When it comes to cooling your home, nothing beats an air conditioner. If your home has central air, you’re all set. If it doesn’t, you’ve got some choices to make regarding your home air conditioner. No matter what type of air conditioner you choose, it’s important to make sure the unit has the cooling capacity to handle the room you put it in.

Before You Buy
Before you buy a home air conditioner, consider these things:
* Where will it be used and how will it be installed?
* What is the size of the room you want to cool?
* Do you want any special features like a programmable thermostat or remote control operation?
* Do you intend to install the unit yourself or get a professional to do it?

Window Units
Not surprisingly, window units are the most popular choice for home air conditioners. They are easy to install and remove and they’re affordable – qualities that make this an easy choice. Remember to factor in the size of the room when looking for a unit. Make sure you get an air conditioner with sufficient BTUs to cool the room.

Portable Units
Like the window unit, portable units are easy to install and even easier to move from room to room. While they obviously aren’t mounted in a window, they do come with an exhaust hose that is put through a window. Think of how your clothes dryer kicks out the hot air through the vent hose. That’s basically how a portable air conditioner does it.

Built-Ins
Built in air conditioners give permanent placement to what looks like a window unit. This is a good option for homes with central air and additions to the home that aren’t connected to the central air system. Built ins have a better temperature control than window units or portable units. You can set an actual temperature rather than choosing a dial placement or high and low setting.

Maintenance
Whatever unit you choose as your home air conditioner, remember that regular maintenance, like cleaning the filters, will make sure you’re getting the most efficient use of the unit.

If your home doesn’t have a central air conditioning system, a window, portable or built in unit can be just what you need to keep cool during the hot summer months. Do your research and choose the unit that will be most effective in your home.

R.A. Heating installs, repairs and maintains air conditioning systems for homeowners and businesses. Learn about the company and its services by visiting Fan Page of R.A. Heating.