Ductless air conditioners, also referred to as ductless mini-splits or simply ductless systems, have become increasingly popular for residents and business owners throughout Acworth and beyond. You may be one of many homeowners considering having a ductless system installed in your home. But, you may also be wondering what the pros and cons are.
We’re happy to go over this with you! The best way to do this is to compare and contrast a ductless system with a central air conditioner. Read on to learn more!
What Makes a Ductless System Different from a Central Air Conditioner?
You are likely used to seeing central air conditioners being used for most homes in our area, and for good reason–today’s models are even more efficient than those of just 5-10 years ago. They’re powerful and effective for a number of homes.
A ductless system is a type of heat pump, that actually functions a bit similarly to a central air conditioner, in that it draws heat out of your home and puts the air through a refrigerant process in order to return chilled air into your home.
What makes ductless systems and other heat pump systems different is that the refrigerant process can be reversed in order to provide effective and efficient heat too. When you consider this, it’s easy to see some of the pros of a ductless system, such as:
A ductless system, as we described above, provides cooling and heating. This means you only ever need to worry about maintaining one system, instead of maintaining your air conditioner and furnace or boiler. The functionality of a ductless system even works best in climates that have hot and humid summers but mild winters, making them great for homes in our area!
The one big difference you’ll see with a ductless air conditioner is that it has multiple air handlers instead of just one. The reason this saves space is that these air handlers can be mounted up on the wall high up in the rooms that you need it. Additionally, as the name implies, no ductwork is needed, saving even more space.
Those air handlers we mentioned above can actually be independently controlled from each other. This means that you don’t have to cool the entire home just to keep one room more comfortable. This is great for households with multiple rooms, as well as households where people have vastly different cooling and heating preferences.
So, What Are the Cons?
Ductless systems are a bit more expensive to install than central air conditioners. While they do save you money in utility bills over the course of the system’s lifespan, this can be a budgetary restriction.
Ductless air conditioners can also have unique repair needs. Since the refrigerant runs through a conduit that gets routed through your drywall, something like a refrigerant leak can be more urgent with a ductless system than with a central AC. Of course, if you have your system professionally installed and maintained, you can worry less about this.