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If it’s time to upgrade your air conditioning unit, how can you determine which type fits your needs? Our company is among a few providers that frequently provides HVAC services to Santee homeowners and we have installed air conditioning units for just about every scenario. The type of model you need for your home relies on many factors. Area, space, dependability and budget are all important variables. The climate and heat fluctuations of your area also play a significant role.Santee gets hot, especially during the summer.



We spend a lot of time installing air conditioning units in Santee, Lakeside and El Cajon. It’s a unique area. Even though there are valleys that create some pretty powerful wind gusts, there is less circulation than in other areas of the county to help cool things off. It’s also much further inland than the coastal communitees and temperatures can rise one degree for every mile you travel inland. By the time you get to Santee, summer temperatures can easily get into triple digits.Considering the average temperatures of Santee, let’s take a look at a few systems that may be ideal for your home.

Central Air Conditioning

Central air is a method of cooling an inside area in which a central unit cools and dehumidifies air before circulating it within the structure. In most cases, the air is generated from an exterior unit fitted with a motorized inflator or fan which drives cool air all around the home.A system of air ducts is fitted through the home with filters that can clean the air as it circulates. The exterior unit and the interior ductwork make central air a “split” system. The air conditioning unit also vents to the exterior of the building, eliminating excess moisture and heat.

Is a central air conditioning system the best choice for Santee consumers?

There are a number of benefits of centralized air. It can cool a house evenly and quickly and will usually be regulated to sustain a consistent and desired temperature, keeping your home comfortable, even as outdoor air temperatures increase. Since the central unit is placed outdoors, the indoor noise level is much lower than other air conditioning units.

Restoring Indoor Air Quality

Due to its air filtering process, air in the home will be considerably cleaner and healthier for you and your family members. A centralized air system will likely combine heat as well, making you’re unit an all-in-one heating component and air conditioner.

Installing Your Central Air Conditioner via HVAC Contractor

We aren’t going to refer to it as a disadvantage, but you will not be able to install your system yourself. You’ll need the aid of a licensed HVAC professional. Once you add parts and installation, a central air conditioner will probably be your most expensive option for AC.To get an estimate, call Airmakers at 858.530.1822 for some of the best prices for Santee residents.

Window Air Units

Window air conditioning units are single units that fit inside window openings or holes through a wall in your home.They are self-contained devices that extract air from the outside and force it into a particular area.

A Less Expensive Solution

Window units provide a much more affordable option for those on a budget. Their cost differs from $100 to $300 or more, but they can’t cool more than one room at any one time. For anyone with a big house with multiple rooms, this may get pretty expensive. Small window units usually can be mounted by anyone, but large, heavy units might require an HVAC specialist.

How easy are window air conditioning units to use?

Installation might be a challenge, but once they are mounted, window units tend to be very easy to use. More recent styles often come with remote control. The difficulty is trying to regulate an entire house. Because each room needs to be adjusted separately, it can be difficult going from area to area setting air temperature.As opposed to central air conditioning units, you won’t get the all-in-one heating and cooling with these systems. You will have to find another option for the winter months such as a furnace, mobile radiator or space heater.

Ductless Mini-Split Systems

Ductless mini-split air conditioning units can be very good options for anybody who cannot afford a central air conditioning system. The system is “split” because it possesses both an out door and indoor element, but they are much less involved than the split system for central air conditioning models. The two parts are joined by a conduit that only takes a small 3 inch hole unlike the full window opening or large hole of a window unit. These units are perfect for air conditioning one room and come with a remote device.

The Advantage of Ductless

The installation of ductless mini-split models is relatively basic and doesn’t involve extensive duct work. If you aren’t particularly mechanical, you might need the help of a qualified HVAC contractor to install these units. They will likely not be suitable for large homes, but may be a good option for home additions.Ductless mini-split systems are less expensive than central air units, although more expensive than window air conditioning units. Some units are as cheap as $300 while full units can be as high as $3000.

Heat Pumps

In spite of the name, heat pumps are a kind of central air conditioning that also produces heat. This is the all-in-one model mentioned above. It’s a mechanical refrigeration system that can be reversed to either heat or cool a regulated space. Mainly because it demands extensive duct work throughout your household as well as an outside production unit, heat pumps are viewed as a split system.

Heat Pumps Make Sense for Santee Consumers

Heat pumps are actually our best sellers in Santee. Their ability to regulate climate throughout the year combined with their energy saving benefits make them a wonderful choice. As a central cooling solution, heat pumps require the assistance of an HVAC contractor for installation. With parts and labor, you’ll typically spend a few thousand dollars on these units, depending on the size of your home. Airmakers installs lots of heat pumps in Santee and our prices are among the best in the market. Call us at 858.530.1822 for an estimate.

Portable Air Conditioners

This will be your least expensive option for cooling. They’re more compact and more light-weight, but pack a rather powerful punch for their size. You can get them at hardware and big box retailers and will run between $100 and $300.

Is this really a very good solution for Santee residents?

Because they do not cool a large space very effectively and use a lot of electricity, it’s tough for us to suggest portable air conditioners. For cooling small areas, they’re okay, but if you’re looking to set temperatures in a house, then it’s wise to consider one of the other alternatives.

Want more information?

A number of the models cited above could be a fine solution for you. If you need help deciding, want a professional opinion or need a quote, give us a call at 858.530.1822. We’ve helped hundreds of Santee residents just like you find an efficient, but powerful Air conditioning unit that fits within a limited budget. One of our technicians is standing by right now to help solve all of your questions.

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