Are you moving into an older home that doesn’t have a central air conditioner? Or maybe you’re building a new home and need to have central air conditioning installed. One of the biggest expenses will be your air conditioner and the ductwork that may be required. That’s a lot of work and a lot of money, even for one of the least expensive options. There may be a solution you haven’t considered, though. Ductless air conditioners are easier to install and have several other benefits.
If you’ve ever had to have a new installation of a traditional HVAC system, you know that the ductwork takes a lot of time to install. The unit itself is bulky and heavy, making it more difficult to install. Your HVAC technician and team probably spent a lot of time getting your unit running.
Ductless air conditioners still require professional installation, but they take less time and work to install. You’ll be pleasantly surprised when the technician is out of your home more quickly. As a bonus, maintenance is easier than a traditional air conditioning unit, so you’ll experience fewer problems and work overall.
Easy to Use
It never fails. You’re in bed, trying to get comfortable to go to sleep, but the room’s too hot. Maybe you have a programmable thermostat, but you can never anticipate an exceptionally warm night. With a traditional air conditioner, you probably need to get up and adjust the thermostat, potentially cooling everyone else in the house too much.
Many ductless air conditioners give you the flexibility to adjust the air for multiple rooms rather than the entire house. Even better, your ductless air conditioner likely has a remote, so you don’t even need to get out of bed.
Ductless air conditioning units circulate cool air, but they don’t need ductwork to do so. Just eliminating ductwork will leave more usable space in your home, even if that’s space you don’t notice.
The compact size also means that they’re easier to move around. For example, if you have a basement that rarely needs cooling, you can have the unit moved upstairs. If you remodel and want to have the unit moved to a different wall, you can do that, too. It may require additional tubing, but moving the ductless air conditioner is a lot easier than changing ductwork and vents.
Rebates and Credits
There are several benefits to a ductless air conditioner, but one of the best may be the tax credits and rebates. Energy efficiency is huge right now, and both the government and your electric company are pushing energy-efficient appliances.
Check with your tax professional to see what tax deductions and credits are available for Energy Star appliances. Even if there are no tax benefits for the year, there are other ways to save more. Many power companies now offer rebates or deals for upgrading your air conditioning unit.
You can’t control many things about your environment to make yourself and your family more comfortable, but you can look at technological advances to make sure your home is cool for an affordable price. A ductless air conditioning system may be the best way to do that.