Affordable Ductless Air Conditioning
If there is no built-in ductwork in your home, installation of central AC can become an expensive and tedious venture. The temperature of a home can easily be brought down through central AC but it is not viable for some homes. There are, however, some alternative options that you may want to consider.
An evaporative cooler, or swamp cooler, is a cost-effective solution for those living in drier climates. They continue to make a lot of noise, however, and are limited in their ability to cool. Many homeowners are moving to ductless mini-split systems as an alternative, which is what so many other countries have been using for years. These types of system can offer many benefits to houses that are not set up for central air conditioning, including zoning compliance, simple installation and also energy efficiency.
How does ductless air conditioning work?
The systems that don’t have ducts are fitted with outdoor condensers and air handlers in every room. It is the refrigerant that makes the indoor air cold and blows it out of the room. The heat from it is moved then by the conduit that is connected to the outdoor unit.
The air handlers of a ductless AC system have quiet fans. The noisiest piece in the whole system is the condenser, and that is positioned outside your home, just like central air is.
The air handlers that are used in a ductless system can be mounted on a wall or a ceiling. They can either be regulated separately or set up to have thermostat communication.
You can install multiple thermostats throughout your home to create various zones of cooled air. For example, upstairs and downstairs may have their own separate thermostats, or a less-used house space may be zoned off and turned on only when guests are present. Most ductless systems can be set up with four separate cooling zones.
What are the benefits of ductless systems?
A ductless mini-split air conditioning system is relatively easy to install in a home without ducts. Homeowners typically have a choice in the type of air handlers that are mounted and where they are located in the house. Those that appear to lay flushed with the wall or the ceiling would come at a higher price tag but would look better.
To retrofit a home with ducts for central air conditioning, holes in walls and ceilings and a reduction in closet space are usually required. A ductless device, however, needs only a small hole to attach the indoor air handlers to the outdoor condenser module.
With ductless air conditioning, the cooled air doesn’t have to travel a long distance, which makes it a more efficient method than central air conditioning. A ductwork system can lose up to 30% of the expended energy for cooling, which can translate to a higher monthly bill for the homeowner. The energy waste is caused by leaks, holes and gaps in seams in the ductwork.
Homeowners can have different zones of cool areas when they use a ductless mini-split system in their home. This is particularly helpful in bedrooms, so residents can set their room to a comfortable sleeping temperature without having to cool the rest of the house. This will definitely be a better way to lower your electricity bills.
Ductless systems are also advantageous over window style air conditioning units because they do not jeopardize safety or potentially let pests into your home through a partly open window. A ductless system has better flexibility in regard to placement in the room over window air conditioners. They can function year-round, as they can be set to warm the house in the winter.
If you choose to purchase a ductless mini-split air conditioning system for your home, an AC professional will assist you with installation as rapidly as just a day. They can measure your home to find out the number of units you need to cool the space and go over zoning requirements if needed.
Even though installing a ductless system is far less complex than retrofitting ductwork in a home, the installation work should still be done by a professional due to the toxic refrigerant and electrical components involved. A professional will also be able to recommend the best air handlers for your home and point out the best places to install them. An air conditioning technician can help replace, repair or service your device in a short period.