Portable vs. Installed HVAC: What’s Right For Your Home?
Everyone wants to be warm during cold weather and cool when the heat arrives. Luckily, there are a number of good options to control the temperature of your home. Two of the most popular are portable and installed HVAC units. However, which one is best for your home depends on a few important considerations. Read on to learn which might be the best match for you.
Installed HVAC units sure are all-encompassing, reaching every room in your living space and every corner of those rooms. In addition, once they are working they can offer the most efficient performance of any type of system. However, they are also the most costly to install. Consequently, if you are considering one of these units you, should think over a few things. First, do you own your home, and are you planning to stay in it for the foreseeable future? If you can answer yes to both of those, an installed HVAC system can be a good investment and increase your resale value. Another factor is whether you really need one of these based on your location in the world and the severity of the summers and winters. Otherwise, consider a portable unit, which are much less expensive and can be used only when you need to control fairly extreme temperatures for short periods of time.
How much of a living area do you have and how much space needs to be cooled or heated? This is a very important part of making the right choice in HVAC units. For instance, do you really need an installed HVAC system in your one-bedroom condominium unit, or can you make due with a portable unit? Conversely, do you really think a portable unit or two could effectively heat and cool your three-bedroom house?
Ease of Installation
Finally, how much disruption to your daily life are you willing to endure, and who would be doing the work? If you are having your HVAC installed, know that it will take some time, noise and dust to get the vents installed and the unit working, even with a professional doing the work. If you are installing yourself, it could take longer. Conversely, a portable unit is easy to install and operate, regardless of who is doing the labor.
Ultimately, you are the only one who can decide whether a portable or installed HVAC unit is right for you. Look deliberately at your space, consider your budget, and decide how much aggravation you’re willing to put up with. Then making the right choice will be easy.