Most homes in the area rely on traditional centralized air conditioners, which cool the air in a single location, then blow it through your home via the ducts. It’s comparatively simple and quite effective. Unfortunately, it’s not always the right choice for every home. If a centralized air conditioner won’t work in yours, you might want to look into other options.
Among those we recommend are ductless mini split systems, a form of comprehensive air conditioner that eliminates the need for ducts. The system tends to cost more to install than centralized systems, but the benefits it can reap over time are substantial. How does it all work and what are the advantages of a ductless air conditioning system? Read on for the answers.
Centralized air conditioners use one single unit to blow air through your home. Ductless systems divide that load between multiple smaller units, each spaced in a different room or section and charged with cooling that space alone. Such units can have their settings adjusted independently of each other, allowing you to set different temperatures in different parts of the house.
That provides the first big advantages ductless systems have: it’s right there in their title. A ductless system eliminates the need for ducts, which can solve a big problem in homes without the room between their walls or in their crawlspaces for ductwork.
But the real benefits of ductless air conditioning involve a way to genuinely save a lot of money on your air conditioning bills.
The immediate benefit of those adjustable settings is that they allow you to set different temperatures to suit the different tastes of family members. Say you’re cooking dinner over a hot stove, and you want the air turned up to compensate for the heat. But another family member is in the study and is perfectly happy with the temperature a little warmer. With a centralized system, one of you is going to have to compromise. But ductless systems let you both set the temperature you want without having to squabble over the thermostat setting.
Take that principle to its logical extreme, however, and the real benefits of such a system become apparent. By turning off the air in parts of the home you aren’t using – such as second-floor bedrooms, which are rarely used during the day but often some of the warmest parts of the house – you can save a great deal of money on high air conditioning bills. And yet you won’t skimp on comfort, since you can still run the air conditioning in parts of the home you are using.
Ductless air conditioners work well in many homes, but large homes in particular benefit from them, as do hospices, modified apartments and other homes with multiple occupants.
If ductless air conditioning systems sound like a good fit for your Denver, CO home, or you already have such a system and it needs a little maintenance, call the friendly professionals at Bell Plumbing and Heating today!