Getting a new air conditioning system for your home can be overwhelming. There are so many options out there for keeping your home cool in the summer months. No matter what kind of home you have, getting the right air conditioning system can help you save money, get the comfort you deserve, and make your space more welcoming for anyone who visits.
Below, we’ll compare ductless ACs with other cooling systems to help you find the right option for your home.
How Do Ductless Air Conditioning Systems Work?
Before we can compare the different types of cooling systems, we need to look at how a ductless system supplies cooled air to your home. In a ductless air conditioning system, at least two units are required to cool the air and deliver it to the room you’re cooling.
The indoor ductless unit is mounted on the wall, in the ceiling, or on the floor of the room you’re cooling; this unit pumps the cooled air into the space, and a remote controls it. The ductless wall AC is a quiet option for cooling relief and provides energy-efficient air conditioning that’s easy to adjust and operates separately from any other ductless unit connected to the same outdoor condenser.
The outdoor condenser unit is installed outside the home. This part of the ductless system pulls in the air from outside and cools it before pumping it through the piping to the indoor units.
Central HVAC Systems vs. Ductless Systems
There are a few significant differences between a central HVAC system and a ductless mini-split air conditioner. The biggest thing to note is that a centralized system heats and cools an entire home, while the ductless units are specific to individual rooms. You can create customized “zones” of comfort throughout your home with a ductless system. Whereas with a central AC system, the entire thing is controlled by a single thermostat.
A central HVAC system is the standard kind of system most are familiar with that features ducted vents inside the home and a condenser outside. The ductless system is similar in that it also requires a condenser outside the house, but each of the individual ductless units is piped separately to the condenser to give you complete control over the temperature.
Ductless ACs are more energy efficient than a standard HVAC system because they don’t take as much power to run, and you can easily turn off the units in rooms that aren’t being used. You can turn off Ductless ACs completely, so you won’t waste energy pumping air to a room that doesn’t need it. With a centralized system, there is no way to stop supplying air to the room aside from closing vents. The system will still send the air to that room; it just has nowhere to go once it arrives.
Window Air Conditioners vs. Ductless Systems
Next, let’s look at window ACs vs. ductless mini-splits. Window air conditioners are a common solution for anyone who needs a little bit of cool air in one room or doesn’t want to spend the money to replace an entire HVAC system. Window ACs are relatively inexpensive to purchase, you can install them yourself, and they are removable, so it’s easy to move them to a different room if you need to.
However, even though these types of air conditioners are easy to install, readily available, and somewhat inexpensive, they have some significant problems to navigate. The most common problem is that window ACs are highly inefficient. It’s easy to set up the unit but difficult to do properly.
Often, window ACs are not properly sealed into the windows, so they let out the cooled air as they pump it into the room. This leads to the unit needing to remain on almost constantly to keep the room comfortable, which means your energy bills around going to be high from running the AC constantly.
Window ACs are notoriously loud, whereas ductless ACs are quiet enough that you won’t even notice it’s on while it cools your space.
Similarly to ductless ACs, window units are only intended to cool one room at a time, so you’ll need multiple units to keep your entire home cool.
Portable Air Conditioners vs. Ductless Systems
Lastly, portable air conditioners are a common alternative to window ACs. They are heavier and require a bit of floor space to set up. They are also pretty easy to install yourself and can keep a single room comfortably cool.
However, like window ACs, these types of air conditioners are extremely inefficient and take a lot of power to run. They’re also loud, making them less than ideal for use in bedrooms.
Portable ACs are also difficult to clean properly, which can result in a buildup of mildew if you’re not careful. Ductless ACs, on the other hand, are very easy to clean, and the filters are simple to change out when needed.
Portable air conditioners are also very heavy and difficult to move by yourself if you even need to put them in a different room. Ductless ACs can’t be moved between rooms, but once you have it installed, the unit never needs to be moved, and it’s easy to access for cleaning and maintenance. Additionally, the remote control allows you to adjust the temperature from anywhere in the room.
Is a Wall-Mounted Air Conditioning System Right for You?
If you’re struggling to stay comfortable in the summer months, getting a new air conditioning system is an excellent way to get the relief you need. At New England Ductless, we can help you get your new ductless mini-split system set up to help you enjoy perfectly cooled air whenever you need it.
These energy-efficient cooling systems are perfect for apartments, homes, and businesses, so call today. Our comfort specialists will design the perfect ductless heating and cooling system for your space.