Summer is just around the corner. Here in the Pacific Northwest, air conditioning used to be a nice-to-have, but not a necessity. However, following the heat waves of the past several summers, air conditioners have changed from nice-to-haves to must-haves. Check out this New York Times article about the wilting aversion to air conditioners in the PNW (hint: we’re mentioned!).
Being Proactive Pays Off
Thinking about installing an air conditioner in your home or apartment before the temperatures start to rise? Now’s a perfect time to start the process. All too often, homeowners wait until the heatwave hits before they start considering installing a cooling system. By that time, local installers are often overloaded with requests, and customers may have to wait days (and depending on the scope of the project, weeks) in the heat waiting to get their system installed. With that said, be proactive!
Weigh Your Options
If you’re in the market for an air conditioner, you’re probably wondering which type is best. There are lots of different types out there, from temporary window units to central AC to ductless systems. But what is ductless and why should it be considered for your home or office?
Pros of Ductless
Though central AC is go-to option for many home owners, ductless is a rising star of available cooling options due to its ability to meet a multitude of climate control scenarios. Below, we’re outlining the many pros of going ductless.
According to our in-house experts, there are actually countless benefits to using ductless technology. However, we asked them to narrow it down to the top 5. Here’s what they said.
Benefit #1: Zoning
You’re in Control
Simply speaking, with zoning, you can decide which areas get cooled and which areas don’t. With a non-ductless cooling system, you’re cooling an entire home. This can be inefficient—and at times, wasteful.
If you’re cooling areas that don’t need to be cooled, you’re wasting resources and hiking up your energy bill. And, as we know, energy and cost are huge deterrents of air conditioning. So why not save on both?
Program for Comfort
With a ductless system, you can create a zoning system, controlling the temperature of specific areas in your home. This allows you to program and control the temperature for each area, which ultimately improves comfortability and efficiency.
Benefit #2: Inverter Technology
Heating and Cooling
With a mini-split ductless system, you’re getting both a heating and a cooling system. With this, you’re able to use your heating and cooling system year-round, maximizing your purchase; a 2-in-1 upgrade.
No Backup Needed
One benefit of mini-split ductless systems is the use of inverter technology. With inverter technology, you don’t need any backup heat strips, as you do for regular heat pumps. Ductless can operate at very low temperatures without the need for backup components.
With inverter technology, you’re also able to achieve the desired temperature much more quickly, with minimal temperature fluctuations. By minimizing these spikes in voltage, inverter technology is easier on your system, which extends the lifetime of your system’s parts and makes it less vulnerable to breakdowns.
Benefit #3: Extra Quiet
Ever had to turn on the A/C and then couldn’t hear that movie you were watching? Yep; air conditioners are notoriously noisy. However, with a ductless system, the major parts of the unit are placed in the exterior of your home, and air comes out of the side of the outdoor unit, rather than the top. This makes ductless air conditioning extra quiet.
Benefit #4: No Ductwork Necessary!
With ductless systems, you don’t need any ductwork under or through the house. When people install ductwork under the house, there can be excess moisture or smells. However, with ductless, you don’t have to worry about any of that baggage.
Smooth, Fast Operation
Because you don’t have to do any ducting, this also makes installation of a ductless system faster and less disruptive. No demolition or tearing down walls means less upheaval and a quicker path to comfort.
Benefit #5: Flexible Placement
With a ductless system, as compared to traditional air conditioners, you have a lot more options in terms of placement. For example, you can attach the unit to the second story of the house, if you’d like.
How Can We Help?
If you’d like to set up a time to chat about your heating and cooling needs, we’re just a phone call away! Reach out to us to schedule a consultation and installation. Happy summer, and stay cool out there!