Heating & Air Conditioning
Calgary Air Conditioning: The Pros and Cons of Ductless AC
Ductless air conditioning units are wall mounted systems that cool the ambient air inside your home by circulating it indoors. They differ from central air conditioning units in that they do not take outside air and circulate air through your home’s duct work, the air is simply circulated and filtered within the unit, which is embedded in a wall.
Before you consider buying a ductless air conditioning system, you need to ensure it is the right system for your home. Here are some tips that can help you make your decision:
Consider the age of your home
Newer houses are a lot more air tight and have good insulation. Normally, houses are kept closed, which creates the problem of air exchange, especially during the winter and summer. This problem is solved by having HVAC systems that exchange air from the outside of the home. Since ductless air conditioners don’t work this way, it is important that you open up a window on every floor of your home for about an hour per day to exchange air from the outside. If not, it could be a health hazard.
Older homes have less problems, as they are not normally so air tight. The risks of creating a health hazard in your home in this case are much lower.
Ductless units can save you money
Ductless systems have a lot of benefits that make them a desirable choice of air conditioning system. The fact is, most ductless units are also equipped with a heat coil. This means it’s possible to warm a space on chilly mornings or evenings without having to run the main heating system. This could translate into huge savings especially in spring or fall, and especially for large homes with large heating systems.
Also, Ductless AC systems are individual units that can be controlled for each area they cover and shut down when not in use for extended periods of time.
For an older home, especially with room extensions or enclosed porches, ductless air conditioning units are a great idea. They might cost more up front, but they can save you money in the long run.
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