Central air conditioning is a great cooling option but it’s not the best fit for every home. Here in Western Massachusetts, there are quite a lot of older homes heated with boilers instead of furnaces that don’t have duct systems. In addition, conventional air conditioning is not always the most efficient considering the loss of conditioned air where ducts pass through hot attic spaces or leaky ducts in crawl spaces. If you’re planning an addition for your home, extending the air conditioning ducts into the new space may add excessive costs to the project.
Fortunately, there’s a cooling option available that doesn’t require any ductwork at all: the ductless air conditioner, also called mini split AC. At Hurley & David, we can provide the same comfort and efficiency with a mini split AC unit without the loss of cool air in crawl spaces associated with conventional central air conditioning. Ductless AC systems are also available in dual-purpose heat pump models, meaning the same compact unit can take care of heating and cooling throughout the year. Ductless heating and cooling systems can therefore be very convenient!
Benefits of a Ductless Air Conditioner
Besides the obvious advantages of not needing to worry about ducts, ductless AC systems have a few key advantages over regular central air conditioners.
- Cooling efficiency
The average central air conditioner loses up to 30 percent of its cooling power to leaks in the ducts, nearly all of which is wasted in small spaces between walls and floors. Mini split air conditioning systems use special variable-speed compressors to match your home’s cooling needs in real time as outside temperatures change during the course of the day, which improves comfort and energy efficiency. That also makes ductless AC units a cheap option as you will save on your energy bill.
- Zoned control
A mini split ac unit also allows for zoned control, meaning you can adjust the AC in different rooms independently to avoid “cold spots” in certain small spaces like a reading nook.
Because they’re so compact, ductless air conditioning systems are great options for smaller homes, apartments and condominiums where space is at a premium. With a ductless AC unit, you’ll save plenty down the road because of their reduced energy usage, plus mini split installation doesn’t require the time and effort of running ductwork through an attic or crawl spaces. We’ll be happy to help you consider all of your cooling options to find the right solution for your home.
Going Ductless With Hurley & David
If a mini split AC system is the right option for your home, we’ll be more than happy to help. Our technicians can perform mini split installation by setting up a single outdoor unit, then placing up to four indoor units in the main living areas of your home. We’ll run special conduits that carry refrigerant between the indoor and outdoor units, with no loss of conditioned air through ducts running through small spaces between walls. And of course, we’ll test everything to make sure it’s running at peak efficiency before leaving your home.
Whether you’re ready to upgrade to ductless heating and cooling or just want to discuss your options, feel free to give us a call at (413)-315-5588 to find out what a ductless mini split system can do for your home.