central air conditionerAir conditioning is essential for comfort in Southwest Florida, and if you are considering adding a cooling system to your home, there are several options. Central air conditioning tends to be the most popular, because it cools the entire home, but it is also a significant investment. Room air conditioning, or window units, cost less initially, but they have some disadvantages.

Room Air Conditioning

Window units are easy to install and are a quick, inexpensive way to add cooling to one or more rooms, and each room can be set to a different temperature. Because they lack air ducts, there are no losses from leaks in the ductwork or missing insulation, which can increase energy usage significantly. They are far less efficient, however, than a properly-installed, well-maintained central air conditioning system, especially as multiple units are added to cool individual rooms. They also do not dehumidify as well as central air conditioning systems, making it feel hotter than it actually is in the humid climate of Southwest Florida.

Central Air Conditioning

Central air conditioning systems operate more efficiently than window units, and they are far better at removing moisture, making you feel cooler on a humid day. They also provide more even cooling, with air distributed from multiple ducts, rather than a single location. Central air conditioners also add to the value of your home, and are a wise investment, especially high-efficiency models that can reduce your long-term energy usage and utility costs. However, without a zoning system, the temperature cannot be adjusted independently in each room, and, if the air ducts are not maintained properly, energy could be lost through the ducts as the system ages.

For an area like Southwest Florida, where humidity is a major concern, a central air conditioner will tend to provide better comfort, especially if it has a zoning system to allow temperature adjustments in each room. The initial investment will be higher, however, though that can be earned back through lower energy costs.



Conditioned Air of Naples, Fort Myers & Sarasota announced that it has received the Dave Lennox Award from Lennox Industries for the third year. It is the most prestigious award bestowed by the international heating and air conditioning equipment manufacturer, recognizing the top 25 dealers in the United States and Canada.


certifiedFor homeowners in the Southwest Florida region, an air conditioning system is critical for comfort throughout the year, and it represents one of the most significant investments in the average home. To protect your system and keep it operating properly, you need an experienced, qualified HVAC professional, and with the North American Technician Excellence or NATE certification, you can be sure your technician has the ability and knowledge to do the job properly. For homeowners, the benefits of NATE certification include:

Quality Installations

An air conditioning system that is oversized, undersized or simply not installed properly can have its operating efficiency reduced by up to 30 percent, leading to higher utility costs, as well as the potential for more frequent repairs and maintenance. A NATE certified technician can provide a high-quality installation, with proper load calculations, sizing, system design and equipment installation.

Effective Repairs

NATE certified technicians have the experience and knowledge necessary to quickly diagnose and repair nearly any air conditioner problem, from refrigerant leaks to compressor overheating issues.

Comprehensive Maintenance

Routine maintenance is the key to keeping your air conditioner running efficiently, preventing unnecessary repairs in the future and protecting its warranty. NATE certified technicians can provide complete maintenance services according to the manufacturer’s requirements, ensuring that your system is protected and operating properly.

Longer System Life

With repairs and maintenance performed by a NATE certified professional, your system will receive the care it needs to maximize its potential lifespan, eliminating the costs of premature system replacement.

Energy Savings

Maintenance issues like a clogged air filter or dirty condenser can hinder airflow and heat transfer, reducing cooling efficiency significantly. With your air conditioning system kept in peak condition by a NATE certified HVAC professional, you can keep your energy usage to a minimum.

Improved Comfort

With proper maintenance and repairs, your air conditioner will be able to cool and dehumidify more effectively, provide more balanced airflow and minimize uneven temperatures, improving your comfort.

Contact our team at Conditioned Air today to learn more about the benefits of NATE certification. We serve Southwest Florida, including Bradenton and Naples.