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Feb 01, 2021

Do Window AC Units Use a Lot of Electricity?

Do you use window AC units to keep your home cool? Then you may be wondering if switching to a central air conditioning system can lower your monthly utility bills. At Mr. Electric, we provide high quality commercial and residential electrical services for customers in the Houston and Katy, Texas area. If you are considering upgrading your air conditioning system, but aren’t sure if it is worth the costs, then read below for some helpful information that can help you make the best decision for your unique situation. 

Can Your Electrical System Properly Handle Your AC Units? 

The most important factor to consider when choosing between a window unit or central AC is to think about the condition of your electrical system. Many people who live in homes without central air may be older. If so, then ask yourself how long it has been since the electrical system was updated? If it still has the original wiring, then the circuits may not be capable of properly providing electricity to your window unit safely. When purchasing a window unit, look at the voltage. Most units will range between 115 to 220 volts. Avoid choosing one that will be too hard for your circuit to handle, which can not only pose risks to your system, but may also significantly increase your monthly electric bill.

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Benefits of Investing in Central AC or a Ductless Air Conditioning System

Air conditioning system options have expanded a lot in recent years. Central AC units have become more energy efficient, smart thermostats can help property owners better regulate their indoor temperature and many are even turning to ductless mini-split units that can offer long term savings due to decreased electricity usage. While the initial cost of purchasing and installing a ductless or central air conditioning system may be more than a traditional window unit, homeowners will often save a significant amount of money on their utility costs. Installing a quality air conditioning system can also increase the value of a home which is important for those who plan on renting or selling their property in the future.

Determining Which Choice Is Best for Your Needs

Are you struggling to decide which option is best for your property? Very small properties can often get by with a window unit in balanced climates. However, in the South Texas heat, most households will require a substantial amount of energy to use a window unit in every room. For this reason, it is recommended that most people in the Houston area invest in an energy efficient mini-split or central air conditioning system if they want to maximize their investments. 

Do You Need to Upgrade Your Electrical System for Quality Air Conditioning? Call Our Team

Are you ready to make the switch to a mini-split or central AC system? Do you need to upgrade your outdated wiring to ensure your new air conditioner is safe and efficient? Then call the experts at Mr. Electric today. Our certified and insured electricians are ready to help improve the quality of your electrical system. Contact our office for more information about our wide range of services or to schedule an appointment with a licensed electrician in Katy, Tomball, Houston, Texas or a surrounding metro area neighborhood. 

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