Cooling and heating a home is taxing on any budget. The standard way to cool a home is to have a duct based condenser unit installed. Not only are condensers often inefficient, though, but the duct work is too. These two parts lose energy very quickly as heat exchanges happen throughout the system that normally spans the entire home. In order to keep up with air conditioning needs, the unit constantly has to keep air within the ducts at the desired temperature. It is a constant drag on the compressor unit.
To battle this, the industry came up with a more efficient means to deliver cool air to a home which is called Split air conditioning. The advantage of Split A/C is that it uses far less electricity, and also a lot less materials and construction resources are needed. There is still a unit that sits on the outside of a home, but the units themselves stay within individual rooms.
Split A/C gives ultimate control to the user as they can cool individual rooms or areas. This gives an advantage for the user and allows everyone to be at their comfort level at a fraction of the cost of traditional units.
Typically, there have been two ways to cool a house, the earlier mentioned standard duct unit and the smaller and much less expensive window based A/C units. If you are on a very low budge, then you may consider window units. Split A/C will be a substantially higher upfront cost, but cannot be compared to the older duct units. The small units simply cool by using a long fan which distributes the coolness from the coil within. This gives the home owner complete control of his or her environment.
Split level A/C is much less intrusive as it is mainly a few cables and tubes that are run out to the main unit. The cost of the insulation and installation is far less than that of new duct work or all the materials needed to upgrade an existing unit. Not only, will it be far more aesthetically pleasing than a window unit, it will of course be a money saving investment that will keep your home cool.
For a further incentive, these types of units are huge helpers of the environment compared to their predecessors. Their carbon footprint is a fraction of other products.