Ductless air conditioning offers a lot of benefits to homeowners who install a mini split system, but can apartment renters gain those same advantages by switching to ductless?
Below, we take a look at how ductless AC works for apartments, how they stack up against window air conditioners, and how our experienced New York HVAC technicians can help you get reliable comfort you can count on.
Mini split air conditioners have a lot of features that are well-suited to apartment living. Not only are they easy to use, they pack a lot of cooling power into a small space. Building additional ductwork often isn’t possible for apartment complexes and condos, leaving renters with limited cooling options. Mini splits don’t require the use of ductwork and only need a couple of thin metal tubes to connect the indoor and outdoor units for circulating refrigerant.
Ductless units are small and discreet, with outdoor condensers that can be mounted outside a window on the exterior wall of an apartment building. The indoor unit that controls the temperature and velocity of your treated air can be placed near the floor, on the wall, or even in the ceiling to maximize the available space in your apartment.
And the benefits don’t stop there – mini split ACs are incredibly quiet, which is key for apartment complexes that house a lot of people. Window air conditioners can produce up to 80 decibels of noise – as loud as a garbage disposal or a car wash.
By comparison, ductless air conditioners produce only 30 to 35 decibels of noise. They’re also exceedingly energy-efficient and offer easy upkeep, which can help lower your electricity bills and keep your indoor air cleaner and healthier all year long.
Window ACs are a popular choice for apartments because they’re inexpensive and easy to install and remove. But they don’t work nearly as well and can cost a small fortune in cooling costs just over the course of a single summer season. Here’s a quick side-by-side comparison:
- Mini split ACs are more expensive to install but cheaper to run over time
- Ductless systems use about 40% less energy than window ACs
- Window ACs can negatively impact your air quality while ductless improves it
- Mini split systems allow you to have more control over your home comfort
Because mini splits are so quiet, discreet, and simple to install, most apartment complexes and condo associations allow both renters and owners to have them. However, you’ll want to check because there may be certain regulations or guidelines that residents are required to abide by when setting up their systems.
For example, the top-most apartments may need to have refrigerant lines run through the roof while apartments below them need the refrigerant lines run down the side of the building. Contact the appropriate association before having your system installed to make sure you’re doing everything by the book. The last thing you want is to find out there’s a problem after the installation is complete.
Here are some tips you can use to maximize the comfort in your home:
- Run your mini split all the time. It’s more efficient to rely on variable fan speeds to increase or decrease based on the temperature in your home than it is for the system to be shut off and turned back on again to reach the same outcome.
- Get a programmable thermostat. This lets you set your ideal temperatures for when you’re home or away so you can save more energy when you don’t need your system to run as much. You can also get apps that let you control your thermostat from your phone anywhere in the world, so you can change your comfort settings at any time.
- Seal drafty areas and install curtains. If your apartment is drafty, try to seal these areas with draft door stoppers or heavy curtains that keep outside air from seeping in and vice versa.
If you live in an apartment and want to upgrade your air conditioning, a ductless system is a great choice. You’ll be able to keep your living space comfortable even during the hottest summers – plus, mini splits double as a heater during the winter, so you don’t have to use space heaters or a dusty central system when it gets cold.
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