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An excellent air conditioning unit can come in almost any form, dimension, color or brand. Airmakers is one of a couple of providers that routinely services Escondido residents and we have installed air conditioners for nearly every situation. It’s necessary to consider factors such as dependability, guarantee, unit integrity and cost. Most importantly, however, will be the local climate and heat range of the living area you want cooled.

Because of its location in the county, Escondido can get as hot as any community in San Diego. A good air conditioning unit is essential on those days where there seems to be no other relief from the heat. Considering all that, we can look at a few of the kinds of units available that other Escondido consumers have running in their homes.



Central Air Conditioning

For larger areas, this is a way of cooling an indoor location in which a centralized component cools and dehumidifies air before distributing it through the building. It often incorporates a primary unit, which is normally placed outside of the building since noise is generated during the refrigeration cycles that cool the air and extract the moisture. A large ventilator inside the system pushes air through ducts in the structure that will consistently cool the whole building.The structure, or home, is usually installed with return air ducts that pull air through filters, eliminating impurities and restoring indoor air quality. The air conditioning unit also vents to the exterior, removing excess moisture and heat.


  • It will cool a home evenly and quickly and can usually be controlled to maintain a consistent and desired temperature, keeping your home comfortable, even while exterior temperatures rise.
  • Considering the fact that the primary unit is located outdoors, the indoor noise level is significantly less than other air conditioning units.
  • Due to its air filtration system, air flow in the home is a lot cleaner and healthier for your family.
  • A centralized air product can combine heating as well, making your unit an all-in-one heater and air conditioner.


  • The downside of central air conditioning could be that it demands the help of a reliable HVAC company to set up. You cannot put in it on your own.
  • As a result, it is the most expensive air conditioning unit for your home and installation will probably run a few thousand dollars. Call Airmakers at 858.530.1822 for an estimate.

Window Air Conditioners

These are single units that fit within windows or holes through a wall in your home; they are self-contained units that take air externally and push it into a individual room.


  • Window Air units can be much cheaper than central air. Effective units could cost from $100 to $200, but they generally can only cool a single room.
  • After installation, window models are very easy to use. Current styles almost always include a remote control.


  • If you have a lot of rooms, multiple units will get costly. It is possible to fit window air conditioners yourself, but may require an HVAC technician depending on the system as well as location.
  • Window air conditioners really don’t include heating solutions. For heat, you’ll want to look at space heaters or furnaces.

Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioning Units

Getting a ductless mini-split unit can be an excellent alternative for anybody who simply can’t afford a new central heating and air system. Just like central air, the system is “split” into an outdoor compressor and an interior handling unit. A conduit joins the two systems. These units cool a single room at a time, much like window air conditioners and generally come with a handy remote control to change settings.


  • The benefit of ductless is they don’t require the considerable ductwork and installation of a central cooling system, nor will they need a window opening or large hole like window systems. A ductless mini-split system normally only requires a 3 inch hole to connect the indoor unit to the outdoor compressor, which may be as much as fifty feet away. These solutions are ideal for retrofitting projects and room additions.
  • Ductless mini-split systems are cheaper than central air units, though more expensive than window air conditioners. A pretty good mini-split unit will normally run between $600 and as much as $3000, depending on the area being cooled.


  • Mini-split units are only able to cool one room so if you have a whole lot of rooms, installation and operation can get expensive.
  • Regulating temperatures in every room that has a unit can be time consuming and difficult.
  • Similar to window AC brands, ductless systems will not integrate a heating element.

Heat Pumps

Despite their name, heat pumps are a type of central cooling system that also integrates heat. This is the all-in-one system stated earlier. It is a technical cooling system that can be reversed to either heat or cool a regulated room. The principle housing of the split system is positioned outdoors and uses ductwork to distribute hot or cold air throughout your home. These systems are our greatest sellers due to their ability to control temperatures and energy conservation.


  • Heat pumps have the same benefits of other central cooling units.
  • These systems could be very efficient with regard to energy use while supplying powerful output for either hot or cold air flow.
  • Current models have become effective at regulating individual room temperature ranges.


  • Heat pumps may run a few thousand dollars for parts and installation, depending on the area you need regulated.
  • Heat pumps must be installed by a qualified HVAC contractor. Call Airmakers Heating and Air Conditioning for an estimate at 858.530.1822.

Portable Air Conditioners

Portable AC units will be your least costly choice for cooling, though they are best used for small spaces and as temporary solutions. Not a practical solution for cooling sizeable areas, portable air conditioners may not be a bad alternative for small additions, garages on hot days or to give momentary relief from the heat in small room.


  • Although they are very small compared to other air conditioning units, these systems can yield plenty of cool air.
  • They tend to be small, convenient and can be put in virtually any room that has an outlet.
  • Systems like this can be obtained at many hardware and big box outlets and typically go between $100 and $300.


  • They normally use up a lot of energy and can increase your power bill.
  • They are not an efficient solution if you need to cool an entire house.

Need more answers?

Several of the units named above might be a fine option for your home. Should you need help deciding, want an expert opinion or need an estimate, contact us at 858.530.1822. We’ll help you find an AC unit that’s not only efficient and powerful, but one that fits within your budget. One of our technicians is standing by right now to answer all of your questions.

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