If you are considering replacing your HVAC unit, or installing one for the first time, then you want to be sure that you pick the type of unit that is right for your home.
But, as with most products these days, it seems like you need to be an expert just to be able to make a choice, with there being so many variables that influence your decision.
Take ductless air conditioning, for example. While you may have heard of it, and may even be considering it for your home, you may not know exactly what it is or how it differs from more conventional central air conditioners.
If this confusion sounds familiar to you, then don’t worry, because you’ve come to the right place. Here’s our lowdown on the pros and cons of ductless air conditioning:
What exactly is ductless air conditioning?
First, let’s get the technical stuff out of the way. Ductless air conditioning, also known as a ductless mini-split system, shares similarities with central air conditioning systems in that each consists of an air handling unit located inside the home, and an outdoor condenser or compressor unit.
The difference is that while a central air system sends cool air through your house via ductwork, ductless air conditioners pass coolant between the indoor and outdoor units, which carry heat outside.
Pro: could cost less to install
Depending upon the setup of your home, having a ductless AC system installed could work out much cheaper than having a central system installed from new or replaced, as contractors won’t need to install or repair a complicated duct system in your home.
Con: could cost more to install
Of course the flipside of this is that a ductless AC unit will be more expensive to install if you already have perfectly good vents installed in your home.
Additionally, if you have a large home that will need several indoor units rather than just one this will make the price rise even further.
Pro: better for older or complicated buildings
If your building is old and has thick walls, or has a complicated layout, then a central conditioning unit with ducts may not be suitable for your home. Additionally, if you live in a small apartment no need for a large unit, then a ductless air conditioner will be a much more viable option.
Con: air conditioner will be visible
Whilst this won’t be a problem for everyone, the fact that the indoor unit requires either ceiling vent or wall mounted unit means it will be visible in your home, whereas central heating is completely hidden.
Pro: ductless tends to be more energy efficient
Generally speaking, ductless air conditioners tend to be the most energy efficient of any type of air conditioning system. This means you could potentially save money on your energy bills.
However, factors such as the size of your home and the quality of ducts in a central system can impact how efficient an air conditioning unit is.
So, it is important to do your research and make an informed decision on which type of unit is right for your home.