If you rely on window air conditioners now, you may wish you could have central air so your home has a more uniform temperature throughout. Plus, with a central air system, your windows are free again so you can open them for a breeze rather than having a few of them blocked with air conditioners. When you're ready for a new AC, you should look into a ductless air conditioning system. Here's why you might like one and how it works.
The Benefits Of A Ductless Cooling System
The main benefit of the system is that you eliminate the need for ducts. That makes the unit more efficient since air doesn't have to blow through a system of ducts before it's blown into your house. There are also fewer things to go wrong. For instance, you won't have to worry about air leaking out of the ducts and wasting energy. Plus, the air that blows into your home won't pick up dust, foul odors, and allergens like it might if it blows through ducts. You'll be able to eliminate the cost of buying and installing ducts and you won't lose valuable attic space to ducts. A ductless system doesn't even need access to your attic.
The Way A Ductless System Works
A ductless system is similar to a traditional central air conditioner in that refrigerant and a blower are needed to send chilled air into your home. The difference comes in the size of the blower inside and the way the unit is installed. A ductless AC has an outdoor condenser that sits on a slab just like a traditional AC. The condenser has a fan, coil, and compressor. These parts work to transfer heat and recycle refrigerant.
The indoor part of the AC system is a small blower that has an evaporator coil and fan that blows cool air into your house. The blower is mounted on the wall so it doesn't take up window space. When the blower is high on the wall, it is out of sight and out of the way so it doesn't interfere with your décor or the placement of furniture.
The indoor unit connects to the outdoor unit through the wall. This allows condensation drainage to flow outside and it provides a connection for refrigerant and electricity to power the blower. Depending on the size of your house, you may want multiple blowers installed or you might need only one.
A ductless system is ideal for whole-house cooling, and it's also a good option for adding climate control to a garage or home addition. The operation is controlled with a remote so you can feel comfortable during even the hottest days of summer, which is a feat often not possible with a window air conditioner. Contact a service, like Jahnke Heating & Air, for more help.