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It’s often a good step to know about a product before buying it. A new A/C System is no different. To figure out which is the optimal system for your home, you’ll need to solicit the advice of a person who knows the heating and air business. They will consider all sorts of factors, including where you live.

Not a huge residential community, Sorrento Valley and Mira Mesa get a variety of temperatures. Perhaps Mira Mesa and Miramar get a little warmer. Since Sorrento Mesa is bit closer to the coast, it doesn’t typically get as warm. It also receives a lot of wind coming up from the valley along the I5 corridor and off the ocean from La Jolla and Torrey Pines. Still, residents in Sorrento Valley have called throughout the years about A/C soutions for their home.After the assessment of the home, chances are you are going to need a central air conditioning unit, but that won’t necessarily be the case. Not every home is the same and some of them will have unique heating and air requirements. Let’s have a look at a number of the different kind of systems.



Central Air Conditioning

For larger areas, this is a way of cooling an interior space where a central component cools and dehumidifies air before circulating it within the building. It often includes a primary unit, which is placed outside of the building because noise is generated during the refrigeration cycles that cool the air and extract the moisture. A large motorized inflator within the system pushes air through ducts within the structure that can equally cool the whole building.The area, or home, is normally equipped with return air ducts that draw air throughout filters, eliminating contaminants and boosting indoor air quality. The air conditioning unit also vents to the exterior, eradicating surplus moisture and heat.Advantages

  • It can cool your home consistently and quickly and will generally be controlled to maintain a consistent and desirable temperature, keeping things comfortable, even as exterior conditions vary.
  • Considering the fact that the principle unit is situated outside the house, the inside noise level is a lot less than other air conditioning units.
  • As a result of its air filtration system, air in the home is a lot cleaner and healthier for your family.
  • A central air system can incorporate heat as well, making the system an all-in-one central heater and A/C unit.


  • The drawback to central air conditioning could be that it calls for the help of a competent HVAC professional to install. You cannot set up it on your own.
  • Therefore, it is the most expensive air conditioning unit for your home and installation will probably run a few thousand dollars. Call Airmakers at 858.530.1822 for an estimate.

Window Air Conditioners

These are single units that fit into windows or holes through a wall in your home; they are self-contained systems which bring air externally and drive it into a specified room.Advantages

  • These kind of systems are generally much less expensive than central air. Nice systems may range from $100 to $200, but they usually only cool an individual room.
  • Once installed, window brands are very easy to use. Current versions almost always come with handheld remote control.


  • If you have a lot of rooms, multiple units could get costly. It’s possible to mount window air conditioners yourself, but be prepared for help because it mght require an HVAC professional depending on the system as well as its placement.
  • Window air conditioning units really don’t consist of heating options. 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 often an excellent alternative for anyone who cannot afford a new central heating and air system. Like central air, the system is “split” into an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor handling unit. A conduit links the two devices. These types of units cool a single room, very much like window air conditioners and in most cases come with a remote device to adjust settings.


  • The good thing about ductless is they do not require the substantial ductwork and set up of a central cooling system, nor will they need an open window or large hole like Window air systems. A ductless mini-split system usually only takes a 3 inch opening to attach the indoor unit to the outdoor compressor, which can be up to 50 feet away. These kind of systems are good for retrofitting jobs and room additions.
  • Ductless mini-split systems are cheaper than central air units, although more expensive than window air conditioners. A good mini-split unit will most likely run between $600 and as much as $3000, depending on the space being cooled.


  • Mini-split units are only able to cool one room so if you have a whole lot of rooms, installation and operation can get costly.
  • Managing temperature control in every room that has a unit could be time consuming and difficult.
  • Similar to window units, ductless systems do not integrate heating options for the winter.

Heat Pumps

Despite their name, heat pumps are a form of central cooling unit that also offers heat. This is the all-in-one system stated earlier. It’s a automatic refrigeration system that can be reversed to either heat or cool a controlled area. The principle housing of this split system is located outdoors and makes use of ductwork to pass on cold or hot air around your home. These systems are our leading sellers because of their ability to regulate temperatures and energy usage.Advantages

  • Heat pumps supply the same advantages of other central cooling models.
  • These systems could be very efficient in terms of energy use while offering powerful output for either hot or cold air flow.
  • Recent systems tend to be effective at controlling individual room climate.


  • Heat pumps could easily run a few thousand dollars for full set up and installation, though it really depends on the area you need regulated.
  • They must be installed by a certified HVAC contractor. Call Airmakers Heating and Air Conditioning for a quote at 858.530.1822.

Portable Air Conditioners

These will be your least costly alternative for home cooling, even though they are best used for small rooms and as temporary solutions. Not a practical alternative for cooling large areas, portable air conditioners aren’t a bad alternative for small additions, garages on hot days or to provide short-term relief from the heat in small room.Advantages

  • Although they are very small compared to other air conditioning units, these systems can output plenty of cool air.
  • Portables tend to be small, convenient and can be placed in almost any room that has an outlet.
  • Systems like this are usually available at almost all hardware and big box outlets and typically run between $100 and $300.


  • They often use up a lot of energy and will add significantly to your energy bill.
  • They are not an efficient solution if you must cool the entire house.

Get Professional Heating and cooling Assistance

A number of the devices mentioned above could be a good solution for your home. Should you need help deciding, want knowledgeable opinion or need a quote, contact us at 858.530.1822. We’ve helped hundreds of Sorrento Valley homeowners just like you find an effective, but powerful AC unit that fits within a tight budget. One of our technicians is standing by right now to help solve all of your concerns.

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