Five Reasons to Consider Ductless Air Conditioning
Ductless AC units eliminate many drawbacks associated with window units and central air
Ductless air conditioners are often overlooked as a cooling option, but they do offer some significant benefits over a window unit or central air. Ductless systems are similar to a window unit in that each evaporator is designed to cool a single room, and they are similar to a central split system in that there will be a condenser unit placed outside the home and an evaporator placed inside. The big difference between a ductless system and central air is of course that no ductwork is necessary. Instead, you only have to run refrigerant tubes between the evaporator and the condenser in order to enjoy cool, fresh air in your home.
Cool Rooms without Major Renovations
Ductless air conditioners can be used to cool a historic property where there’s no room to run ductwork, or to cool an addition, garage, sunroom, etc. that may not be attached to the existing central AC system in a newer home. Each ductless AC unit is designed to cool its own room, but by pairing multiple wall or ceiling units with a single outdoor condenser, you can create a multiple-zone split system that can be used to cool several different rooms in your home independently of one another.
Eliminate Duct Loss
Roughly 20 percent of the energy used by central air conditioning is directed towards cooling air that never even reaches you. This is because a significant amount of cooled air is lost as it travels through the ductwork en route to the various rooms in your home. Because a ductless system delivers cooled air straight to you, you don’t have to worry about duct leaks or passage through hot attic spaces causing your AC unit’s energy efficiency to suffer.
Improve Air Quality
Another benefit of installing a ductless air conditioner instead of central air is that you can often enjoy better indoor air quality. Air that travels through attic ducts can pick up dust and allergens, but obviously this is not a concern with a ductless system.
Save the View
Using a window air conditioner unit to cool a room in your home is always an option, but if you install a window AC unit you will render that window both unsightly and non-functional. You won’t be able to enjoy an unobstructed view from your window and you won’t be able to open it for a breath of fresh air either. A ductless air conditioner, on the other hand, can be installed just about anywhere on your wall or ceiling. A ductless air conditioner expert from General Heating & Air Conditioning can help you place your unit so that it is unobtrusive yet still able to deliver maximum comfort and efficiency.
Optional Heat Pump
One final reason to invest in a ductless air conditioner is that many models can do double duty as a heat pump. This means that you get double the functionality out of your investment in this one HVAC device.
If you want to learn more about ductless split system air conditioners, just contact the pros at General Heating & Air Conditioning.