Ideally, you’ll already have a great air conditioner in place before the heat of the summer season really makes it a necessity. If you got a bit behind schedule with your installation or replacement, or if an unexpected breakdown has left you in need of a prompt installation, then take a moment to consider an option that you may have overlooked: a ductless air conditioner! And no, we are not talking about those noisy, inefficient units that you put in the window frame.
A ductless air conditioner, or ductless mini split, is indeed a whole-house cooling solution—but it doesn’t need to use ductwork in order to distribute conditioned air throughout your home. This makes it ideal for use in a number of applications, including in those homes that do not already have a system of air ducts in place. Read on, and be sure to work with us for all services related to HVAC in Stamford, CT. We’ll find the right system for your needs.
You Get Simple Zone Control
A ducted central air conditioner can be outfitted with a zone control system, but a ductless mini split inherently offers this benefit. Why? Because, though it is a whole-house cooling system, the ductless mini split does not feature a central air distribution system. Instead, it utilizes individual, independently controlled air handler units.
These blowers are installed throughout your home, and they each have their own thermostat. Because of this, you can very easily set different temperatures in different areas throughout the house. And there is no need to retrofit the system with zone control components that it may not really be compatible with!
You Boost Energy Efficiency
Zone control, when properly executed, is going to help you boost energy efficiency in your home. You’ll be able to maintain different temperatures in different areas, so you don’t have to cool empty or seldom-used rooms to the same extent as those that are usually occupied. That’s not really the only way in which to boost efficiency, though.
The elimination of ductwork is, itself, the major benefit to energy efficiency when it comes to ductless mini split systems. When there are no air ducts that can leak, after all, there is no risk of wasted energy via leaky ductwork. Plus, you won’t have to worry about heat from unconditioned spaces heating up your ducts as cold air passes through them, causing your AC to work harder.
Oh, Right—You Get Year-Round Comfort!
This one’s a doozy for sure. While there are cooling-only ductless mini splits out there, the most common and most popular systems are those using heat pump technology. This means that your system can reverse its operation, drawing heat out of the air outside in order to heat your home with great efficiency.
Of course, should temperatures get overwhelmingly cold, as they do around here sometimes, modern ductless systems are more effective than ever at dealing with that type of cold. Their electric resistance heating can also help to close the gap in extreme cases.
If you have any questions, contact the pros here at Celco Heating and Air Conditioning.