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Considering a new air conditioning unit for your Imperial Beach home? But how hot can it really get that close to the water? In recent years, we’ve seen some pretty crazy weather and have gotten our fair share of calls from Imperial Beach residents looking for relief. So what kind of units do most residents get?

It’s very important to consider the climate and temperature variables of the region when installing a new air conditioning unit, among other things. Your best source for the right information is a seasoned HVAC contractor like Airmakers Heating and Air. We’ll likely talk to you about a number of the types of systems shown below.



Central Air Conditioning

This is a way of cooling an indoor location in which a central unit cools down and dehumidifies air flow before distributing it throughout the building. It usually includes a principal unit, which is situated outside of the building because noise is created during the refrigeration cycles that cool the air and removes the moisture. A large ventilator within the unit pushes air through ductwork in the structure that will evenly cool an entire building.The building, or home, is often fitted with return air ducts that draw air throughout filters, removing contaminants and improving indoor air quality. The air conditioning unit also vents to the exterior, reducing excessive moisture and heat.


  • It will cool your home evenly and swiftly and can normally be regulated to keep a consistent and ideal environment, keeping things comfortable, even as exterior conditions vary.
  • Given that the principle unit is located outdoors, the indoor noise level is significantly lower than most other air conditioning units.
  • Due to its air filtration system, air flow through the home is much cleaner and healthier for your family.
  • A centralized air system can combine heat as well, making your system an all-in-one heater and A/C unit.


  • The drawback to central air conditioning is that it calls for the help of a qualified HVAC contractor to set up. You can’t set up it by yourself.
  • As a result, it’s the most expensive air conditioning unit for your home and installation is likely to run a few thousand dollars. Call Airmakers at 858.530.1822 for an quote.

Window Air Conditioners

Window Air Conditioners are single units that fit into windows or holes through a wall in your home; they are self-contained systems that pull air from the outside and drive it into a specified room.


  • These kind of units can be much cheaper than central air conditioning. Quality systems could cost from $100 to $200, but they generally can only cool a single room.
  • After installation, window units are very easy to use. Current models usually include a handheld remote control.


  • If you have a lot of rooms, multiple units will get costly. It’s possible to mount window air conditioners yourself, but it may require an HVAC contractor depending on the model and its location.
  • Window air conditioners do not include heating solutions. For heat, you’ll need to look at space heaters or furnaces.

Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioning Units

Buying a ductless mini-split system can be an great alternative for anyone who cannot afford a new central air conditioning system. Like central air, the system is “split” into an outside compressor and an indoor handling unit. A conduit joins the two units. These units cool only one room, very much like window air conditioners and in most cases come with a remote device to change settings.


  • The good thing about ductless is that they will not require the substantial ductwork and installation of a central cooling system, nor will they require a window opening or large hole like window systems. A ductless mini-split system generally only needs a 3 inch gap to link the interior unit to the outside compressor, which can be nearly fifty feet away. These kind of systems are good for retrofitting projects and room add ons.
  • Ductless mini-split systems are cheaper than central air conditioning units, although more expensive than window air conditioners. A quality mini-split unit will usually run between $600 and as much as $3000, depending on the spot being cooled.


  • Mini-split units are only able to cool one room in your home so if you have a whole lot of rooms, installation and operation can get costly.
  • Managing temperatures in every room can be frustrating and difficult.
  • Just like window AC units, ductless systems will not incorporate a heating element.

Heat Pumps

Notwithstanding their name, heat pumps are a variety of central air unit that also incorporates heat. This is the all-in-one system mentioned above. It’s a mechanical cooling system that can be reversed to offer hot as well as cold air to a controlled room. The principle housing of the split system is positioned outdoors and employs ductwork to distribute cold or hot air around your home. These models are our greatest sellers as a result of their capacity to control temperatures and energy usage.


  • Heat pumps have similar advantages of other central cooling units.
  • These systems can be very efficient when it comes to energy use while supplying powerful output for either cold or hot air.
  • Recent systems are now efficient at controlling individual room temperature ranges.


  • Heat pumps could easily run a few thousand dollars for complete installation, though it really depends on the size of your home.
  • They will need to be put in by a certified HVAC contractor. Call Airmakers for an estimate at 858.530.1822.

Portable Air Conditioners

These will be your cheapest option for cooling, even though they’re best used for small areas and as temporary remedies. Not a practical solution for cooling major areas, portable air conditioners may not be a bad option for small working areas, garages on hot days or to give short-term relief from the heat in small room.


  • Given they are small compared to other air conditioning units, portable units can produce a lot of cool air.
  • They can be small, transportable and can be positioned in just about any room with an outlet.
  • Systems like this can be obtained at most hardware and big box stores and frequently run between $100 and $300.


  • They generally use a great deal of energy and can add significantly to your power bill.
  • They are not a practical alternative if you wish to cool a large house.

Need help deciding on the best system for your household?

Do you need a new AC unit in your home? Are you still unsure which hvac system is ideal for you? Give Airmakers a call at 858.530.1822 and one of our seasoned professionals will help you choose a high performing unit that runs efficiently, cools your home quickly and quietly, but most of all, fits within your tight budget.

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The Best Heating and Air Conditioning Unit for Your Imperial Beach Home
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