When summer is at its peak and your house is hot, it’s easy to assume that central air conditioning is the solution. The choices you make today will affect your home for the next 15-20 years. Here are a few things to consider before you install central air.
Lifetime costs. Lifetime costs of any system should be one of your primary concerns. Cooling system efficiency improves over time, partially because technology improves and partially because the government efficiency requirements change. The lifetime costs of a system include installation, operating costs and maintenance or repairs. Over a unit’s lifetime, its operating costs will represent the largest
Performance. Whatever system you choose will be in your home for 15 or more years. When you choose a system, you “lock in” an efficiency rating. A low efficiency system will never be anything more than a low efficiency system; you cannot redesign it or upgrade it to be more efficient. To improve efficiency, your only option is to replace it before the end of its useful life. The more efficient your system is at the beginning of its lifetime, the more efficient it will be over its lifetime and the better able it will be to keep pace with newer, more efficient systems that enter the market.
Comfort. Your cooling system has a major impact on the comfort of your home. Real comfort goes beyond temperature. When your home is truly comfortable, it’s cool in all the right places. The air in your home is neither too humid nor too dry. Your cooling system is quiet, and best of all, it’s efficient.
Why central air may not meet your needs
Central air conditioning may not help you maximize any of these considerations, which means that you’ll pay more and get less over the lifetime of your cooling system. In addition, you may also compromise on comfort. Central air only offers a one-size-fits-all solution for your home, leaving some rooms too cold and others too hot. The ductwork in your home may rob your system of efficiency, making it work harder to keep your home comfortable. And with a less efficient air conditioner, you’ll spend significantly more over your system’s lifetime.
Ductless cooling systems offer the highest available efficiency on the market today. Each system is customized to meet the exact needs of your home. Better still, a ductless system will keep your home supremely comfortable, and will operate in near silence.
If you’d like more information about ductless cooling, and how it can benefit your home, please give us a call at New England Ductless at (617) 915-2803 to schedule a consultation.