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Window AC Unit Pros and Cons

A window air conditioning unit installed in a residential home.

We’re in the middle of summer and if you live in a smaller space that doesn’t have central AC, you’ve probably been thinking about how you can beat the heat. Does a window AC unit ring a bell? If window units are something you’ve been considering for your space this summer, keep reading to find out their benefits as well as some of their drawbacks.

The Pros


Overall, window AC units are relatively inexpensive and you can find a variety of options for less than $200. If you’re balling on a budget, window units are definitely your best option for staying cool this summer without spending a pretty penny.

Easy Installation

Even if you don’t consider yourself a jack of all trades, installing a window AC unit is fairly straightforward and you don’t have to pay an HVAC contractor to do the job for you. The step-by-step instructions will be included in your user’s manual and while we’re confident you can do it on your own, it’s always nice to have a friend or family member help you in case you’re in need of an extra set of hands.

Space Saving

Since these units are installed into your window, they don’t take up any floor space the way a portable air conditioner would. You’ll never have to worry about the unit getting in your way or preventing you from activities in the room.

The Cons

Not Meant for Larger Spaces

Window AC units are meant to cool down the specific room they are installed in, not your entire home. If you live in a space where you’re looking to cool down your whole home at one time, window units might not be for you. Depending on how big your space is, you would need multiple units installed throughout different rooms in your home.

Can’t Be Installed Everywhere

You need to make sure that the window you’re planning to install the AC unit in can bear the weight of the unit. Also, it’s important to make note that you won’t be able to open the window for fresh air or to let natural sunlight into your home once the unit is installed.

Security Risk

While this isn’t very common, it’s still possible for window units to fall out of the window if they aren’t installed properly, posing a potential safety threat to your property and of course, the unit. Window units are also fairly easy to rip out from outside, allowing easy access for thieves to enter your home.

If window AC units don’t seem like a fit for you, our team at Hedrick's Service Now would be happy to talk through additional options and find a system that would be perfect for your home! Give us a call today at (214) 509-6029 for more information.