Ductless AC receives a lot of hype. We hear about its benefits all the time, but is it really as good as it seems? What are the caveats that maybe people aren’t mentioning enough? Today, we’re going to talk about that and break it all down so you know whether or not getting ductless AC in Conway is a good idea for your home.
Ductless AC Is Cheap to Run and Pricey to Install
One of the main benefits of going ductless is the rapid installation time compared to more complex units. Since there’s no ductwork to run, and no old ductwork to inspect, repair, or replace, the installation time is very quick in comparison.
But before you jump for joy, it’s important to know that since these machines are a little more complex than central AC cabinets, they’re still expensive to purchase in the first place. In the grand scheme of things, these are cheaper to run continuously, which helps offset the upfront cost.
It’s cheaper to run a ductless unit than central AC, and when you think about the fact that those benefits appear every single time your AC cycles, you save money daily compared to running central AC. That’s a 10-15 year commitment to spending less on your utility bills.
Ductless Is Flexible, But it May Be Too Flexible for Your Needs
The great thing about ductless is that you can install and use multiple handlers to create different zones in your home. Maybe you want the bedroom to be a cool, crisp 68° F when you go to sleep, but the living room doesn’t need to be anything lower than 72° F for you to be comfortable during the day.
Now you don’t have to cool your entire home based on the room where you want the lowest temperature. Instead, you can set one handler to a specific temperature and let it cool one room or area of your house without worry.
But let’s be clear–is that something that you could see yourself benefitting from, or does it just sound nice to have options? Depending on your home size, family size, and expected usage, this might be overkill and not a net positive to your current setup.
You Get Better Air Quality
With a central air conditioner, you have a huge air filter you have to remember to change once every 30-90 days. If you don’t, it drastically impacts how your system operates, and the same happens with ductless.
But the difference is that you don’t have large disposable filters to change out with ductless units–you have a small permanent filter that you can clean and put back in place. This not only gives you better control over your indoor air quality, but with multiple handlers, you have greater levels of air quality control.
Ductless is Worth it in the End
While there are pros and cons to consider, you won’t find a single type of HVAC unit that doesn’t have ups and downs. The fact of the matter is, ductless is an upgrade for almost every type of home, even though there is a higher cost associated with installation and replacements. If you’re ready to make the jump to ductless today, give us a call and we’ll get you started on that path.
Contact Dewees HVAC today to schedule your ductless air conditioning installation as soon as possible.