It’s only June, but already the temperatures are starting to get really, really hot – not a good sign of things to come. And if you’re like the many people in the Baltimore, Maryland area who use window air conditioners to cool your home, you might be thinking about installing a central air conditioner in your home to stay cooler. Unfortunately, if you don’t already have the ductwork required for a forced air AC, installing one can be difficult, expensive and potentially in violation of building codes (especially if you live in an older home)! But come on – those portable air conditioners are a pain to set up and manage, and they can only provide so much efficient cooling before they become unreliable! Well don’t give up just yet! There’s another, newer solution that could solve all your air conditioning woes – known as a ductless air conditioner.
What exactly is a ductless air conditioner?
As its name suggests, a ductless air conditioner is an air conditioner that doesn’t need ductwork to transport cooled air through your home. In a lot of ways, a ductless air conditioner can be compared both to a conventional central air conditioner and a window air conditioner – it uses the exterior condenser and an indoor evaporator unit of a central AC with the flexibility of modular blower units. The condenser and evaporator units are connected by means of electrical wires and refrigerant tubing.
How easy is it to install a ductless air conditioner?
Again, since ductless air conditioners don’t require ducts, installing and hooking up the indoor and outdoor units of a ductless air conditioning system is extremely easy, requiring only those electrical and refrigerant conduits. Best of all, these lines can usually be installed through holes in the wall as small as three inches in diameter, minimizing visible damage to your home.
How expensive is it to install a ductless air conditioner?
Since ductless air conditioners are much smaller than normal central air conditioners, they tend to be a lot less expensive. Costs do add up as you add more air registers (most systems can accommodate up to four) but the total upfront costs still end up being comparable. And don’t forget that not only do ductless air conditioners tend to be much more efficient than central air conditioners, but they also don’t require that you install new ductwork – often the most expensive part of installing a central air conditioner.
What are the advantages of ductless air conditioners?
Ductless air conditioners make zoning a snap
One of the major advantages of ductless air conditioners is that their small size makes them extremely easy to install in any room in the house, giving them zoning flexibility that you won’t find with central air conditioners. And unlike central AC zones, which are limited by dampers, the blower units of ductless air conditioners can be switched on and off individually and their temperatures can be controlled by individual thermostats. These blower units can be installed one at a time, and can be moved around fairly easily, so if you don’t know how many you need, or if you decide you want to move a blower from one room to another, this is a fairly simple process.
Ductless air conditioners are much more efficient
Ductless air conditioners are more efficient than typical central air conditioners for a number of reasons. Related to what we said above, the enhanced zoning capabilities allow you to have direct control over which rooms get cooled and which don’t, meaning you’ll never waste cooling energy again. In addition, the one biggest source of air conditioner inefficiency – leaking ducts – is completely eliminated.
Ductless air conditioners are quiet
Since the condenser and compressor units of ductless air conditioners are so much smaller than those of central air conditioners, they don’t make nearly as much noise when they start up or run – in fact, you may never hear them at all!
If you’re tired of using clumsy and inefficient window air conditioners to cool your home, don’t wait until the temperature breaches 110 – call All Seasons Heating & Cooling and ask about how to install a ductless air conditioner in your Baltimore, Maryland home!