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Heatwaves in Oregon: It’s Time to Get AC Installed

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we’ve seen many days of extreme heat with temperatures in the triple digits. Unfortunately, many homes in Oregon aren’t equipped with central air conditioners. If you’re one of those homeowners, now is a great time to invest in a whole house system that’ll keep your home safe, cool, and comfortable for the rest of the summer and many summers to come.

If you have any questions about air conditioning installation in Oregon City, OR, our team is always here to help. We can schedule an in-home assessment and help you choose the perfect solution for your unique needs. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of a whole home air conditioner and why now is a great time to invest in one.

The Whole House Difference

If you have been getting by with a window air conditioner or small portable air conditioners, you may be wondering what the big deal is with a central air conditioner. Is it really going to make that big of a difference for your home? The short answer is, yes. A whole house air conditioner can help you achieve results that a window unit or portable AC never will.

A portable AC or window unit can only cool a small area of your home. A central air conditioner offers consistent cooling in every room, all day long. You don’t have to worry about there being hot or cold spots in your home as temperatures vary based on how you have these individual units placed.

Downsides of Portable AC Units

Portable air conditioners are a hassle. They take up space in your rooms, while a central air conditioner is largely out of sight. The indoor portion of the unit is usually in its own closet, with ductwork in your attic or basement. Plus, you have to move a portable unit around from room to room, or invest in multiple units.

You may think you’re saving money, but you’re really not. These portable units can use just as much energy as a central air conditioner. Plus, they have a much shorter lifespan. You might be lucky to get five years out of a portable air conditioner, while a central air conditioner can last for 15 years so long as you take good care of it and keep up with maintenance.

Consider it an Investment 

You really have to look at a central air conditioner as an investment in your home. Whatever system you choose, whether it’s a heat pump, a ductless mini split, or a central air conditioner, it’ll be considered a highly appealing selling feature if you ever sell your home in the future. If you plan to keep your home for a while, it’ll serve you well in the many years to come from moderately warm days to those increasingly frequent periods of triple-digit temperatures and heatwaves in Oregon.

We know that a central AC can be an expensive upfront investment, but we can offer an in-home assessment to help you choose a unit that meets your needs and falls within your budget. And aside from the upfront cost, we also know that monthly energy costs are a concern. Won’t such a large unit cost significantly more to operate each month? Not necessarily. 

When you get a highly efficient central air conditioner, it will use far less energy to cool your home. Plus, it’s maintaining a consistent temperature all day long so it doesn’t have to work as hard. You can always set your thermostat slightly higher and save 10% to 15% on your monthly energy bills by not keeping your home quite as cool. There are many ways to save with a central air conditioner, and the benefits far outweigh the expense.

For HVAC, indoor air quality, and water heater services, look no further than the team who is “Connecting People to Comfort” – Clawson Heating & Air Conditioning. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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