As an alternative to central air systems and traditional window units, mini-split or ductless air conditioners are beginning to gain traction. The technology is relatively new and not every manufacturer sells them, but that is liable to change if they continue to grow in popularity.
While ductless AC’s are quieter and less intrusive than window units and can be less expensive and less difficult than installing central air conditioning in a home that does not have ducts, you can be assured, that you will not have to sacrifice cooling capacity if you choose the ductless option.
But is ductless air conditioning a cost-effective option for you?
Cost Advantages And Disadvantages Of Ductless Air Conditioner
On average, ductless air conditioners cost twice as much as traditional window units and about one-third more than a central air conditioner that can be tied into existing duct networks. However, when new ductwork is needed, the central air option is much more costly to purchase and install.
If you live in a 1,000 square foot home, installing a mini-split system will likely cost you somewhere between $2,000 and $5,000 in total, but quotes may be higher if a house’s design makes installation of the system more challenging. As a general rule, if you go the ductless route you should plan to invest an additional $1,000 or so for each additional 500 square feet of home space.
How Ductless Air Conditioning Works
Ductless air conditioning is divided into two sections: the compressor, which sits outside and connects to the inside through a pair of refrigerant lines, and the air handler, which is installed indoors. Larger homes may need more than one handler to get full cooling coverage (which naturally elevates the cost of the system).
Wall-mounted cooling units can be installed in different rooms that need individual cooling. These units can be controlled generally via remote control.
Ductless air conditioning systems carry SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) numbers that tell you how much energy they will consume, and their cooling output is measured in British Thermal Units (BTUs). A few units can blow both heating and cooling, but most of the options currently on the market are air-conditioning only.
Looking For Air Conditioning Solutions? Try Simply The Best
For those who reside in Gilbert or the greater Phoenix area, we’d like you to consider Simply the Best Heating & Cooling for your one-stop destination for all things heating and cooling related.
If you are in the market for a new ductless or conventional air conditioner or heater, contact us today and we will work with you to find the best and most affordable solution. As a part of the assessment process, our representative will discuss the pros and cons of each type of air conditioning system with you, which will help you make the most sensible and economical choice given your specific circumstances.