Springdale 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. While central AC is an easy way to cool down a whole home, some homes and budgets simply cannot accommodate such systems. There are other choices out there for the homeowner.
Evaporative coolers, also known as swamp coolers, are considered efficient for dryer climates. Unfortunately, these units tend to be noisy and are limited in their ability to cool. Most people are opting for a mini-split as an alternative, as they have been effective in many other countries for years. There are a lot of benefits that can be obtained from such a cooling system like easy 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. The refrigerant lowers the air’s temperature that comes inside through the device and spreads it out all across the house. The heat is moved through the conduit and expelled outside into the atmosphere.
Air handler fans are designed for quiet operation and are no louder than central AC and much less so than a window fan. The condenser is the noisiest part of the system, and that is located outside of your home where noise is less of a consideration, just as with central air conditioning.
In a ductless system, the air handlers can be mounted on the wall or the ceiling. You can control the units separately or set them up to communicate with a thermostat.
If you want to establish different cooling zones in your home you can have multiple thermostats installed. For example, this is great for cooling an area of your house only when guests are present. A ductless system typically accommodates up to four separately programmed thermostats.
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 can often choose which air handler they want to install and where it will be placed in a room. Slightly more pricey are those who lie flushed with the ceiling or wall, but can be more aesthetically pleasing.
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. But a ductless system requires only a small hole so that the air handlers can be attached to an outdoor condenser.
Ductless air conditioning systems save energy because the cool air doesn’t travel through large-diameter ducts. 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. This is mainly due to cracks, gaps in seams, and/or leakage in the ductwork.
Ductless mini-split systems allow homeowners to set different zones so they don’t have to cool the entire home at once. So, for bedrooms upstairs, homeowners can set the temperature for optimum sleeping while not having to worry about the temperature downstairs until morning. This can be a good way to bring down the cost of your monthly energy bill.
A ductless system could be better than a traditional window AC unit because they may be safer and don’t pose the possibility of allowing pests into your home through an open window. These systems also offer more flexibility on its placement as they don’t need to be placed in the window but can be placed elsewhere in the room. They can function year-round, as they can be set to warm the house in the winter.
Custom home installation of ductless mini-split air conditioning units can be best worked out by an air conditioning expert. They will gauge your home to decide the necessary number of units that are necessary to cool the space and speak with you about zoning if pertinent.
To avoid the expense and hassle of retrofitting your home with ductwork, many people choose a ductless system, but the installation should still be done by a qualified professional because of the wiring and toxic refrigerant involved. An expert can also advise on the better placement of your air handlers and the best style of units suitable for your home. When it comes to replacing, repairing or servicing your system, an AC professional is your best choice to help you get your home functioning and cooled down again quickly.