Every AC system makes use of the same outdoor factors to yield the refrigerant required to cool a home. Here, ductless systems differ from their central-air counterparts in terms of where they cool the air and how they distribute it. But are they really worth the money? Read on to find out if a ductless system is right for you.
Central-Air Systems and Ductless Systems: What’s the Difference?
Where central-air systems use ducts to transfer cool air into a house, ductless systems route refrigerant into several indoor handlers positioned in various rooms. Think of each handler as a satellite cooler that pumps an adequate amount of cold air into a particular place. Up to four handlers can be connected to a single unit at one time, and each has its own thermostat, meaning they are able to operate on their own! Additionally, since they do not have ducts, you don’t have to worry about leaks, wayward pressure, or excess heat—all of which are common problems with a classical central air system. Even better, installing a ductless system is ridiculously easy!
Houses equipped with central-air systems lose at least 25 percent of the energy produced to ductwork. Homeowners can save a lot of cash and increase the efficiency of their system simply by getting rid of ducts. Additionally, ductless systems mobilize inter-driven compressors that accelerate and decelerate in tandem with the system’s requirements. This operation is much more energy-efficient than that of a system that has to shut off entirely, especially considering that compressors expend the most energy when starting up.
The cons of ductless systems fall into three categories: initial cost, required maintenance, and physical orientation. For those renting an apartment or just looking to cool or heat a single room, a ductless system might be overkill. On the other hand, if your home is already fitted with a central-air system, installing a ductless system could cost up to three times what a new central air system would cost. Sure, your energy bills will decrease, but the initial cost may outweigh the savings. As far as maintenance is concerned, each filter in a ductless system must be cleaned once per month.
If you still have questions about whether a ductless or central air system is right for you, the technical professionals at Cascade Mechanical are ready to help.
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