How to Stay Cool in the Summer without a Central Air Conditioner
Are you considering having a ductless air conditioner installed? Whether it’s because it’s less costly than bringing in new ductwork or because you simply have an older house, it’s important to understand what you’re bringing into your home. Here’s a quick overview of what this kind of air conditioner is made of, and how it works.
A ductless air conditioner functions similarly to how a central air conditioning system works, with the exception of—you guessed it—ductwork. A compressor unit is installed outside of your home on a concrete slab, where it cools refrigerant fluid and pumps it through copper piping into your home. However, the refrigerant does not get fed through your ductwork. Instead, there is an additional unit installed in a central location inside your home, which houses the fan. The fan distributes the cool air evenly through the area where the unit is installed.
So where does the indoor unit go? Well, as you may or may not remember from science class, heat rises, and cold air falls. The unit inside your house will be set up as close to the ceiling as possible so that the natural workings of thermodynamics help you thoroughly distribute the cool air. But that’s not all the indoor unit does. The ductless air conditioner also draws the warm air back through the lines to the outdoor compressor where it can be dispersed, effectively removing the condensation that inevitably builds up inside air conditioners.
One of the biggest benefits that these units offer is that you don’t need to spend unnecessary money or energy having extra wiring installed where the air conditioner goes: the copper piping is drilled through the wall to connect the two separate units, and the electricity required by the indoor unit comes directly from the outdoor unit. You can even have several indoor units in your home, allowing you to cool individual areas independently of each other, and producing a generally better air quality during the hot summer months. This makes having a ductless air conditioner energy efficient and cost-friendly, as opposed to window units or central air.
In short, a ductless air conditioner can make an excellent alternative when other types of air conditioners won’t get the job done. With a thorough understanding of how they work, you can make an informed decision when it comes time to install one in your home.