If you live in a region that experiences a regular amount of hot, humid days, then having the right type of air conditioning unit is especially important. For generations, air conditioning has brought tremendous comfort and convenience to families across the globe. Today’s technology has created a respectable variety of air conditioners that are tailored to different types of homes. How do you know which one is best for you?

EfficiencyWhat’s the Best Type of Permanent Air Conditioner?

More than anything else, you want an AC unit that is efficient for your home. If you live in a multi-storied home and own an AC unit that focuses on one room, that does nothing for you in the long run. No matter how good it is at cooling your bedroom, the rest of your home will feel uncomfortable during the summer if you don’t have the most efficient air conditioning.


On the other hand, you also don’t want to spend too much money on one system when a cheaper alternative does better for you. For instance, while having central air conditioning may be the most effective method of cooling your home, you don’t necessarily need that form of air conditioning if you live in a single-story trailer. A window unit or portable unit will likely do just fine.


Lastly, it’s important to have the right type of AC unit that not only cools your home properly but also lowers your monthly utility bills. Owning a unit that only covers part of the home means needing to use it constantly if you intend to only buy one. If your unit needs to run all the time, then your bills will be higher. You also want to make sure the unit you buy is new enough that it uses less energy to get the job done.


To that end, here are some recommended options for you to have the best unit possible for your living situation:

Window AC Unit

These are the most popular types of air conditioning for homes across the United States. It takes little effort to install because it simply goes inside the window of whatever room you’re in. If you live in a mobile home or a single-story unit, these can be quite beneficial. The downside comes when you need to buy multiple units for the other rooms, adding to your expenses.

Related: 5 Problems with Window Air Conditioners

Ductless mini-split Air Conditioning

Another option is the ductless mini-split form of AC. The nice thing about these units is that they require little ducting, making it look nicer in the home. If you simply want to cool a portion of your home, this can be a great option for you. Like window air conditioners, though, they aren’t meant to cool an entire house on their own.

Central Air Conditioning

If you live in a multi-storied home, having central air conditioning may be the best option in the long run. This form of air conditioning is excellent at cooling the entire home all at once. The major downside is the expense. Not only is it expensive to install due to the indoor and outdoor units and ducting systems that need to be put in place, but it can also be expensive to run during certain warmer periods to keep the home comfortable.

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