Benefits of a Ductless Air Conditioning Unit

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With summertime temperatures in full swing these days, more and more Americans are calling up their local HVAC companies and asking for air conditioning installments. So how do you know what type of HVAC system is the best?

Many people opt for ductless heating and air conditioning systems these days before they are less expensive and more reliable. Also, you may have a home that does not have any ductwork installed, which would pose a bit of an issue if you wanted AC and heating with ducts. Those with older homes can benefit from a ductless air conditioner this summer

Benefits of a ductless air conditioner: Having this installed bypasses the need for having to install air conditioners in every window, which can be quite an eye sore. Then there is all the time needed to take them out of the windows and properly store them away for the winter months. An added bonus is that a ductless unit is less costly.

Other ways to save money with a ductless air conditioner would be to have a programmable thermostat installed, which can save around $180 a year in energy costs. Also, if the house already has proper attic ventilation, this can lower HVAC bills by 10-12%.

What is a ductless system? This type of cooling system takes up minimal room and is also known as a split or ductless split system because it is comprised of two parts. One is a part called the compressor. This is installed outside the house and placed atop a concrete slab in order to prevent it from sinking into the ground. The second part is an indoor unit. This unit consists of a fan that is installed near the ceiling of the home on an exterior wall.

How it works: Placed normally on the second floor (or sleeping floor) of the home, the ductless air conditioner functions the same way a central AC system would work, sans additional equipment and pipework.

The outdoor unit pumps and cools the refrigerant through copper lines that are funneled to the indoor unit. The fan inside the home then evenly distributes cool air throughout the area. Because cool air sinks and warm air rises, these types of systems are not normally placed on the ground floor.

Warm air is then take up through the indoor unit and removed with any condensation that collected on the unit. With proper maintenance, a new HVAC unit can last anywhere from 12 to 15 years, so it is a good investment to make for those who own older homes.

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