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It is important to consider the climate and temperature range of the region when adding a new air conditioning unit, among other things. Your greatest source for the information you need is a seasoned HVAC contractor like Airmakers Heating and Air. We’ll most likely consult with you regarding a number of the kinds of units listed below.



Central Air Conditioning

Popular among Point Loma residents, central air is a method of cooling an indoor space where a centralized unit cools down and dehumidifies air flow before circulating it throughout the structure. It often includes a primary unit, which is placed outside the building because noise is created during the refrigeration cycles that cool the air and extract the humidity. A large motorized inflator inside the system pushes air through ductwork in the structure that will evenly cool an entire building.The building, or home, is often equipped with return air ducts that pull air through filters, eliminating pollutants and boosting indoor air quality. The air conditioning unit also vents to the exterior, eliminating excessive heat and moisture.


  • It will cool a house evenly and swiftly and will normally be regulated to sustain a uniform and ideal climate, keeping the entire structure comfortable, even while exterior air temperatures fluctuate.
  • Since the primary unit is located outside the house, the indoor noise level is a lot less than most other air conditioning units.
  • Because of its air filtration system, air in the home is a lot cleaner and healthier for your family.
  • A central air product can combine heat as well, making your unit an all-in-one central heater and A/C unit.


  • The disadvantage of central air conditioning is that it calls for the assistance of a competent HVAC specialist to install. You can’t install it on your own.
  • Hence, it’s the most expensive air conditioning unit for your household and installation may run a few thousand dollars. Call Airmakers Heating and Air Condtioning at 858.530.1822 for an estimate.

Window Air Conditioners

Window Air Conditioners are single units that fit into windows or holes through a wall in your residence; they are self-contained systems that bring air externally and force it into a particular room.


  • Window Air models can be much cheaper than central air conditioning. Nice units can vary from $100 to $200, but usually only cool a single room.
  • After installation, window units are extremely easy to use. More recent styles almost always include a handheld remote control.


  • If you have a lot of rooms, multiple units could get costly. It’s possible to fit window air conditioners yourself, but it may require an HVAC technician depending on the model as well as location.
  • Window air conditioning units do not feature 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 is often an great option for someone who simply can’t afford a new central air conditioning system. Similar to central air, the system is “split” into an exterior compressor and an indoor handling unit. A conduit joins the two units. These kind of 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 good thing about ductless is they don’t require the considerable ductwork and set up of a central cooling system, nor will they require a window opening or large hole like window air conditioners. A ductless mini-split system normally only takes a 3 inch hole to attach the inside unit to the exterior compressor, which can be as much as 50 feet away. These solutions are ideal for retrofitting jobs and room add ons.
  • Ductless mini-split systems are cheaper than central air units, though more expensive than window air conditioners. A pretty good mini-split unit will usually run between $600 and up to $3000, depending on the area 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 will get expensive.
  • Managing temperature control in each room that has a unit will be frustrating and difficult.
  • Just like Window air brands, ductless systems do not incorporate a heating element.

Heat Pumps

In spite of their name, heat pumps are a type of central air conditioning system that also incorporates heat. This is the all-in-one system mentioned previously. It’s a technical cooling system that can be reversed to either heat or cool a controlled room. The main housing of the split system is situated outside and employs ductwork to deliver hot or cold air through your home. These models are our leading sellers as a result of their capacity to control temperature ranges and energy conservation.


  • Heat pumps have the same benefits of other central cooling models.
  • They can be extremely efficient in terms of energy use while supplying powerful output for either hot or cold air flow.
  • Current designs have become effective at regulating individual room temperatures.


  • Heat pumps can run a few thousand dollars for installation, but it depends on the area you need regulated.
  • They are required to be put in by a competent HVAC contractor. Call Airmakers Heating and Air for an estimate at 858.530.1822.

Portable Air Conditioners

Portables will be your least costly choice for cooling, though they’re best used for small rooms and as short-term remedies. Not a practical solution for cooling sizeable areas, portable air conditioners may not be a bad choice for small additions, garages on warm days or to provide temporary relief from the heat in small room.


  • Given they are very small when compared to other air conditioning units, these systems can yield a lot of cool air.
  • These units are small, transportable and can be positioned in almost any room that’s got an outlet.
  • Systems like this are usually available at many hardware and big box stores and typically go between $100 and $300.


  • They normally use up a lot of energy and may add significantly to your energy bill.
  • They are not a practical solution if you wish to cool a large home.

Get Certified HVAC Assistance

Do you still have questions? Make sure you’re getting the perfect unit for your home. Give Airmakers a call at 858.530.1822 and one of our seasoned professionals can help you choose a high performing unit that runs economically, cools your home quickly and quietly, but most of all, works within your tight budget.

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