If you live in an older or historic house, you probably don’t want to install the ductwork required for a conventional central air conditioner – most older homes were simply not designed for ductwork and installing it could be difficult, expensive and potentially in violation of building codes! But let’s face it – moving those portable air conditioners into and out of your windows five times a day can be kind of a pain! Fortunately, if you’ve been aching for a more convenient way to cool your home in the spring and summer, your solution has arrived – you should install a ductless mini-split air conditioning system.
What is a ductless air conditioner?
A ductless air conditioner is exactly what it sounds like – an air conditioning system that does not rely on complex and expensive ductwork to cool your home. A ductless air conditioner is like a combination of a conventional central air conditioner and a window unit air conditioner – it has an exterior condenser and an indoor evaporator unit which contains a cooling coil, a fan and various controls. The condenser and evaporator units are connected by means of electrical wires and refrigerant tubing.
Hooking up the indoor and outdoor units of a ductless air conditioning system could not be easier. Whereas central air conditioners require the installation of complex ductwork, ductless air conditioners require only those electrical and refrigerant conduits – often these can be installed with only a three inch hole in the wall! These connecting conduits can be up to 50 ft long, allowing you to install an outdoor unit behind your house and still be able to attach a blower to a room in the front of your house.
What are the advantages of ductless air conditioners?
Ductless air conditioners make installation zoning a breeze
Right off the bat, one of the main advantages of ductless air conditioners is obvious – their small size makes them extremely easy to install and offers zoning flexibility that you won’t find with central air conditioners. Many models of ductless air conditioners can accommodate up to four indoor blower units connected to one outdoor unit, each of which can be controlled with its own individual thermostat. If you’re not sure how many indoor blower units you’re going to need, you can install them one at a time. The final number of blowers you install depends on how much heating or cooling you need for each zone, which in turn depends on how well each zone is insulated – either way, such easy installation and zoning options make saving energy and money on air conditioning a snap!
Ductless air conditioners save energy
In addition to the energy saving benefits provided by zoning, ductless air conditioners can circumvent all the energy losses associated with leaking ductwork. Losses from ductwork are some of the primary causes of inefficiency with central air conditioners, sometimes accounting for more than 30% of energy consumption – especially if ducts are in an unconditioned space such as the attic.
Ductless air conditioners are quiet
With ductless air conditioners, all the noises that you may be used to from central air conditioners firing up and blowing air through your house are eliminated! The noisy parts of a ductless air conditioner, the compressor and the condenser, are housed as a single unit that is located outside in the backyard. This leaves the all but silent fan and evaporator units inside.
Ductless air conditioners can enhance your home’s interior design
Ductless air conditioning systems can provide more than just energy saving benefits – they also offer flexibility in interior design! The indoor units of a ductless air conditioning system can be installed in a variety of ways, such as – suspended from the ceiling, mounted flush in a drop ceiling, hung on a wall, even standing on the floor! In addition, most indoor blowers keep a low profile at no more than seven inches deep and come with sleek, high tech jackets that will enhance the look of any room without being too gaudy and unattractive. Many also include remote controls and programmable thermostats, making it easy to turn the system on and off when it’s positioned high up on a wall or ceiling.
Ductless air conditioners offer increased security
As an added bonus, ductless air conditioners offer an element of home security! Through-the-wall and window mounted room air conditioners can provide an easy entrance for intruders to get into your house. No one is ever going to fit through the three-inch holes required by ductless air conditioners!
If you’ve read enough and want to experience the energy saving benefits of a ductless air conditioner, call Michael Bonsby Heating and Air Conditioning. We can install a ductless air conditioner or ductless heat pump in your Maryland or Washington, DC home and get you saving money on your energy bills today!