Affordable Ductless Air Conditioning
Installing central AC can quickly become a costly and time-consuming endeavor if your home does not already have ductwork built-in. Although central AC is a convenient way to cool down an entire building, most homes and budgets are simply unable to accommodate these systems. Henceforth, what can be the other alternatives to rely upon?
Evaporative coolers, also known as swamp coolers, are considered efficient for dryer climates. But they tend to be noisy and have limited cooling abilities. Many households are choosing the ductless mini-split system as their ductless air conditioning unit of choice, an alternative many people in other countries have been using for a long time. Such systems provide many advantages to homes that are ill-equipped for central air conditioning, including zoning, simple installation, and energy efficiency.
How does ductless air conditioning work?
Ductless systems use air handling units in every room and a condenser found outside the home. Refrigerant is what cools the indoor air and then sends it back into the room. The heat is transferred through the conduit that is connected to the outdoor unit.
Air handler fans are designed to be quiet, making sure they don’t get louder than central AC and are significantly quieter than a standard plug-in fan. Condensers are quite noisy and are located outside alongside the central unit.
Ductless systems use air handlers, which can be mounted onto ceilings or walls, or recessed into either to create a more flushed look in any room that needs cooling. You can choose to have a separate control for each air handler or to have them all connected to a central thermostat.
To create various areas of cool air, numerous thermostats can be mounted throughout the home. Some homeowners like to maintain different cooling zones upstairs and downstairs, while others want to be able to cool certain rooms, like guest rooms, only when they are occupied. Most ductless systems can be set up with four separate cooling zones.
What are the benefits of ductless systems?
For a house without ductwork, a ductless mini-split AC system is easy to install. Homeowners typically have a choice in the type of air handlers that are mounted and where they are located in the house. Slightly more expensive are those who lie flushed with the ceiling or wall, but can be more aesthetically pleasing.
Retrofitting a home with ducts for central air conditioning usually requires creating holes in walls and ceilings and reducing the amount of closet space. With a ductless system, however, the only retrofitting needed is to cut a small home to allow the air handlers installed in your home to be connected to the condenser unit installed outdoors.
Because there are no large pathways through which cool air needs to travel, ductless air conditioning systems are typically more energy-efficient than central AC systems. It takes about 30% more energy to cool home when air must travel through ductwork. The energy loss comes from the cooled air escaping through seams, holes, and leaks in the ductwork.
With a ductless mini-split system, you can set up differing zones so that you don’t have to cool down your entire home at the same time. For example, where bedrooms are situated upstairs, homeowners can easily just adjust the bedroom temperature during bedtime without worrying about the temperature downstairs until morning. This will be a better way to lower your electricity bills.
A ductless system is more advantageous to a window type AC unit because with this system you don’t need to have an opening in your window where pests can enter your home. Ductless systems are more flexible when it comes to placement in the room over the air conditioners placed in windows. With their dual functionality, they can also be set to warm mode in the winter, and thus you can expect comfort and convenience throughout the year.
For some people, a ductless mini-split air conditioner is the best choice for their home, and a professional can install one in less than a day. They will take measurements of your house to calculate how many units you need to sufficiently cool the space, and they’ll also mention any zoning requirements that might be applicable.
Because of harmful refrigerant and electrical wiring used to install a ductless system, the placement should be done by a professional, even if it’s much easier to install than retrofitting ductwork. You can count on a professional to recommend the best air handlers for your home and the best places to install them. An AC professional will have no trouble servicing, maintaining, or replacing your system and getting your home back to a comfortably cool temperature.