The Benefits of Ductless AC Systems

Not every home can have a traditional air conditioning system. In the past, this meant that you could only have window air units, but thanks to some new advances, that is no longer true. A newer type of air conditioning is known as “ductless” AC systems and you might be surprised at just how effective these small units can be.

Better Air Quality

One of the biggest issues facing those with allergies or respiratory problems is the fact that it is very difficult to keep allergens and dust out of the home with a traditional air conditioning system. Dust, pollen and other allergens get sucked into the system through return air vents and these particles are redistributed throughout the home. This can make the air quality levels in the home go down and it can be hard to breathe.

A ductless AC unit doesn’t have these problems. It provides cool, conditioned air, without the extra dust and allergens. This is particularly helpful for children who have a harder time dealing with their allergies during the summer months and it is a lot better than having the windows open and letting in even more allergens.

Better Overall Efficiency

If you have been using a window air, you know just how inefficient even newer models can be. Unless it has a programmable thermostat, that unit is going to keep running until you turn it off. This causes extra energy consumption and can be very expensive. They also aren’t as good at cooling larger spaces and you’ll notice that there are plenty of spots in the room that are too hot or too cold.

A ductless system is going to be much more efficient to run and will pay for itself over a matter of just a few years. This alone is enough to make many people consider using this type of system. Just like a window air, you can also have several ductless units operating throughout your home to provide a level temperature throughout your home.

Perfect for Converting Older Homes

If you have an older home that doesn’t have duct work, or a cabin that isn’t set up for a traditional cooling system, a ductless AC unit is the perfect solution. You won’t have to worry about having your walls cut apart to install duct work, or dealing with visible ducts that take away from the beauty of your home’s interior.

These models are mounted permanently to an exterior facing wall and connected to the outdoor unit through copper tubing that is well hidden against your house. This means that you don’t have to deal with clunky window units as well.

One of the biggest issues with window air conditioners is sealing the space around where they are inserted into a window. This space is very difficult to seal properly and can let in allergens, dust and hot or cold air. Unless you remove your unit every year, you’re going to have to deal with winterizing it.

With a ductless system, this is never a problem. When the unit is installed, they will caulk around the entire perimeter and ensure that the fit is air tight. This also saves you a lot of money on energy costs and makes your home more efficient.

If you have questions about how this type of system works, ask your local HVAC company for a demonstration. They’ll be able to advise you on whether or not this type of system is right for your home.

About the author:

Zelick Gimelstein, Marketing Director of The AC Outlet, is a frequent contributor on home energy-related topics. Having learned the many facets and nuances of the industry from the company’s principals—who possess years of general construction and HVAC distribution experience—he enjoys sharing knowledge about both residential and commercial heating & cooling solutions so that end-users may have a better understanding of their needs in terms of comfort, energy usage, and sustainability.