If you are trying to make a decision about air conditioning options for your home, one option to consider is the ductless air conditioning system. If your home does not currently have air ducts installed, the cost can gradually increase with a traditional central air conditioner. For that reason, many homeowners opt for ductless. Here are some things you need to know if you are considering a ductless system:
How Ductless Systems Work
A ductless air conditioner is a cooling system that does not utilize a ducting system to control the temperature. It utilizes a heat pump that is housed outside along with an indoor unit. The heat pump works essentially the same in a ductless system as it would in any traditional system. When it is hot outside, the indoor system will remove the warm air from inside and move it through the coils that contain refrigerant to cool the air. The hot, absorbed air is then carried outside.
When the weather turns cool, the system works in reverse. The outside heat pump will remove heated air from outside and move it through the indoor unit to warm the house.
How the System Is Installed
An HVAC contractor should install a ductless system. The good thing about the installation process is that it is much faster and easier to install when compared to a traditional central air conditioning unit. The contractor will drill a small hole in a wall of your home to connect the indoor and outdoor units. The hole will be completely covered, so you do not have to worry about added air leakage. The outdoor unit is attached to your house. The indoor unit is also mounted near the top of the wall. The final part of the installation includes the installation of the refrigerant line, condensate line, and power cable.
Cost of a Ductless System
The cost of a ductless system relies on several factors. You first have to pay for the unit itself. You will have a variety of models to choose from that meet the needs of both your house size and your budget. Keep in mind that while you may want the most efficient units, these can be more expensive. You may also need more than one unit for different parts of your house to keep it at a comfortable temperature. Another cost is the installation expense. These systems are typically easier to install than a traditional central unit, but you should meet with your HVAC contractor to determine the final installation cost based on your home's needs.
To learn more about ductless air conditioning systems, reach out to a local AC service.