If your home doesn't have central air right now, you may be thinking about having it installed. But, what if you don't have air ducts for the central air to flow through? That's a pretty big construction project. The good news is that you don't need to have air ducts in your home to get the benefit of air conditioning. Here's a look at what you should know about ductless air conditioning systems.
They Are Easy to Install
Without the need for air ducts, installing your air conditioning system will take less time and effort. In fact, you can install a ductless air conditioner on most any exterior wall, and you can even install them in drop ceilings and second-story rooms. It installs directly into the wall and then connects to the compressor unit outside. There's no complex network of air vents to connect it to, so installation is simple. And, by opting for a system with a remote control, you won't even have to worry about putting it low enough to reach the control panel, because you can control it all from the remote.
They Can Cut Your Energy Costs
A standard air conditioning system can lose close to half of the cooling power from the system while traveling through the ducts. This translates into a harder working air conditioner and higher energy bills for you. If you opt for a ductless air conditioning system, though, the cooled air is distributed directly into the living space, so there is no temperature shift in transit. This means that your cooling system won't have to work as hard to give you the same cooling benefit.
They Provide More Versatility
Ductless air conditioning systems also come in some models that include both heat and cooling. This allows you to maintain a comfortable temperature no matter what the season. And, since the control units can be targeted to specific rooms, you also have more freedom for zoned climate control. That way, the family members who are always colder than others can enjoy a warmer space while those who tend to be warmer can keep the temperature cooler where they are. This is convenient when compared to a standard HVAC system.
It also makes it easier to map out your cooling system based on the natural climate of your home. For example, if you have one room that tends to get more sun than others, it probably stays warmer than the rest of the house. Put an additional wall unit in that room to help maintain a more balanced temperature without affecting the rest of the space.
They Are Quiet Systems
If you're accustomed to the traditional central air conditioner, you know how loud the compressor and fan can be. When you install ductless air conditioning, the fans don't have to force the air through a complex network of air ducts, so the fans are less powerful. This translates to quieter operation. The only real noise from the system originates with the compressor, which is outside.
They Are Easy on the Environment
In addition to the limited energy consumption from these systems, the newer models of most air conditioning systems use R-410A refrigerant, which is safer for the ozone layer. This makes it less damaging to the environment overall.
Before you make a commitment to an expansive construction project in the interest of central air ducts, consider the benefits of using a ductless climate control system. Talk with your local HVAC contractor or air conditioning repair company today about whether or not your home is a good fit for ductless air conditioning, and you'll be able to have it up and running this spring.