When you're building or renovating a vacation cabin or lake house, you may wonder about the type of air conditioning system to have installed. A breeze from the lake may keep the house comfortable during spring and fall, so your main concern may be keeping cool during the hot days of summer. The three choices for air conditioning systems are central air, portable units, and a ductless system. Here's how these compare for a vacation home.
1. Central Air Conditioning
Central air conditioning combined with a furnace is a traditional choice for homes, and it might be perfect for your vacation home if you plan to stay there during the winter months too. However, if your house or cabin will be small, you may not want to devote space to the air ducts needed for a central system.
Plus, if you'll use a fireplace during the cool days and then leave the home vacant during the coldest days of winter, you may not want to invest in a furnace, so installing a central air conditioner may not be the best choice. On the other hand, a central air conditioning system is out of sight and cools the home uniformly, so it is definitely worth considering.
2. Window Or Wall Units
Window air conditioners or models that mount through a wall can be effective at cooling your home, but they aren't very attractive. Plus, it's difficult to seal around them to keep out air leaks and bugs. If you want the most economical way to cool the home and you won't need to rely on air conditioning very often, these small portable air conditioners might be the solution.
However, they can pose a security risk by allowing intruders easy access to your home, and that's something you may not want if you're away from your vacation home days or weeks at a time.
3. Ductless Air Conditioning
Ductless air conditioning is sometimes a good choice depending on your needs. These units can be used as an air conditioner or a heater, and they don't require ducts. A benefit of a ductless air conditioning system is that you can control the air blowers individually if you have more than one. This lets you keep a bedroom nice and cool and the rest of the home warmer so you can sleep comfortably while saving on electricity.
An HVAC contractor can help you choose the right air conditioning system for your home or cabin if you're building new or renovating. They'll take into account your budget, space for ducts, and how you intend to use the climate-control system so you have the right equipment for comfortable days and nights in your vacation home all season long.
To learn more about your air conditioning system options, speak to an HVAC service today,