6 Benefits of Ductless Air Conditioners
Although the cold winter weather still hangs in the air, warmer temperatures are on the way, making it the perfect time to consider your home cooling options. In this month’s blog, the home comfort specialists at Main Stream Mechanical discuss ductless air conditioning units and the benefits these systems offer.
What is Ductless Air Conditioning?
Mounted on any exterior wall in your home, ductless air conditioners cool specific zones without the installation of ductwork that conventional HVAC units require. Also called splits and mini splits, ductless air conditioners are comprised of an outdoor unit that houses the compressor and condenser, and an indoor unit that is as quiet as a whisper when in use. The two units are connected when a small hole is drilled in the wall for a conduit to pass through.
Benefits of a Ductless Air Conditioning System
1. Energy Efficient
The small size and targeted zoning capabilities are just some of the features that make ductless air conditioners energy efficient. These units follow ENERGY STAR guidelines, and are required to meet SEER and HSPF standards. Because there is no ductwork or venting, there is no air loss or thermal leakage—two culprits of ducted systems that lead to higher energy consumption.
2. Cost Savings
Energy efficiency translates into cost savings. Ductless air conditioners allow you to cool only the rooms that are occupied. These systems focus the cool air to the area you need it most—saving energy and money from cooling rooms that are not in use. As utility costs continue to increase, ductless cooling systems’ smaller footprint and minimal power requirements make them a front runner when considering a new cooling unit for your home.
3. Credits and Rebates
You may be eligible for a tax credit when you install a new energy efficient ductless air conditioner. Additionally, many local utility companies offer rebates to help offset the cost of a new high-efficiency system.
4. Simplified Installation
Installing a ductless air conditioner requires less time than installing a new ducted system. Because there are no bulky ducts required and refrigerant is pre-installed, a licensed HVAC specialist at Main Stream Mechanical can configure your ductless system with minimal disruption to your home, and have it up and running in as quickly as a day. Although installation is straightforward, it is important to remember most manufacturers will only honor your warranty if it has been installed by a licensed professional.
5. Flexible Placement
Ductless air conditioning units offer great flexibility because the system can be installed on a wall, in the ceiling, or on the floor. Remote control functions enable you to customize the cooling temperature with ease of use. This flexibility makes ductless air conditioners ideal for:
- Home additions
- Multi-family homes
- Houses with hot water heat
- Home renovations where ductwork cannot be installed
6. Zoned for Comfort
Ductless air conditioners give you the option between single zone or multi zone systems. In a single zone, one indoor unit corresponds to one outdoor compressor. In a multi zone system, one outdoor compressor can power up to four indoor units separately. Each indoor unit is operated by a wireless remote, making it easy to select your preferred temperature. You can also add units to your compressor in the future for a scalable home cooling solution.
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If you’re looking to install a cooling unit, contact the home comfort specialists at Main Stream Mechanical today for a no-obligation estimate. Mention our blog and receive $100 off your installation. We install, maintain, service, and repair residential and commercial heating, cooling, and plumbing systems in Haverhill, Amesbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Topsfield, Boxford, and other Massachusetts locations and throughout Southern New Hampshire.