As summer gets into full swing, more and more people are going to start relying on their air conditioning systems to keep them cool on a daily basis. While most homeowners rely on centralized air conditioning to keep them nice and cool, there are other options available. Ductless air conditioning systems attempt to rectify some of the disadvantages of central air conditioning, and are a great choice for people looking for a more energy efficient cooling option. Let’s take a look at what ductless air conditioning is, and how it can help keep you cool this summer.
What Is Ductless Air Conditioning?
A ductless air conditioning system is exactly what it sounds like: an air conditioner that does not use ducts to distribute air throughout the house. Instead, a ductless air conditioning system uses individual air handlers to cool each room. These air handlers are installed on the walls or ceilings of their respective rooms, with up to four units connected to a single outdoor unit. The air handlers themselves act just like miniature air conditioners, siphoning heat from the rooms’ air and circulating it to cool the space.
There are a number of benefits to using ductless air conditioning. First, you never have to worry about duct leaks. Duct leaks are quite common with central systems, and can cause them to lose as much as 30% of their output during operation. Ductless air conditioning units always deliver 100% of their output directly to the rooms they serve, which makes them more energy efficient.
Ductless air conditioning units also offer you more control over your indoor climate. Each air handler has its own thermostat, allowing you to set different ideal temperatures for each room. This helps compensate for differences in insulation that, with a centralized AC system, may result in hot and cold spots.
If you’d like to know more, call Magnolia Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. We install ductless air conditioning systems throughout Washington, DC.