The options for an AC installation in West Chester, PA are not limited to the standard split system air conditioner. This is the type of air conditioner most people think of when considering ways to cool a home: an outdoor cabinet connected to an indoor unit that blows cooled air into a network of ducts. These central ACs are effective and efficient, but today a homeowner can also opt for a ductless mini split.
A ductless mini split is a type of heat pump (it both cools
and heats) that uses a single outdoor unit connected to multiple smaller units
attached to the walls in rooms. These miniature air handlers blow cooled air straight
into the living spaces, so there is no need for ductwork.
Is a ductless mini split system a good choice for your home?
There are some reasons you may wish to put one high on your comfort shopping
#1 – They’re excellent for older homes
If you live in a vintage house that was built before central
air conditioning became standard, it probably has no ducts. You may have had to
use window air conditioning units for cooling, and these are inconvenient, block
windows, and lack power. But you can throw out those window units with the
installation of a ductless system. You don’t need to add any ductwork to enjoy
cooling in multiple rooms from powerful air handlers—and you have heating for
the winter as well.
#2 – They offer zone control
Unlike standard ducted HVAC systems, ductless systems don’t
need to cool down the whole house at once when they come on. Each room unit can
operate separate from the other units, so only the one in occupied rooms need
to turn on. This is helpful in cutting down energy expenses: there’s no need to
send cooling (or heating) to every room when you only need it in one or two.
#3 – They have high energy efficiency
ACs and heaters with ducts lose energy through the duct
walls. Heat gain during the summer and heat loss during the winter lowers the
efficiency of the system. This is not a problem with ductless systems because
there are no ducts where they can lose or gain heat. The small room units also
have less powerful motors in them that consume less electricity than the big blower
fans of central air conditioners and heaters.
#4 – They are flexible for new construction, remodeling, and add-on rooms
You don’t need to convert your entire house to ductless cooling
and heating if you already have ductwork. Ductless mini splits can work as an addition
to your current HVAC system. If you create an add-on room, remodel parts of the
house, or convert a garage or attic to a living space, you can have a ductless
system installed for the new areas rather than make expensive changes to extend
the existing HVAC system.
#5 – They can improve air quality
Ductwork collects dust, lint, and dander that circulates
through the house each time the blower fan comes on. Ductless mini splits don’t
have a reservoir of air pollutants they spread around the house, and this makes
them a good choice for households with people who have asthma and allergies.
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