Most people assume that every air conditioning unit is the same. This is true in the sense that they do remove hot air from within the building and cool the air returned inside. There are, however, differences when it comes to style and system benefits as you can choose between rooftop units and side yard units. Depending on the benefits and comfort you are looking for, one system will be better over the other.

Air Conditioners: Rooftop vs. Side Yard Units – Which One?

Rooftop Units

These are typically centralized cooling systems as opposed to side yard units which are split systems. The unit itself is secured to the roof of the building and through a series of ducts, works to keep the inside cool. There are numerous advantages to these systems:

  • Air cycles through the building easier because hot air rises and cool air descends, it naturally moves this way with the unit on the roof.
  • Because of the natural movement of air, these units are more energy efficient because they do not need to work as hard to circulate the air.

These units are all-inclusive as compared to side unit systems which have components placed both inside and outside the building. This makes repairs and maintenance easier as everything is in one location with easy access. Originally, rooftop units were thought to be bulky but newer models are much smaller and often invisible from the ground.

Side Yard Units

It may seem like rooftop units have all the advantages and benefits, but there is much that a side yard air conditioner can offer you. These units offer more diversity and customization. There are a number of styles, powers, and sizes available for you to choose from so you can find something that fits. Many consumers find it a big advantage to be able to find a unit that matches their exact needs. Once unpopular due to high noise pollution, newer side yard units are much quieter. The smaller and quieter styles are not such eyesores and have even been considered visually appealing. Many consumers report that the newer models are barely detectable even when located right next to a window. You get more options when it comes to repairs and replacements. Since you get both inside fans and an outside unit, you can easily replace one without having to replace the other. Overall replacement costs end up being lower with side yard units, although you will eventually have to repair both sides eventually.

There are advantages to both types of air conditioning unit, and the choice you make will depend on your needs. Both systems offer cooler air in those warmer months, and having variety and options is always a good thing for consumers to have.

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