Air conditioning has come a long way over the decades that it’s been around. But one thing that has remained constant is the fact that, while they can be large and bulky, air conditioners require a ton of space to take up residence in your home. In some rooms (or almost every room!), space can be at a premium—especially if you’re working with a small condo or apartment. The truth is whole house air conditioners are tough to beat when it comes to convenience and efficiency. But, they’re not always an option when adding cooling to your home-and that’s where ductless AC comes in.
Ductless heat pump systems are quieter than conventional central air conditioning units and often installed in homes located in extreme climates, such as a hot and humid area. These systems also provide flexibility, allowing installation in rooms where duct-work or vents cannot be used.
Here are the five biggest benefits of Ductless AC unit we’ve known:
- Cost: Because they don’t require extensive duct-work, mini-splits can be installed much more quickly than central air conditioning systems and cost significantly less to do so.
- Efficiency: The biggest advantage of a ductless AC system over central air or window units is efficiency. According to Energy Star, ductless systems use 30% less energy than window units and 50% less energy than traditional central AC systems. In addition to saving you money on your utility bills, this also makes them one of the greenest options for cooling your home!
- Noise: Ductless AC units are whisper quiet—you’ll barely know they’re there!
- Temperature control: With a mini-split system, you can control individual rooms rather than having to keep your whole area at the same temperature. This means no more running the heat full blast in winter just because someone in one room is cold or blasting the AC in summer because someone needs it! You can customize each room (or zone) with its own. unit
- Design: Since mini-split air conditioners don’t require any ducts, they allow you greater design freedom in your home since you can place the units wherever you want them!
It’s true that homes built before about the 1970s don’t have integrated duct-work because central HVAC were not yet standard. That means a lot of County homes were constructed without ducts. The choice for customers with older or historic houses then becomes whether to retrofit with duct-work—which can be a great construction project—or install mini-splits in a few rooms or throughout their homes.
With a Ductless AC unit, you have the luxury of specifically controlling each room in your home or office, making it easier to save money on your energy bills. The technology is efficient and cost-effective, and it’s also whisper quiet—you won’t even notice it’s there!
Proper system sizing and installation are perfectly critical to getting the touted benefits from a Ductless AC unit. Although a DIY approach is doable, experts say against it as you’ll likely void the warranty. Ductless will never work decently if the system is the wrong size, the wall penetration isn’t sealed rightly, or the delicate electronics are mishandled. And you have to be able to handgrip refrigerants according to EPA guidelines. To set up a single unit in a single room, anticipate the job to take around three-to-seven hours. Aggregated rooms and tricky construction may push installation time up to a week.
To keep up your system, you’ll have to rinse each unit’s filter monthly (more often if you smoke or possess pets). Don’t skip it: ductless fans can’t handle rolling up debris, and if you ignore upkeep and professional cleaning is required, you’ll spend hundreds of dollars and possibly reduce the life of your system.