Is Ductless AC Right for My Home?
If you are looking for solutions to better heat or cool your home, a ductless AC system could be the best option.
What Is a Ductless Air Conditioning System?
A ductless air conditioning system is also known as a mini-split system. With a traditional AC system, a central indoor unit is connected by extensive ductwork that transports warm and cool air. Small units are placed directly in each room in a ductless air conditioning system and pull warm in and blow cool air out.
Many people compare ductless AC systems to window units, but the two have many differences. Unlike window units, ductless AC systems are not noisy. Ductless AC systems also offer the convenience of placing them on walls or ceilings. This allows you to have more space for furniture in your rooms.
Ductless AC systems are also safer. Burglars can easily remove a window AC unit from the outside and enter your home. However, ductless air conditioning systems only need a small hole for installation, making it impossible for any intruders to enter.
The Ideal Situation for a Ductless AC
Ductless air conditioning systems are a popular alternative to traditional air conditioning systems. They are perfect for homeowners with specific situations. These include:
Homeowners with New Additions
Ductless AC works great in garages, bonus rooms, man caves, and sunrooms. Many homeowners add window units to their new additions but quickly find that the window unit can’t cool the entire space. A ductless system will be adequately sized for the new space and won’t steal any cool air from the rest of your home.
Downsizing Energy Usage in a Large Home
Often when people have a large house but only want to cool a few rooms, they shut the HVAC grilles in an attempt to prevent air from blowing into those empty rooms. Unfortunately, this creates pressure imbalances and even mold in your HVAC system. A better option is to place a ductless AC in the rooms that you want to keep calm and set your home’s AC to run less often.
Adding AC to a House Without Ductwork
While a ductless AC is not a cheap option, it is undoubtedly less expensive than adding ductwork to an older home that has never had central air.
Along with their convenience to homeowners, ductless AC systems also offer many advantages.
Advantage of a Ductless AC
Not sure if a ductless AC system is worth the cost? Consider the many advantages that a ductless air conditioning system could offer you and your home.
Ductless AC systems are energy efficient, and as a result, cost less to run. They are also much quieter than traditional window units.
A ductless AC can last for 15 to 25 years with proper and regular maintenance, much longer than a traditional air conditioning system. Ensure that your ductless AC has an extensive lifespan by scheduling an annual tune-up each year with Stith Plumbing and HVAC.
How to Install a Ductless AC
While a DIY approach to installing a ductless AC is possible, it is not suggested as it could void your warranty. To have your system work properly, we recommend that you have a professional install your ductless AC.
A professional HVAC technician will be able to size your system to each specific room accurately. This prevents you from installing a ductless AC system that is too small and runs inefficiently or fails to cool your home. A technician will also ensure that your system is properly installed and that refrigerant levels are set according to guidelines from the EPA.
Are you looking to install ductless AC in your home? We will help you to choose a ductless AC system that is sized for your unique rooms and help you to place it in the most beneficial area. We will also handle all installation and guarantee that your system will be ready to cool your home correctly. Contact our team at Stith Plumbing & HVAC.