What Are the Pros and Cons of an Outdoor HVAC Unit?

May 25, 2021

When it comes to home cooling, one of the most popular options is a split system. One unit is indoors, one is outdoors, and together, they circulate cool air throughout your home. Is this the kind of system you want? There are pros and cons to having an outdoor HVAC unit.

Pros of an Outdoor HVAC Unit

The main advantage of a split system is that it provides air to your whole house. A window AC will only cool one room, whereas an outdoor unit absorbs heat from your entire home and circulates cool air to every room via your ductwork.

An outdoor HVAC unit also uses much less energy. They're designed to be efficient and keep you comfortable without sending your electric bill through the roof. Check the SEER rating to find the most efficient model, and also look for the blue Energy Star logo.

Cons of an Outdoor HVAC Unit

The main drawback to an outdoor HVAC unit is that it's more expensive to install than window units. Professional installation is necessary to make sure that the system will work properly. DIY installation can also void your warranty. Professional installation can cost a lot, but it's worthwhile to make sure the system runs at optimum efficiency.

Outdoor units also require maintenance. There must be at least 2 square feet of clearance on all sides of the unit that's free of dirt, debris, tall grass, branches, and other obstructions, in order to maintain proper airflow. Plus, you should clean the condenser at least once a year.

Finally, outdoor units can be noisy. A window unit's noise may be irritating to you, but the humming of an outdoor unit can be irritating to your neighbors and passersby. Fortunately, they do make systems that run more quietly, so if you're going to get an outdoor unit, look for one with a lower decibel level. They also make noise blankets that can muffle the sound.

If you're looking for an outdoor HVAC unit for your home, contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors. We can help you find the best system for your home, and we provide quality installation throughout Neptune City.