Ductless AC systems can be very convenient. They might be perfect for your home. Alternatively, your home might be more cool and efficient is you have a central AC system. It really depends on your budget and property. In fact, some people will have central AC in their homes but will install ductless units in one or more rooms around their homes. This article looks at ductless AC systems and explains where they work best (and where it might be best to avoid them).
What Are Ductless AC Systems?
Ductless AC systems are made up of several electric-powered units. The amount of units you need for your home depends on the size of it and on how many rooms you have. The units are usually mounted on a wall, but they can also be freestanding. You can even get wheeled units that can be moved around the room more easily. Each unit is completely self contained. This means that the unit houses the condenser, evaporator, fan, and all of the other vital components to produce and pump out cold air. In a central HVAC system, there is just one condenser unit that feeds into the ducts and the air is distributed through vents in each room.
Why Go Ductless?
There are many great reasons to choose duct AC over a central system. First of all, they are usually more affordable to install. Not only do the units cost less, but you also have to consider the cost of all the work that would be necessary if you were trying to add ducts to a finished home. If you wanted to add central AC to your existing home, you would need to tear all the drywall off your walls and install the ducting. This is going to cost thousands of dollars in construction labor.
However, ductless might be the best bet, even if you are building your home from scratch. If you live somewhere with a mild climate or only need AC in a couple of the rooms in your home, a central AC system would be wasteful. With ductless AC, you can install units in just the rooms that need cooler air. You will use less electricity when you are just trying to cool only one or two rooms at once, rather than firing up a central system that might make some rooms in your home too cold.
Ductless AC systems are as affordable and efficient as ever. To learn more about ductless air conditioning systems, contact an HVAC contractor.