A really common type of AC is the central air conditioner. This type of unit relies on air ducts to circulate air throughout your home. However, if you are looking into AC installation for your home, there are several reasons why you might consider a ductless AC instead. Read more below.
Problems with Central Air
The ductwork that your central air unit will use can be more cumbersome. Your air conditioner will be more complex, which means there are more things that can go wrong. You'll also have to worry about air duct leaks, and your air ducts can also take up space.
Ductless Air Conditioners are Affordable
By using a ductless air conditioner, you will eliminate the materials that are used to distribute the chilled air throughout the home. This can lead to the ductless air conditioner being less expensive because it uses fewer materials and also requires less labor.
However, while there is less work that you need to perform, you should still always have your ductless air conditioner installed by a professional. You will need special expertise to be able to handle the refrigerant. Also, air conditioners are devices that use a lot of electricity. If you do not install your ductless air conditioner properly, you may void the warranty of your AC.
Fewer Problems Overall
In some ways, a central air conditioner can be very efficient. However, central air also can have a lot of imbalances and can also suffer from leaks. This can lead to the AC sometimes being forced to work harder to cool your air. This can lead to higher AC bills and can cause your unit to wear out more quickly than it otherwise would. You will have to pay for your air ducts to be repaired and they are found inside your walls. Therefore, this is not a DIY repair.
You can expect your ductless air conditioner to last at least 15 years and warranties can last as long as 12 years. There are also some companies that offer rebates for ductless air conditioners.
Ductless air conditioners can generate less noise than central air conditioners. The DC motors are only 25 decibels. However, this is also affected by how large your AC is. Don't rely on a rule-of-thumb calculation for how large your AC should be, but instead make sure that the AC installation crew will use the Manual J heat load calculation.