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According to estimates from Energy Saver, about 75 percent of American homes have air conditioners.

But although air conditioners can boost comfort in homes, especially during the summer season, these account for about six percent of the total amount of electricity produced in the country or an equivalent of $29 billion.

And if you are currently using a central air conditioning system in your home, your energy consumption can silently increase through energy losses in the ductwork.

In order to prevent energy losses, you can either follow these tips or, better yet, make the switch to ductless air conditioning.

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What is a ductless air conditioner?

Ductless air conditioners are widely used in residential, commercial, and even institutional buildings.

These air conditioners are popularly used in multi-family homes and as retrofit add-ons for homes with non-ducted heating systems.

These are also ideal for apartments and for room additions where it is not possible to install additional ductwork.

How do Mini-split AC systems work?

Like a central air conditioning system, a mini-split AC is comprised of two components: an indoor air-handling unit and an outdoor compressor or condenser. It also has a conduit that connects the indoor unit to the outdoor unit.

Mini-split AC system are designed to cool one room or zone in a home. This type of ductless air conditioning also eliminates the use of ducts which can account for a substantial amount of cool air lost through leaks.

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Central air conditioners and their ductless counterparts function essentially the same way. Both use refrigerants and condenser coils to remove hot air from the home and replace it with cool air.

Mini-split air conditioners are easy to install and simply require a small hole in the wall for the conduit. This conduit contains a power cable, communication cables, a copper tubing, and a condensation drain line.

Why make the switch to Mini-split AC?

Ductless ACs offer a few advantages over central air con systems:

  • Increased efficiency

Mini-split systems are more energy-efficient compared to central air conditioner systems. The absence of ducts means no energy is lost.

  • Easy to install

Because mini-split ACs do not require complex ductwork, these can be installed quicker.

  • Flexibility

Multiple indoor units can be connected to just one outdoor unit.

  • Creation of zones

Each zone has its own thermostat. That means that the room you are currently occupying will be conditioned. This translates to more savings and efficient use of energy.

  • Inconspicuous

The outdoor unit can be placed as far as 50 feet away from the indoor unit. You can place the outdoor unit in an inconspicuous place in your home.

  • Design flexibility

The indoor units are small and can be hung out of a window or wall, suspended on a ceiling, or mounted flush from a drop ceiling. The pipes can be coursed through the walls. These translate to greater design flexibility inside your home.

Most indoor units are small and housed in a sleek jacket.

  • Quiet comfort

Compared to central AC systems, mini-split air conditioners are quiet, making these ideal for the bedroom.

  • Eco-friendly

Most mini-split ACs use R410A which is an eco-friendly refrigerant.

  • Security boost

Because the indoor units can be mounted on the wall, you’ll be able to eliminate unpleasant views inside your home while improving security.

  • Functions as a heating unit

The system can double as a heater during winter which means more value for your investment.

When should you consider going to ductless air conditioning?

Ductless air conditioners are not recommended for all homes. However, there are a few specific situations wherein these air conditioners are the better option. These include:

  • Room additions
  • Old homes without ductwork
  • When there is little space in the home
  • When ducts are difficult to install
  • When replacing window or room air conditioners.

Tailored solutions

We understand that a new air conditioning system is a big investment on your part. It is a decision that should not be taken lightly. The choice that you make today will dictate not only the comfort inside your home. More importantly, your choice will affect your expenses over the long term.

But making that choice is not easy. With the sheer amount of choices and information available, it is easy to be overwhelmed. Allow us to help you and eliminate the guesswork.

Here at Ventwerx, we can help you in making the right decision that allows you to boost overall comfort while taking into account your home’s unique features, your needs, and your available budget.

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Start by filling out our free estimate form.

After that, you will receive an estimate the following day which you should review. When you’re ready, our HVAC pros get to work.

We use a proven strategy to tailor a solution based on your preferences, lifestyle, budget, and the size and layout of your home.

Schedule your appointment online or call Ventwerx at (408) 422-2987 for more information.