Ductless air-conditioning (AC) systems can be the perfect answer for that room that’s never quite cool enough or for that new addition you’re building. It’s a low-maintenance and affordable option to upgrading to a newer AC unit when more cooling is needed inside your home. The ductless system works, obviously, with no ducts, as a traditional AC unit uses to carry air to vents. Instead this system has an outdoor compressor unit located against the house or building. This makes it highly adaptable to many rooms and needs.
The inside unit is typically mounted high up on a wall of the room where the cooling is needed. A small hole, with approximately a three-inch diameter, is cut to the outside where the lines providing electricity, drainage, and refrigerant can come from the outdoor unit. Sometimes these units are also called mini-splits, multi-splits, and variable refrigerant flow systems. Call Comfort Design for a recommendation on where a ductless AC might work best in the room you think could use some cooling help.
A heater is still needed, as the ductless AC only provides the air conditioning. You could still use your traditional furnace with ducts, or you could install a ductless unit that’s a combination AC and heater (adding a heat pump). This is the best option for that new addition or for a room that’s never quite cool or warm enough, no matter much you change the thermostat. These systems are becoming more popular and are actually pretty cost-effective. They can save you up to 30 percent on your energy bills, compared to AC window units and electric heaters.
Many homes are now adding multiple units or “zones” throughout the entire house. If you have these multiple zones in your home, you can control the temperature on a per-room basis, instead of cranking up the AC for the whole home. Many times, as much as 20 percent of that cool air is lost through ducts with holes or leaks. The ductless AC completely bypasses that issue and offers the efficiency like indoor geothermal without going geothermal.
While ductless AC systems require little maintenance, the installation definitely requires a professional. The certified technicians at Comfort Design have the expertise required and would be happy to answer any installation questions you may have. Always be sure any installing company has a license before hiring them for the work. There are nuances to any installation that only a licensed contractor can know and address.
You can also talk to Comfort Design about the health benefits to installing a ductless AC as well. Without needing ductwork, the health concerns about what could be growing or blowing through your home via the ducts is eliminated. And right there is another added savings––no ductwork cleaning ever needed.
If you’re constantly reaching for that glass of ice tea to help cool you down in one for more of your rooms, or if you’re in the middle of planning an addition or converting your garage to a family room, definitely take a look at a ductless AC. It could answer more than one need for you.