With summer just around the corner in Northbridge, it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll keep your home cool. While many people opt for central HVAC systems to cool and heat their homes, there is another great option that the pros at Kahn Air often recommend. That option is the ductless air conditioner. These systems do an excellent job of cooling single rooms without needing to run ductwork through the walls of your home. While there are use cases where ductless air conditioners make a lot of sense, these systems have a few disadvantages that reduce their effectiveness in certain applications. By understanding these potential disadvantages, you can determine whether a ductless air conditioner is right for your home.

Advantage: Targeted Cooling

A ductless air conditioner is only designed to cool the room in which it’s installed. The advantage of this is that you don’t have to worry about wasting cooling capacity by sending cool air to unused rooms in your home. This means you can enjoy exceptional comfort in your home without using more energy than necessary. Plus, since a ductless unit sends the cool air directly into the room without passing through ducts, a ductless unit can often cool a given room more quickly than a central unit.

Disadvantage: Aesthetic Issues

If you’re a stickler for aesthetics, you may not be a major fan of ductless air conditioners. Since the fan, evaporator coil, and controls of a ductless unit must be mounted on a wall, ductless units are more noticeable than a simple vent that branches off a central system. Fortunately, designers of ductless systems understand that their systems will be seen, which is why they go to great lengths to use top-notch industrial design principles when designing the equipment. Furthermore, continued advancements in technology have allowed ductless air conditioners to shrink in size so that they’re much less obtrusive than older wall-mounted units.

Advantage: Fast Installation

Adding air conditioning to your home for the first time can be time-consuming if you must install ducts to carry conditioned air throughout your home. Compared to this lengthy process, Kahn Air can install a ductless unit in your home in less time. Another splendid feature of ductless systems is that you can tie multiple indoor units to the same outdoor unit if you want cooling capabilities in multiple rooms in your home. This means that there will be less equipment to install, thus further increasing the speed of installation.

Disadvantage: Can’t Cool Entire Home

The same characteristic that makes ductless air conditioners great can also make them a bit of a hassle if you don’t know what to expect. Unless you have a small home, a single ductless system won’t be able to cool your entire home. If you’re used to the whole-home cooling capabilities of a central system, this can be inconvenient. This is especially true if you move around your home frequently during the day. To overcome this problem, you can consider installing multiple indoor units further to target the cooling capacity of your ductless system.

Advantage: Energy Efficiency

Due to their small size, ductless systems are exceptionally energy efficient. Although each ductless system has a fan, the fan doesn’t have to be too powerful since it doesn’t have to send the conditioned air through a long system of ducts. These systems are also easy to operate using a provided remote control so that they don’t run longer than they should. A third way that ductless systems offer efficiency is that most ductless systems are also air-source heat pumps that can effectively heat your home in the winter while using truly little energy. With proper maintenance from Kahn Air, you can enjoy year-round comfort without overpaying for electricity.

Your Home Cooling Experts

At Kahn Air, we take pride in the fact that our efforts help our customers stay comfortable. That’s why we offer ductless air conditioner repair, maintenance, and installation. We also provide repair, maintenance, and installation services for central HVAC systems, generator installation, air purification equipment installation and maintenance, and much more. For over 60 years, we’ve been providing quality service to the people of this community. That’s why we’re rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau and we continually receive five-star customer reviews. To learn more about ductless air conditioners, contact us at Kahn Air today.

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