Top Alternative Options to Central Air

In the Florida heat, finding efficient ways to cool one’s home is essential. Currently, central air has more or less become the standard for home cooling. However, homeowners should be aware that it isn’t the only option. If your home doesn’t have central air, or maybe if you’re just looking for a more efficient way to cool your home, there are many other temperature control system choices to consider. To learn about some of the top alternative options to central air, continue reading.

Ductless Mini-Splits

One of the best alternative options to central air are ductless mini-split units. Ductless mini-splits operate similarly to central air units, except they don’t use ductwork to push air throughout a home. Instead, they’re installed in each room that needs heating or cooling, and they dump temperature-controlled air directly into that zone.

There are many reasons to switch to a ductless mini-split system. Due to the lack of ductwork, mini-split units are often far more energy-efficient than traditional central air systems, as there’s no loss of energy when air is transported to its intended location. In addition, mini-split systems are often quieter and far easier to install, making them great alternatives.

Window Units

Other ductless alternatives to central air are window units. Like mini-split systems, each window unit also cools a single room or zone. As their name suggests, window units are installed in the windows of a home. They have double-shaft fan motors, which consist of fans mounted on each side of the unit. When depositing temperature-controlled air into the home, they simultaneously release the exhaust from the system outside. Window units are widely considered the simplest form of cooling, and they’re good options for people who prioritize simple installation.

Portable Air Conditioners

A portable air conditioner is a self-contained temperature control system designed to cool an individual room. Generally, it sits on the floor and is equipped with wheels so that you can easily move it into different rooms when necessary. Portable air conditioners are by far the easiest to install, as they effectively don’t require any installation. Simply place them in the room you wish to cool, and you’re all set. Portable air conditioners are great options for homeowners who desire supplemental cooling in certain rooms or who have flexible cooling needs.

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