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Is Ductless AC Really All That Great?

Ductless air conditioning is powerful. We hear about it from friends, through online forums when we research our next home cooling purchase, but … is it really that great? There are apparent pros and cons that we identify as installers who work with them every day. If you’re considering switching to ductless air conditioning, this is what you need to know.

Ductless Is Cheaper to Run and More Expensive to Install

Ductless is cheaper to maintain because it simply doesn’t have ductwork and vents worked into the equation. There’s less areas where problems can occur, and the unit itself is fairly compact. This aids in energy efficiency, but there’s a bigger upfront cost associated with the installation.

As part of your ductless air conditioning, you’ll have one or more heads. As you may have guessed, the more heads you have, the more expensive the installation price. The number of heads your home requires is based on your square footage, but also on comfort preferences.

Since you can put one head in the bedroom and another in the living room, you’re able to control the temperature in different zones of your home. Depending on how much fine control you wish to have, you’ll need more heads.

Installation Can Be Quick

This depends on how many heads you plan to have installed. For some homes, it can make sense to simply put one head in the living room or central living area and rely on that. There are different ductless units with various capabilities, each providing their own pros and cons. Depending on how many heads are being installed, the process doesn’t have to take as long as installing a central air conditioner, for example.

These Machines Are Flexible, But What If You Don’t Need That Flexibility?

One of the great benefits of ductless mini splits is being able to change the temperature across different zones of your home. That means when you don’t mind a bit of heat during the day in the living room, but you want your bedroom to feel like a refrigerator when you curl up to go to sleep, you can have the best of both worlds.

However, not everyone requires this level of control and flexibility. Many homeowners are fine with having an even temperature across the entire house, and that’s okay. Look at what you reasonably need and use that to make a decision.

More Heads Means Better Air Quality

If you choose to install a ductless system with multiple heads, you’ll successfully filter air from different areas of your house, effectively bringing the air quality level up across your entire home. This isn’t negligible, but it’s important to note that if you already have an IAQ system, like an air purification system, this impact isn’t really anything to write home about.

Ductless Is Powerful, But it’s Not for Everyone

If the benefits and unique selling points of ductless air conditioning speak to you, we’re happy to help you get started with your installation and transform the way you cool (and heat) your home. Still sticking with central AC? That’s okay—we handle those, too. Either way, it’s a great reason to call today.

Contact us today to schedule your ductless air conditioning installation as soon as possible.

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