What do you need to know about a ductless HVAC system? Before you buy a ductless air conditioning unit, take a look at the questions to ask the contractor.
Is a Ductless System Right for Your Home?
You have three primary residential AC choices—central air, window units, or a ductless system. Like the name implies, ductless AC systems cool the interior space without the need for air ducts. This option is preferred over central and window units when:
- you have multiple spaces to cool. While a window unit can effectively cool one room, it won't keep your whole home comfortable. Like central AC, a ductless system can cool multiple areas.
- you don't want to cool every interior area. Even though a ductless system can cool every area of your home, it doesn't have to. These systems are ideal for homeowners who want to cool the interior in zones or individual areas.
- you don't want to damage walls. A central AC system may require the contractor to break through walls to install new ductwork. This adds cost, time, and a mess to the job.
If you're still not sure whether a ductless option is the right choice for your home, talk to an HVAC professional. The contractor can help you to understand the alternatives and explore the effectiveness and prices of different systems.
Are Ductless Air Conditioners Energy Efficient?
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, interior cooling accounts for 6% of most American households' energy usage. This totals a collective $11 billion in air conditioner-related costs annually.
If energy efficiency and low cooling costs are important to you, a ductless system:
- can only cool specific spaces. You won't need to waste money cooling your entire home with a ductless system. This type of system allows you to choose which areas you want to cool and which ones you don't.
- offers updated technology. The old AC system or unit in your home may cost you in unnecessary energy bills. A new ductless replacement can increase overall energy efficiency.
- provides customizable options. A one-time and your done setting approach to home cooling can reduce energy efficiency. A new ductless system is easy to customize and may come with programmable or smart-home options.
Different ductless systems have different energy savings potentials. To maximize the energy efficiency of your home and reduce cooling costs, discuss the pros and cons of ductless HVAC systems with local contractors.