Stillwater, OK Affordable Ductless Air Conditioning
If your home is not equipped with ductwork, the installation of a centralized AC system can escalate expenses and can take a lot of time. Although central AC is the simplest option to bring the home’s temperature down it may not be feasible for some households due to their budgets. There are, however, alternative options out there for you.
Evaporative coolers, also known as swamp coolers, are considered efficient for dryer climates. However, swamp coolers are noisy and have limited cooling ability. Many homeowners are picking ductless mini-split systems as their AC alternative which many people of other nations have been using for many years. These systems are great for homes that are not equipped for central AC because they’re easy to install, you can cool various zones in your home, and they are energy efficient.
How does ductless air conditioning work?
In each house, ductless systems use an outside condenser and air handling units. Air handlers draw in room air, cool it with a refrigerant, and return it into the room. The heat is transferred to the outdoor system via a conduit that expels the energy into the atmosphere.
Air handler fans are designed for quiet operation and are no louder than central AC and much less so than a window fan. The noisiest piece in the whole system is the condenser, and that is positioned outside your home, just like central air is.
In a ductless system, air handlers are required in any room to be cooled and may be mounted on or appear flushed with the ceiling or a wall. The air handlers can be controlled individually or set up to communicate with a thermostat.
To create various areas of cool air, numerous thermostats can be mounted throughout the home. You might want to have separate thermostats for different floors or in rooms that aren’t used very often, such as guest rooms. Most ductless systems offer the option of programming up to four separate zones.
What are the benefits of ductless systems?
For homes that do not have the infrastructure of ducts then they can easily have a ductless mini-split air conditioning system installed. Homeowners typically can choose the kind of air handler that they will install in each room and where they will be placed in the room as well. Flush-mounted ceiling or wall air handlers are a little more pricey, but they can also be more visually appealing.
To accommodate the installation of the ductwork needed for central air conditioning, holes will need to be cut into your home’s walls and ceilings, and you’ll probably lose some closet space. The only structural change needed to install a ductless system is a small hole to permit the connection of the indoor air handlers to the condenser unit located outdoors.
Because there are no large pathways through which cool air needs to travel, ductless air conditioning systems are typically more energy-efficient than central AC systems. Ductless systems are generally about 30% more energy-efficient than central AC, which translates into lower utility bills. Small gaps around seams, or other ways that air can leak from ductwork, account for the higher energy use.
Ductless mini-split systems are a way that homeowners can cool different parts of the house at different times. An example would be to set up an adequate sleeping temperature in the rooms upstairs. You’ll find that this will help save you money on your power bill.
Ductless systems often prove beneficial over window air conditioning units because, without a partially open door, they do not compromise the home’s security or pest control tactics. They are also more flexible in terms of placement, as they can be located anywhere rather than just in windows. During the winter months, they can be set to ‘warm’, and provide year-round comfort with their dual functions.
Custom home installation of ductless mini-split air conditioning units can be best worked out by an air conditioning expert. They will be able to take measurements and determine how many units you’ll need to cool the space and discuss setting your zones, if necessary.
Installing a ductless system is much easier than retrofitting ductwork, but the work should still be done by a professional because toxic chemicals and electrical wiring are involved. A professional can also offer homeowners advice on where air handlers should be placed in your home and what style is best suited. An experienced professional will be able to service, repair, or replace your AC system and get your home cooled to a comfortable temperature in no time.