Memorial Day is the unofficial kick off of summer, and for many of us, having friends over for barbecue, sun and fun. This year before your summer-starting social event kicks off, it is the perfect time to think about your HVAC system. Is it running at its best? If there is any chance your guests will be uncomfortable in certain “hot” areas of your home, it might be time for ductless air conditioning.
Here’s Everything You Need to Know about Ductless Air Conditioning:
What is ductless air conditioning? Ductless air conditioning, also known as a mini-split system, offers heat and cooled air to all rooms of a building or home. These ductless systems are typically indoor including wall-mounted, ceiling-mounted, ceiling recessed and horizontal ducted, offering the ability to cool and heat rooms previously difficult to heat or cool effectively.
A ductless air conditioning system is typically wall-mounted and indoor. The indoor unit is combined with an outside compressor.
What are the pros of ductless air conditioning? This type of system is excellent for a home or building with rooms added on difficult to be cooled (or heated) by the existing duct system. Ductless air conditioning is very easy to install, requiring only a very small three-inch hole to be drilled into the wall to connect indoor and outdoor units. Because of this, a ductless air conditioning system is less vulnerable to air leakage and security problems.
Many homeowners opt for these systems because they are small, less visible and less audible than the option of a wall or noisy window unit. Another pro to ductless air conditioning is the energy efficiency. With no ducts, ductless air conditioning systems avoid the energy lost through the ductwork which can account for more than 30 percent of energy consumption for space conditioning.
Without ductwork, ductless units can better control the air quality in a space, as long as the filter is changed or cleaned regularly. Odors and contaminants from other areas in the home won’t travel to your ductless room, keeping your indoor air quality high.
What are the cons of ductless air conditioning? The main con for homeowners considering the ductless air conditioning system is the price tag. Depending on the needs of your home, these systems could run up to 30 percent more than comparable central air systems and up to two times more than old-fashioned, energy-wasting window units.
Additionally, it’s important for an HVAC professional to measure and install the unit in your space. If the duct system is not the correct size, improperly installed or in the wrong location, the result could be short-cycling, which wastes energy and does not provide proper temperature or humidity control.
It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, although most homeowners concerned about the aesthetics say they don’t visually notice it after a few days.
As we get closer to our Memorial Day festivities, it’s important to remember more people in the home will raise the inside temps. Take steps now to ensure your air conditioning cooperates for your event with a tune-up or replace an aging system before the festivities begin. Local trusted provider Stiles Heating & Cooling offers free estimates on new equipment. Financing options are available as well, so families can enjoy energy savings and greater comfort right away.
Start summer off knowing you’ll be comfortable even as the mercury rises with Stiles Heating & Cooling. Since 1974, the Athens area has counted on us for the latest in HVAC products, installation and service. We can help you when there’s an emergency and work with you to help prevent those HVAC emergencies from happening in the future.
If you have an area of your home too warm in the summer or chilly in the winter, we’ll help you decide if a ductless air conditioning system is right for you.