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When the time comes to upgrade your air conditioning unit, how can you determine which type fits your needs? Airmakers is one of several contractors that often services Poway consumers and we have installed air conditioners for virtually every scenario. The type of model you need for your house depends upon numerous factors. Area, living space, dependability and budget are all necessary criteria.

The climate and temperature variances of your area also play a significant role.We have lots of customers in Poway and RB. We install a number of systems that seem to be popular among the diverse climates and home styles. Whether you live in Sabre Springs or near Poway Lake, let’s check out some systems that might be best for your home.

Central Air Conditioning

Prominent among Poway residents, central air is a way of cooling an indoor location in which a central unit cools down and dehumidifies air before circulating it throughout the structure. It usually includes a principal unit, which is located outside the building since noise is generated during the refrigeration cycles that cool the air and extract the humidity. A large blower within the system pushes air through ductwork in the structure which will consistently cool the entire building.The structure, or home, is normally equipped with return air ducts that push air throughout filters, eliminating toxins and improving indoor air quality. The air conditioning unit also vents to the outdoors, eliminating excessive moisture and heat.


  • It has the ability to cool a home evenly and quickly and can usually be controlled to keep a consistent and desirable temperature, keeping your home comfortable, even as outside temperatures rise.
  • Considering the fact that the primary unit is situated outdoors, the inside noise level is much less than many other air conditioning units.
  • On account of its air filtration system, air through the home is considerably cleaner and healthier for your loved ones.
  • A central air system can incorporate heat as well, making the system an all-in-one heater and A/C unit.


  • The disadvantage of central air conditioning is it requires the help of an experienced HVAC contractor to set up. You can’t fit this system on your own.
  • For that reason, it is the most expensive air conditioning unit for the home and installation will probably 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 pull air from the outside and drive it into a particular room.


  • These kind of systems tend to be much cheaper than central air. Nice systems could cost from $100 to $200, but they usually only cool a single room.
  • After installation, window brands are quite easy to use. Newer varieties usually include a handheld remote control.


  • If you have a big house with lots of rooms, multiple units will get expensive. It’s possible to install window air conditioners yourself, but may require an HVAC contractor depending on the model as well as its location.
  • Window air conditioning units really do not integrate heating solutions. For heat, you’ll have to look at space heaters or furnaces.

Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioning Units

Going ductless can be an excellent choice for anybody who simply can’t afford a new central air conditioning system. Just like central air, the system is “split” into an outside condenser and an interior handling unit. A conduit joins the two devices. These kind of units cool just one room at a time, simillar to window air conditioners and generally come with a remote device to regulate settings.


  • The benefit of ductless is that they don’t require the considerable ductwork and installation of a central cooling system, nor will they need a window or large hole like window air conditioners. A ductless mini-split system generally only needs a 3 inch hole to attach the inside unit to the outdoor compressor, which can be nearly fifty feet away. These kind of systems are ideal for retrofitting jobs and room additions.
  • Ductless mini-split systems are cheaper than central air units, though more expensive than window air conditioners. A quality mini-split unit will normally run between $600 and up to $3000, depending on the space being cooled.


  • Mini-split units are only able to cool just one room in your home so if you have many rooms, installation and operation will get costly.
  • Dealing with temperature control in every room could be time consuming and difficult.
  • Like window AC brands, ductless systems don’t integrate heating options for the winter.

Heat Pumps

In spite of their name, heat pumps are a form of central air unit that also incorporates heat. This is the all-in-one unit mentioned previously. It’s a technical cooling system that can be reversed to offer hot as well as cold air to a regulated space. The main housing of this split system is positioned outdoors and uses ductwork to distribute hot or cold air through your home. These systems are our greatest sellers as a result of their ability to regulate temperature ranges and energy conservation.


  • Heat pumps supply the same benefits of other central cooling models.
  • These systems can be quite efficient with regard to energy use while providing powerful output for either cold or hot air flow.
  • Newer systems are now efficient at controlling individual room climate.


  • Heat pumps will run a few thousand dollars for installation, but it depends on the area you need regulated.
  • They will have to be installed by a certified HVAC contractor. Call Airmakers for an estimate at 858.530.1822.

Portable Air Conditioners

These will be your cheapest alternative for cooling, even though they’re best used for small areas and as short-term solutions. Not a practical alternative for cooling large areas, portable air conditioners aren’t a bad option for small working areas, garages on warm days or to give temporary relief from the heat in small room.


  • Although they are very small compared to other air conditioning units, these systems can output plenty of cool air.
  • They can be small, lightweight and can be positioned in any room that’s got a power outlet.
  • Systems like this are available at almost all hardware and big box retailers and frequently go between $100 and $300.


  • They normally use up a large amount of energy and may increase your power bill.
  • They are not an efficient alternative if you must cool an entire home.

The Ideal Model for Your Family

Will you need a new A/C unit in your home? Still confused about which hvac system is ideal for you? Give us a call at 858.530.1822 and one of our experienced professionals will help you choose a high performing unit that runs efficiently, cools your home quickly and quietly, but most of all, meets your tight budget.

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