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An effective air conditioning unit can come in virtually any shape, size, color or brand. Airmakers Heating and Air is one of a few contractors that consistently services South Park consumers and we have installed air conditioners for virtually every scenario. The kind of system you’ll need for your residence depends on several factors. Location, space, reliability and budget are all necessary variables.

South Park and Golden Hill are some of San Diego’s oldest neighborhoods. Most of our services in the area are change-outs of old inefficient heaters, furnaces and air conditioners. A new air conditioning unit can save you a lot of money, but which type of system is right for your home? Lets take a look at what other residents of South Park have in their homes.



Central Air Conditioning

Typical among South Park residents, central air is a way of cooling an interior location where a centralized element cools and dehumidifies air flow before distributing it through the structure. It usually incorporates a primary unit, which is normally situated outside of the building since noise is created during the refrigeration cycles that cool the air and removes the moisture. A large motorized inflator within the unit pushes air through ductwork in the structure that can evenly cool an entire building.The building, or residence, is normally equipped with return air ducts that pull air throughout filters, removing pollution and improving indoor air quality. The air conditioning unit also vents to the exterior, reducing excessive heat and moisture.


  • It will cool a house consistently and swiftly and will generally be regulated to sustain a consistent and ideal temperature, keeping the entire structure comfortable, even as outside conditions vary.
  • Given that the primary unit is situated outdoors, the inside noise level is significantly lower than many other air conditioning units.
  • Because of its air filtration system, air throughout the home is much cleaner and healthier for your loved ones.
  • A central air product can integrate heat as well, making your unit an all-in-one central heater and air conditioner.


  • The downside of central air conditioning is that it calls for the assistance of a capable HVAC professional to install. You can’t install it yourself.
  • For that reason, it is the most expensive air conditioning unit for your house 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 house; they are self-contained units that bring air externally and drive it into a particular room.


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


  • If you need to install a lot of these to cool several areas in your home, multiple units will get costly. It’s possible to mount window air conditioners yourself, but it may require an HVAC professional depending on the system and its placement.
  • Window air conditioning units really do not include heating solutions. For heat, you’ll have to look at space heaters or furnaces.

Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioning Units

Getting a ductless mini-split unit can be an terrific choice for anybody who simply can’t afford a new central air conditioning system. Like central air, the system is “split” into an exterior compressor or condenser and an indoor handling unit. A conduit links the two devices. These kind of units cool only one room at a time, just like window air conditioners and in most cases come with a handheld remote control to change settings.


  • The good thing about ductless is that they do not require the extensive ductwork and set up of a central cooling system, nor will they need a window opening or large hole like window air conditioners. A ductless mini-split system normally only requires a 3 inch hole to link the interior unit to the outside compressor, which can be nearly 50 feet away. These kind of units are great for retrofitting jobs and room additions.
  • Ductless mini-split systems are less expensive than central air units, but more expensive than window air conditioners. A quality mini-split unit will normally run between $600 and as much as $3000, depending on the spot being cooled.


  • Mini-split units can only cool just one room in your home so if you have many rooms, installation and operation are going to get expensive.
  • Dealing with temperatures in each room that has a unit will be time consuming and difficult.
  • Similar to window brands, ductless systems do not integrate heat.

Heat Pumps

Notwithstanding their name, heat pumps are a kind of central air conditioning system that also offers heat. This is the all-in-one system stated earlier. It is a mechanical refrigeration system that can be reversed to either heat or cool a regulated space. The principle housing of this split system is situated outside and makes use of ductwork to pass on hot or cold air around your home. These units are our leading sellers as a result of their ability to change temperature ranges and energy usage.


  • Heat pumps have similar features of other central cooling units.
  • They could be very efficient in terms of energy use while supplying powerful output for either cold or hot air.
  • Current models are now efficient at controlling individual room climate.


  • Heat pumps will run a few thousand dollars for parts and installation, but it depends on the size of your home.
  • Heat pumps have to be put in by a certified HVAC contractor. Call Airmakers for an estimate at 858.530.1822.

Portable Air Conditioners

Portables will be your cheapest option for home cooling, even though they are best used for small spaces and as temporary remedies. Not a practical choice for cooling sizeable areas, portable air conditioners may not be a bad alternative for small working areas, garages on hot days or to supply temporary relief from the heat in small room.


  • Although they are small compared to other air conditioning units, portables can generate a good deal of cool air.
  • These units can be small, lightweight and can be positioned in any room that’s got an outlet.
  • Systems like this are available at many hardware and big box retailers and normally go between $100 and $300.


  • They often use a lot of energy and can add significantly to your power bill.
  • They are not a practical alternative when you have to cool an entire home.

Have more questions?

Would you like a new A/C unit in your home? Are you still unclear which hvac system is ideal for you? Speak to an Airmakers expert and we’ll answer every concern you have. Contact us at 858.530.1822 now.

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