC are more than capable of providing guidance on the best air conditioner unit for you and your home.

Everybody has different needs and while this guide can help point you in the right direction, knowing what is available and the pros and cons of all the options is critical to providing a comfortable, happy home.