After a long and messy winter, spring has finally arrived in New England, and with it comes a need to assess your air conditioning situation. Most of us are accustomed to traditional centralized models, which cool the air in a single location, then blow it through your home with a series of ducts. But not every home can support such ducts and other factors may prevent you from using a centralized system the way you’d like.
In those situations, the benefits of a ductless air conditioning system should not be discounted. If you’re looking at making a change to your HVAC system this spring, you might think about the advantages ductless cooling can provide.
What Is Ductless Air Conditioning?
Ductless air conditioning systems adopt a decentralized approach to the issue. Instead of cooling the air in one single location and then distributing it through you home, they use multiple smaller air conditioning units. Each unit is responsible for cooling one single room or section of the house, and each one can be adjusted independently of the other units. In most cases, you can control them all from a single central locale, but their ability to be adjusted independently is what makes them so desirable.
What Are the Benefits?
Ductless systems tend to cost more to install than centralized air conditioning systems, since they require more effort. That pays off in a number of benefits, which can help the system pay for itself quite readily over time. They include:
- Some homes simply can’t support a centralized air conditioner. Ducts require properly sized crawlspaces and similar structural features, which don’t always exist in every home. This is especially true here in New England, with older houses built before the advent of air conditioning. Ductless systems solve the problem quite nicely, providing comprehensive cooling power without relying on those pesky ducts.
- Say you’re cooking in the kitchen and the heat from the oven is a bit too much. You’d love to lower the temperature and keep things comfortable while you work. But another family member is watching TV or playing video games in the living room. With a centralized system, one or the other of you would be uncomfortable. But with a ductless system, you can each set the temperature you like without interfering with the other, ensuring that everyone stays comfortable at all times.
- Adjusting the temperature separately is a luxury, but what happens when you turn it off completely? Ductless systems give you the ability to turn off the cool air in parts of the home you aren’t using, while leaving it on in parts of the home you are. That can cut down on your cooling bills tremendously, especially for larger homes that may struggle for comprehensive air conditioning. It also reduces wear and tear on the system as a whole, helping you get the most out of your investment.
If you’re installing a new air conditioner in your Winchester, MA home and want to explore the possibilities of a ductless system, call Cooling Unlimited, Inc. today!