Why Ductless Air Conditioning is the Right Choice for Older Homes
For homeowners who do not have the space – or the budget – to install the bulky ductwork necessary for central air conditioning, ductless air conditioning can be a true blessing. A ductless cooling system does not require breaking into walls, tearing up floors, or punching through ceilings.
Instead ductless AC systems (sometimes called “mini-split” systems) are compact, quiet and energy efficient. Plus, they are easy to install. Each new ductless system consists of one or more small indoor cooling units, which are typically mounted high on a wall, and a larger outdoor compressor unit. Because no energy is lost through ductwork (which can drain up to 30% of energy), a ductless system is among the most efficient and cost effective ways to cool your home.
The indoor and outdoor units are connected via a small conduit that is fed through the walls where the units are placed. Chilled air is circulated from the compressor to the indoor unit for distribution into your home, while hot air and condensation are pumped back outside. Because the “working” part of the system (the compressor) is outdoors, a ductless system is virtually silent.
Indoor units can be placed strategically throughout your home, and can be individually activated and controlled using a remote control, or even with your smart phone. You can cool one room at a time if you’d like, making the operating costs of a ductless system very low. The units can also be equipped with filters that help keep your indoor air fresh and clear of contaminants – great for pollen season or allergy sufferers.
Here’s the best part: your ductless cooling system can be switched over to become a heating system with the flick of a switch. You will get the same energy savings, operating efficiency, and ability to heat all or part of your home, as needed. When hot and humid weather returns next summer, you can easily convert back to air conditioning mode.
Call us at (508) 388-1009 to find out how a ductless cooling – and heating – system can make your home more comfortable in any weather. We’d be happy to provide a complete assessment of your home’s needs and no-obligation estimate.
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