Apr 18 2016

Ductless air conditioner systems are one of the latest waves of technology to hit the residential HVAC industry in some time. However, many people ignore their precise control and savings potential simply because of the fallacies about their performance. If you wish to shed the outdated, traditional approach in favor of something new, let’s first debunk some of the myths about ductless air conditioning. The perspective you gain will give you adequate knowledge of whether it’s the right fit for your Bath, Pennsylvania, home.

Ductless Air Conditioner Systems Only Work in New Construction

Perhaps it’s due to the ductless air conditioner’s relatively new emergence in HVAC in the U.S. or just a lack of knowledge about the product, but many consumers falsely believe these systems can only go into new construction. It’s true that a handful of homeowners have seen the benefits of ductless firsthand, and thus, they install them in their new home. This in turn leads to others basing their opinion on pure conjecture.

However, the reality is to the contrary. Ductless air conditioners are actually easily installed in all buildings, whether commercial or residential, and regardless of age. In fact, it’s a great solution to help cool additions to the home or treat rooms that have faulty ductwork or no ductwork. Even in an old home, the transition to ductless is nearly painless, and it requires less labor than a central air conditioner.

Ductless Air Conditioner Systems Have No Energy Loss

Another myth of ductless air conditioner systems is that they completely eliminate energy loss. However, this isn’t entirely true. Minimal energy waste occurs when the refrigerant goes through the copper tubing from the outside compressor into the home. Even with this energy loss, there’s still a huge upside. When compared to traditional air conditioning systems, the energy loss from ductless systems is only a small percentage of the other alternative. Thus, you’ll end up saving energy and money in the long run.

Ductless Air Conditioner Systems Are Noisy

No one’s really sure where this thought came from, but many people think ductless systems are irritatingly noisy. This simply isn’t true. Mitsubishi Electric ductless systems, which are some of the quietest in the business, operate at only 19 to 34 decibels, which is one decibel less than a whisper. In comparison to an air conditioning compressor (88 decibels) or a fan on its highest level (100 decibels), the ductless air conditioner is the most silent choice on the market.

Ductless Air Conditioners Ruin Indoor Air Quality

This myth may have come about because you can’t readily see the filtering system of a ductless air conditioner, whereas the filter on a central air conditioner is easy to locate and sizable. Whatever the reasoning, this just isn’t true. Ductless air conditioners have a highly effective air filter within their plastic housing, albeit a smaller one than central air. What makes the ductless a step above the rest, however, is that it doesn’t run air through ductwork, which is notorious for collecting dirt and contaminants over time. Therefore, your air comes out purer than ever before, drastically improving indoor air quality.

Ductless Air Conditioners Are Unsightly

Unless you’re building a new home, ductless units are an afterthought, which means having them blend with the surrounding decor is a challenge. However, there are several tricks to make them completely inconspicuous. When choosing your installation location, consider putting them above doors and windows, above pieces of furniture such as a bookshelf, or even in cabinetry such as an entertainment unit. If seeing it really bothers you, placing the unit in a recessed portion of the wall is the ideal solution. You can even cover it with a decorative register or match its color to the walls. Creativity is your best friend, and if done correctly, you won’t know the air conditioner is there.

Now that you’ve taken a crash course and found that ductless air conditioners aren’t as bad as you once thought, and have some remarkable advantages, this is the time to start planning for your installation. If you’ve ever been fed up with your current central air or window units and want to make the change, call the pros at Sullivan Oil and Propane at 610-813-6555. Our experts will set you up quickly and affordably, and you’ll bask in the cool air of your new ductless air conditioner system.

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