If your older house does not have central air conditioning, you may want to find out what options you have for staying cool in the hot summer months. There are several different options you could look into, and one of these is having a central AC system installed. The trouble with this is that if your house doesn't have ductwork, it will be a hassle to get a system installed. An alternative to a central AC is a ductless mini-split AC system.
What is a ductless system?
Without air ducts in a home, installing a central AC system would be completely useless. While you could have an HVAC company install ducts, this is often not the best remedy because ducts take up a lot of space.
With a ductless mini-split system, you can get cool air in your house without having ducts installed. As the name implies, a ductless system does not need ducts, and it is called a mini-split system because it contains two parts.
The first part of the unit is found outside and is called a compressor. This is the part that actually creates the cold air for your house. The second part of the unit is inserted into a wall in your home. This part of the unit allows you to control the temperature, and it is where the cold air flows from. The outdoor compressor can be tied to several indoor units, which is nice because it will allow you to regulate the temperature in your house easier.
What are the benefits of mini-split units?
Mini-split units offer several key benefits, and the main one is that they allow you to cool a house without air ducts. In addition to this, here are three other key benefits:
- They are quiet—The outdoor compressor is where the air is cooled, which means that you will not hear it running while you are inside your house. This beats the sound of a window AC unit, because these can be very loud.
- Control over temperature—If you can install three or four of the indoor units in your home, you will have a lot of control over the temperature in your house. You will be able to turn each one on individually too, and this may help you control spending on cooling costs.
- Easy installation—The third benefit is that these are easy to install and will not take up window space. To put one in, the HVAC contractor will have to cut a small hole in the wall and attach the unit to the outdoor compressor. He or she may need to perform a couple easy electrical steps too, but that is really all it takes to install a ductless AC system in a house.
If you would like to learn more about your options with air conditioning, contact an HVAC company in your area such as MC Mechanical Services Inc.