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What's the Best AC System for a Vacation Rental?


When you rent out a property, you want your guests to experience complete comfort, including providing a powerful, controllable air conditioning unit. So, which one is the best for your vacation rental?

When thinking about the AC system for your vacation rental, there are many things to consider. Different air conditioners provide different levels of control for each room on your property. Different units offer different levels of power, too. Finally, each air conditioner will use a different energy level, driving up or lowering the cost of use.

Before making a purchase, you need to consider these factors and know the many available options. Below, we'll discuss a few more things to think about when considering an AC system for your vacation rental.

When you decide on your air conditioner system, hire David Gray for flawless installation.

Types of Air Conditioner Systems

Not all air conditioners are made the same. There are a few common styles that most homeowners have, each one providing a different cooling experience:

  • Central Air AC systems:These air conditioners provide cooling air using a single thermostat throughout the property.
  • Ductless mini-split AC systems: These air conditioners are designed to cool a single space.
  • Window-unit AC systems: These are inexpensive, window-mounted air conditioners that cool a single room.

These are the three most common air conditioning systems on the market. Each one can cool a home or single room. These systems would be helpful in an Airbnb or other type of vacation rental property.

Benefits of Central Air AC Systems

Closeup of a hand changing the termperature on a modern thermostat

Central air AC systems are prevalent in homes throughout the country. These large units provide a wealth of benefits, including:

  • Cool air that utilizes air ducts throughout the home
  • Quick cooling of the entire property
  • Long life of 10 years or more

Central air systems can cost more to install and use more energy than other systems, but they do the best to cool an entire property. One thermostat can be used to control the temperature throughout the house. Many systems also come with temperature sensors that can be placed around the home, helping to ensure an even temperature. Further, smart thermostats can increase savings and allow you to manage the property's temperature remotely. 

Benefits of Ductless Mini-Split AC Systems

Air conditioner blowing cold air

Ductless mini-splits are small AC units designed to cool a single room. Most traditional hotel rooms feature a ductless mini-split. The benefits of these systems include:

  • Complete control of the unit itself
  • Powerful cooling for a single room
  • Better energy efficiency compared to central air

Ductless mini-splits can be installed on most walls and provide a powerful cooling system for a single room. This could be beneficial for those renting out an Airbnb or another vacation property.

Benefits of Window-Unit AC Systems

Window-unit air conditioners are compact cooling systems that fit right in a window. These systems are small and controlled by the knobs and buttons on the unit. Some benefits include:

  • Control over the cooling of a single room
  • Easy installation and removal
  • Lowest cost to purchase and operate

Window-unit AC systems are the least powerful air conditioner option, but they can be the most efficient. These units come in various BTUs, or British Thermal Units, to provide the amount of cooling necessary for their space.

The Best AC System Is Up to You

There's no definitively best air conditioner for an Airbnb or vacation rental property. Every situation will be different and call for a different cooling system. A central air system may be best if you rent out an entire property. If you rent out single rooms, a system that controls the temperature of a single room is best.

No matter the AC system you choose, be sure to choose David Gray for installation, replacement, or repairs. Our expert HVAC engineers can make sure that your air conditioner is running right and that your guests will be comfortable on the hottest days.

Schedule air conditioner services today by contacting us now