Did you know that there’s an easier alternative to cooling your home than installing a central heating and cooling system? You’ve probably heard of it. Ductless air conditioners are an increasingly popular alternative to central AC systems, and they come with a wide range of benefits.
High Energy Efficiency
Ductless mini-split systems are highly efficient for a couple of reasons. While the minimum SEER rating (a measure of efficiency) for central AC units is 13 or 14, all ductless systems must have at least a rating of 15 SEER. This gives ductless users an immediate jump in energy efficiency.
In addition, ductless air conditioners don’t experience energy loss due to ductwork. Much of the cool air traveling through air ducts in a central AC system is lost due to heat transfer, but ductless air conditioners send 100% of the cool air they produce directly into your home. Your wallet will thank you for the significant savings in your energy bill!
When you cool an entire home with ductless AC, a mini-split system is used to bring cool air to the entire house via multiple indoor units. With a mini-split AC unit in each area of your home, you’ll be able to cool one room but not another. You’ll also be able to make one room warmer than the other to meet the preferred temperature of every family member. You can use these zoning capabilities to save money by not cooling a room you don’t often use.
Combined Heating and Cooling
Many ductless units contain heat pumps, which means you’ll be able to reverse the cooling process during the winter and heat your home. This all-in-one design means you won’t need to pay for a separate heating system. Once you go ductless, all of your heating and cooling needs will be taken care of in the same place.
Because ductless AC systems don’t need any ductwork, installing them is relatively simple and often takes less time. Rather than constructing an entire ductwork system to cool every room, ductless AC installation requires only a small hole in an exterior wall to connect the indoor and outdoor units. This hole will allow enough room for the refrigerant and electrical lines. Installation price and time will vary depending on your specific needs, but installing a ductless system is much simpler than installing a central AC system.
The same simple design that makes installing your ductless system so easy makes it the perfect, versatile solution for unusual cooling needs. For example, it’s often very difficult to cool a basement with central AC, but ductless makes it easy. The versatility of ductless air conditioning comes in handy in the following situations:
- Cooling attics and basements
- Finished garages
- Home add-ons
- Supplementing a central AC system
- Historic homes that can’t accommodate ductwork
If you’re interested in installing a mini-split AC system, count on the pros at My Guy Heating & Air to make the process as simple and stress-free as possible. Contact us for more information or to begin your service request today.