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Purchasing a new air conditioner for you home in Carlsbad? At some point, you’ll wish to talk to a licensed HVAC contractor. To figure out which is the optimal system for your home, you’ll need to solicit the guidance of somebody that knows the heating and air business. A qualified professional will review every factor to determine the best unit for your household, including the climate conditions and temperature variations of your community.

Temperatures in Carlsbad are generally quite moderate, but Calrsbad is so big, that many homes are located further inland and can get more of the extreme temperatures, especially the heat during summer. Carlsbad Village may not get too hot – though we have installed plenty of AC units there – drive west on Tamarack and you’ll notice how much warmer things get. A good idea is to hire a heating and air contractor to come out and take a look at your home. They will likely have a thorough recommendation for you. But let’s not dive directly into everything quite yet. Let’s have a look at a few of the various systems.



Central Air Conditioning

Central Air Conditioning is a way of cooling an interior space where a centralized system cools and dehumidifies air flow before circulating it through the building. It often incorporates a primary unit, which is situated outside the building because noise is generated during the refrigeration cycles that cool the air and removes the moisture. A large ventilator within the unit pushes air through ducts in the structure that can equally cool the whole building.The area, or home, is normally installed with return air ducts that draw air throughout filters, eliminating toxins and restoring indoor air quality. The air conditioning unit also vents to the exterior, eliminating excess heat and moisture.


  • It has the ability to cool your home consistently and quickly and can usually be regulated to maintain a uniform and desired climate, keeping the entire structure comfortable, even as exterior temperatures rise.
  • Considering the fact that the main unit is situated outside the house, the inside noise level is much less than most other air conditioning units.
  • Because of its air filtration system, air through the home is considerably cleaner and healthier for your loved ones.
  • A centralized air product can integrate heating as well, making the system an all-in-one heater and A/C unit.


  • The downside of central air conditioning is it requires the assistance of a reliable HVAC contractor to set up. You cannot install it by yourself.
  • Consequently, it is the most expensive air conditioning unit for the home and installation will likely run a few thousand dollars. Call Airmakers Heating and Air at 858.530.1822 for an quote.

Window Air Conditioners

These are single units that fit directly into windows or holes through a wall in your home; they are self-contained devices which take air from the outside and drive it into a specified room.


  • These kind of units can be less expensive than central air conditioning. Effective systems may range from $100 to $200, but they generally can only cool an individual room.
  • Once installed, window brands are very easy to use. More recent varieties usually come with remote control.


  • In a home with many rooms, multiple units could get expensive. You could fit window air conditioners yourself, but may require an HVAC professional depending on the model as well as its position.
  • Window air conditioning units really don’t integrate heating solutions. For heat, you’ll have to look at space heaters or furnaces.

Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioning Units

Buying a ductless mini-split system can be an good alternative for anyone who cannot afford a new central air system. Just like central air, the system is “split” into an outdoor compressor and an indoor handling unit. A conduit joins the two systems. These systems cool only one room at a time, very much like window air conditioners and generally include a handheld remote control to change settings.


  • The advantage of ductless is that they will not require the substantial ductwork and installation of a central cooling system, nor will they need an open window or large hole like Window air systems. A ductless mini-split system normally only needs a 3 inch gap to connect the inside unit to the outside compressor, which can be as much as fifty feet away. These systems are great for retrofitting projects and room add ons.
  • Ductless mini-split systems are less expensive than central air conditioning units, but more expensive than window air conditioners. A decent mini-split unit will most likely run between $600 and as much as $3000, depending on the area being cooled.


  • Mini-split units can only cool one room so if you have a whole lot of rooms, installation and operation will get costly.
  • Regulating temperatures in every room that has a unit can be time consuming and difficult.
  • Like window AC units, ductless systems don’t integrate heating options for the winter.

Heat Pumps

Despite their name, heat pumps are a type of central cooling unit that also provides heat. This is the all-in-one system mentioned above. It is a technical refrigeration system that can be reversed to offer hot as well as cold air to a regulated space. The principle housing of the split system is located outside and employs ductwork to disperse cold or hot air around your home. These units are our best sellers because of their capability to change temperature ranges and energy conservation.


  • Heat pumps offer the same benefits of other central cooling models.
  • They can be extremely efficient when it comes to energy use while delivering powerful output for either hot or cold air flow.
  • Recent models are efficient at regulating individual room climate.


  • Heat pumps could easily run a few thousand dollars for parts and installation, depending on the area you need regulated.
  • They are required to be installed by an experienced HVAC contractor. Call Airmakers Heating and Air for a quote at 858.530.1822.

Portable Air Conditioners

These are your cheapest choice for home cooling, even though they’re best used for small areas and as temporary remedies. Not a practical choice for cooling large areas, portable air conditioners are not a bad choice for small working areas, garages on warm days or to supply short-term relief from the heat in small room.


  • Though very small when compared to other air conditioning units, portables can yield a good deal of cool air.
  • They are small, transportable and can be situated in just about any room that’s got an outlet.
  • Systems like this can be purchased at almost all hardware and big box retailers and normally go between $100 and $300.


  • They frequently use a great deal of power and can increase your energy bill.
  • They are not an efficient option if you must cool a large house.

The Perfect System for Your Home

Several of the items named above may be a good choice for your family. If you’d like help deciding, want knowledgeable opinion or need an estimate, give us a call at 858.530.1822. We’ll help you find an air conditioning system that’s not only efficient and powerful, but one that fits within your budget as well. A heating and air professional is waiting for your call.

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