Ductless Air Conditioning
If there is no built-in ductwork in your home, the installation of central AC can become an expensive and tedious venture. While central AC is an easy way to cool a whole house, many homes and budgets simply cannot afford such kind of systems. For these people who cannot opt for the central AC unit, they have other options.
Evaporative coolers, also known as swamp coolers, are considered efficient for dryer climates. But they need to know that these tend to produce loud sounds and have the limited cooling ability. Many households are opting for the ductless mini-split system as a ductless air conditioning option which has been adopted by residents of other countries a long time ago. 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. Air handlers draw in room air, cool it with a refrigerant, and return it into the room. The heat is transferred to the outdoor system through a conduit that expels it into the atmosphere.
These air handler fans are designed to be quieter than a plug-in fan and are not louder than central AC. The loudest part is the condenser, which is located outside just like with central air.
In a ductless system, the air handlers that are used in it are mounted onto the wall or on the ceiling. One can control them individually or have them linked to the home’s thermostat.
If you want to establish different cooling zones in your home you can have multiple thermostats installed. Some people choose to have a thermostat on each floor of their home, or inside rooms that don’t get a lot of use, like guest rooms. It is usually possible to configure ductless systems for up to four different zones.
What are the benefits of ductless systems?
A ductless mini-split air conditioning system is very easy to install for a home without ducts. The homeowner normally has a choice in the kind of air handlers that are installed and where they are positioned inside the room. Slightly more expensive are those that lay flushed with the ceiling or wall but are more aesthetically appealing.
To accommodate the installation of the ductwork needed for central air conditioning, holes will need to be cut into your home’s walls and ceilings, and you’ll probably lose some closet space. You only need a small hole to connect the outdoor condenser unit to the indoor air handlers for your ductless system.
Ductless air conditioning units contain no large pathways where air travels that is why they are typically more energy-efficient than central air conditioning units. Ductless systems are about 30% more efficient than central AC, which means lower electric bills for the homeowner. This is mainly due to cracks, gaps in seams, and/or leakage in the ductwork.
One of the benefits of ductless mini-split systems is that the whole building doesn’t have to be cooled at one time as homeowners can just cool the areas in use. 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. Additionally, this can help decrease your power bills.
Ductless systems often prove beneficial over window air conditioning units because, without a partially open door, they do not compromise the home’s security or pest control tactics. They are also more flexible in terms of placement, as they can be located anywhere rather than just in windows. Unlike window air conditioning units, a ductless system can provide year-round comfort.
A qualified professional will assist in installing the device in just one day if you decide to get the ductless mini-split air conditioner installed in your home. The technician will take measurements to determine how many units it will take to cool your home, and can also discuss any possible zoning issues with you.
Some homeowners think they can install a ductless system on their own, but it takes a trained professional to do the wiring and handle toxic refrigerants safely. An expert can also advise on the better placement of your air handlers and the best style of units suitable for your home. An air conditioning technician can help replace, repair, or service your device in a short period.