Benefits of Ductless Split Air Conditioning Systems
If you are searching for a more efficient way to cool your home, ductless split air conditioning systems are a great option. This type of air conditioning does not require ducts, and it has many applications both residentially and commercially. Ductless split air conditioning is most commonly used is homes that have heating systems that do not require ducts, such as space heating, radiant, heat, and hot water heat. In addition, this system is beneficial for room or house additions as well as smaller apartments because they do not require you to add ductwork to those areas. Find out if ductless split air conditioning is the right choice for you.
ENERGY STAR Certification
One benefit of ductless split air conditioning is that many systems are ENERGY STAR certified. This means that they are much more efficient than other types of cooling systems, which will both save you money and preserve energy. In fact, ductless split air conditioning can save you about 30% on your overall cooling costs each year. These systems can often provide you with both heating and cooling, which will save you money in both areas. Search for a system with the ENERGY STAR label to ensure that you are purchasing the most efficient system.
Advantages of Ductless Split Air Conditioning Systems
Along with the fact that they are more efficient and will save you money, there are many other advantages to ductless split air conditioning systems.
- Size: One benefit of ductless split air conditioning is its size. The units are very small, making them unobtrusive and easy to use in a variety of spaces.
- Flexibility: These systems are also very versatile in how they can be used, especially when it comes to heating and cooling zones. You can create zones that connect up to four indoor units with one outdoor unit. The advantage is that each zone has an individual thermostat, meaning that you can save money and energy by turning off the air conditioning in zones that you are not in.
- Installation: Ductless split air conditioning is also very easy to install, often much more so than other air conditioning systems. You typically only need a 3 inch hole in the wall to connect the indoor and outdoor units, and there are many different lengths available for connectors. This allows you to place the outdoor compressor almost anywhere and still connect it to units across the building.
- No Ducts: Not having ducts is a benefit because it avoids the energy loss that often occurs when ducts are present. With central air conditioning, on average 30% of the energy that is used come from energy loss in the ducts.
- Design: With ductless split air conditioning, you have much greater control in terms of design options. The indoor units can hang on the wall, be mounted flat against a drop ceiling, or hang suspended from the ceiling. They also often come with remote controls for easy access no matter where you place the unit.
- Safety: Ductless split air conditioning can also be safer than air conditioning because they only require a small hole in the wall rather than large spaces for wall and window mounted AC units.
Disadvantages of Ductless Split Air Conditioning Systems
While ductless split air conditioning systems are beneficial in many ways, there are also certain disadvantages that you should consider.
- Cost: The largest downfall of ductless split air conditioning is the cost to install the system. They can cost from $1500-$3000 for each ton of cooling capacity, which is about 30% more expensive than a central air conditioning system. However, this number does not include the necessary ductwork for central air conditioning.
- Correct Sizing: One avoidable disadvantage is that when the system is installed, each indoor unit needs individual sizing and attention to the location. Ductless split air conditioning can short-cycle and waste energy if it is too large or poorly located. In addition, oversizing will detract from control of the temperature and humidity, and it makes the system more expensive.
- Appearance: Many dislike the appearance of ductless split air conditioning when it comes to the indoor units. These need a place for drainage, and they are more obtrusive than central air conditioning.
- Service: It can be difficult to find qualified technicians to install and service your ductless split air conditioning system. However, Albuquerque Plumbing, Heating & Cooling is experienced in these systems and offers installation, maintenance, and repairs.
Services from Albuquerque Plumbing, Heating & Cooling
Whether you already have a ductless split air conditioning system or would like to install one, Albuquerque Plumbing, Heating & Cooling is here for all of your needs. These systems are often popular because you can install just one zone at a time, allowing you to spend less now and expand your system when you can afford it. If you have further questions about ductless split air conditioning systems, contact Albuquerque Plumbing, Heating & Cooling today.