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Since we devote much of their time installing air conditioning units in Rancho Santa Fe, Olivenhain and Fairbanks Ranch we thought we’d write an article regarding a number of the different types of units you can put in your home if you live there. Here are the types of units to take into account:



Central Air Conditioning

This is a way of cooling an indoor space in which a central component cools and dehumidifies air before distributing it within the building. It usually includes a main unit, which is usually located outside of the building because noise is created during the refrigeration cycles that cool the air and extract the moisture. A large blower within the system pushes air through ducts within the structure that can consistently cool an entire building.The area, or home, is generally fitted with return air ducts that push air throughout filters, removing pollutants and improving indoor air quality. The air conditioning unit also vents to the exterior, eradicating surplus moisture and heat.


  • It has the ability to cool a house consistently and swiftly and will normally be controlled to maintain a uniform and ideal temperature, keeping things comfortable, even as exterior temperatures rise.
  • Considering the fact that the main unit is situated outdoors, the indoor noise level is much less than many other air conditioning units.
  • As a result of its air filtration system, air flow throughout the home is a lot cleaner and healthier for your family members.
  • A centralized air product can incorporate heat as well, making your system an all-in-one heater and air conditioner.


  • The downside of central air conditioning is it requires the aid of a capable HVAC specialist to install. You cannot set up this system by yourself.
  • As a result, it is the most expensive air conditioning unit for your household and installation likely will run a few thousand dollars. Call Airmakers Heating and Air Condtioning at 858.530.1822 for an quote.

Window Air Conditioners

As single units that fit into windows or holes through a wall in your residence; they are self-contained units that take air externally and drive it into a particular room.


  • These kind of units are typically less expensive than central air. Quality systems may range from $100 to $200, but they usually only cool an individual room.
  • Once installed, window brands are extremely easy to use. Current designs almost always come with remote control.


  • If you have a big house with lots of rooms, multiple units will get costly. It is possible to install window air conditioners yourself, but it may require an HVAC specialist depending on the system as well as location.
  • Window air conditioners really don’t incorporate 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 is an excellent choice for anyone who simply can’t afford a new central air conditioning system. Just like central air, the system is “split” into an outdoors compressor/condenser and an interior handling unit. A conduit joins the two systems. These units cool just one room at a time, very much like window air conditioners and generally come with a handheld remote control to regulate settings.


  • The good thing about ductless is they will not require the extensive ductwork and installation of a central cooling system, nor will they need an open window or large hole like window air conditioners. A ductless mini-split system ordinarily only requires a 3 inch gap to link the interior unit to the exterior compressor, which can be as much as fifty feet away. These kind of units are great for retrofitting projects and room add ons.
  • Ductless mini-split systems are less expensive than central air conditioning units, although more expensive than window air conditioners. A decent mini-split unit will normally run between $600 and up to $3000, depending on the space being cooled.


  • Mini-split units can only cool one room so if you have a lot of rooms, installation and operation are going to get costly.
  • Managing temperature control in every room that has a unit could be time consuming and difficult.
  • Like window AC brands, ductless systems don’t integrate a heating element.

Heat Pumps

Despite their name, heat pumps are a variety of central air conditioning system that also incorporates heat. This is the all-in-one unit stated earlier. It’s a mechanical refrigeration system that can be reversed to either heat or cool a regulated room. The main housing of this split system is placed outdoors and makes use of ductwork to distribute hot or cold air around your home. These units are our leading sellers because of their ability to control temperature ranges and energy usage.


  • Heat pumps offer the same advantages of other central cooling models.
  • These systems can be very efficient when it comes to energy use while offering powerful output for either hot or cold air flow.
  • Current models are now efficient at regulating individual room climate.


  • Heat pumps may run a few thousand dollars for parts and installation, though it really depends on the size of your home.
  • They will have to be installed by a professional HVAC contractor. Call Airmakers Heating and Air for an estimate at 858.530.1822.

Portable Air Conditioners

Portable AC units are your least costly choice for cooling, even though they’re best used for small rooms and as temporary remedies. Not a practical alternative for cooling large areas, portable air conditioners may not be a bad option for small living spaces, garages on hot days or to provide temporary relief from the heat in small room.


  • Given they are small when compared to other air conditioning units, portables can produce a good deal of cool air.
  • These units can be small, convenient and can be situated in almost any room that’s got an outlet.
  • Systems like this are usually available at many hardware and big box outlets and frequently run between $100 and $300.


  • They often use up a great deal of electricity and can increase your power bill.
  • They are not an efficient option if you wish to cool an entire home.

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