There are many ways to cool your home during the spring and summer, and you may be considering whether or not upgrading to ductless AC is the right choice. Below, compare ductless AC to other forms of cooling, including traditional central HVAC and window units and learn how Jones Services can help you achieve your home comfort goals.
Ductless air conditioners (also known as mini-splits) have gained popularity in recent years as a more efficient and effective alternative to traditional HVAC systems. But how do they stack up against other forms of cooling, like window units or central AC?
Ductless HVAC systems are more effective than central and window ACs because they can be placed in specific areas of your home where you need them most. For example, if you have an attic that gets hot in the summer, you can place a ductless unit there to keep just that space cooler. Central and window ACs attempt to cool your entire home, which can result in uneven temperatures and some rooms being too cold or too hot.
Ductless is also more energy efficient than central and window ACs because they don’t lose energy through ductwork. Ductwork can account for up to 40% of energy loss in a home cooling system, according to the University of Florida. Additionally, ductless systems use variable fan speeds and advanced technology to sense when the system needs to be on and to what degree.
The inverter compressor only uses as much energy as needed to maintain the desired temperature, meaning ductless units don’t have to work as hard to cool your space. In contrast, central and window ACs use a constant speed compressor that runs at full power even when the desired temperature has been reached, wasting energy. Ductless systems also have a much longer lifespan than traditional AC units, helping homeowners save money in the long run.
Ductless systems have a smaller environmental impact than central and window ACs because they don’t use Freon refrigerant. Freon, also called R-22 refrigerant, is harmful to the environment because it helps cause ozone depletion. Ductless systems use environmentally friendly refrigerants such as R-410A and R-32 that don’t damage the ozone layer or contribute to climate change.
While new window units and central HVAC systems no longer use Freon, if your compressor is more than 10 years old, it may. In the event that you lose cooling capacity or have a refrigerant leak in an older system, you will need to have it replaced since Freon isn’t available for purchase anymore. Furthermore, the fact that ductless uses significantly less energy to heat and cool a home means that fewer carbon emissions are generated by the system overall.
When it comes to air quality, ductless ACs have a few advantages over other forms of cooling. First, because they don’t rely on ductwork, there is no risk of the ducts becoming a breeding ground for mold or other allergens.
Ductwork can collect dust, mildew, and pollen that are then circulated throughout your home every time the AC is turned on, but ductless systems filter out these allergens before they enter your living space, providing you with cleaner air to breathe. Second, since they circulate air more efficiently, they can help to reduce overall dust and pollen levels in your home.
Another advantage of ductless AC systems is that they don’t recirculate stale air. With central air conditioning systems, the same air is circulated over and over again, picking up contaminants along the way. Ductless units draw in fresh air from outside, providing a continuous supply of clean, filtered air into your home.
Finally, many ductless AC units come with built-in filters that help to remove even more airborne contaminants from the airstream. These filters can trap everything from dust and pollen to bacteria and viruses, helping to create a cleaner, healthier indoor environment.
Ductless air conditioners are very quiet, both inside and outside the home. They are so quiet that many people don’t even realize they are running. This is in contrast to other forms of cooling, like window units, which can be quite loud for both the homeowner and any neighbors who are nearby. The whisper-quiet operation of ductless AC is one of the biggest advantages they have over other cooling options.
It’s clear that ductless AC has many benefits over other forms of cooling, including better energy efficiency, a lower environmental impact, and improved air quality. Ductless cooling is an excellent option for homeowners looking for an upgrade or adding on – contact Jones Services for more information or to get a quote for the cost of a ductless system in your home.