There are two main types of air conditioners: room and central air conditioners. Though both perform the same function of cooling down your home, there are a few differences between the two types of air conditioners. Knowing the differences between the two is essential when you are trying to decide which one you should purchase to best fit your home's cooling needs:

Room Air Conditioners

Also commonly known as a window air conditioner, room air conditioning units are used to cool down just a single room. Despite being called window air conditioners, wall mounted models are available. One of the main benefits of a room air conditioner is the fact that it does not need special wiring to work. All you need to do is plug the unit into a regular wall outlet and you are able to cool down your room.

Additionally, room air conditioning units tend to be relatively inexpensive, and best for those who are operating under a tight budget. Finally, as they only require access to a regular outlet, you can move the air conditioner around if need be to better fit your needs.

However, room air conditioning service units are really only ideal for cooling down one room, though they can be used to cool down two or more smaller rooms if the layout is right and the air conditioner is powerful enough. This means that room air conditioning units are really only ideal for apartments, or for people who are renting a room in a larger house. Additionally, room air conditioners can also be quite noisy.

Central Air Conditioning

Central air conditioning units are much more intensive than room air conditioner units, and usually consist of two or more parts, with a condenser located outside and a circulation system inside. Central air conditioning does require duct work to properly operate, but is much more efficient at cooling down your home than a room air conditioner is.

They require next to no maintenance, and are almost silent when compared to room air conditioners, and offer a greater degree of customization with programmable thermostats that allow you to schedule when your air conditioner is on, even when you aren't home.

However, central air conditioners tend to cost several thousand dollars, much more than a room air conditioning units. Therefore, these units are really only ideal for full sized homes that have been purchased, not rented, and where you foresee yourself staying for a long period of time.