Choosing Ductless Air Conditioning Units

With summertime once again upon us, many people are analyzing their options for air conditioning. Some people are fortunate enough to work in an air conditioned office or have central air conditioning installed in their home. Even if your home doesn’t have A/C, there are still options available that are affordable and practical.

In existing construction, installing a conventional central HVAC system is often not practicable because of the time and expense in installing ducts. Most units use forced air to move the warmed and cooled air throughout the living space. However, ductless air conditioning units do not require ducts. A ductless air conditioner simply consists of a wall mounted indoor unit which cools the air in the living space, and an outdoor unit that mounts outside the home. The outdoor unit may mount on a pad or sometimes on the rooftop.

The outdoor portion of ductless air conditioners contain the air conditioning compressor, refrigerant reservoir, and a fan. They reject the heat absorbed from the living space to the outside ambient air. The indoor unit contains the condenser, and absorbs heat from the air in the living space. The ductless system is normally quite a bit less expensive to install in existing construction, since only refrigerant lines and control wiring need to be run between the indoor and outdoor units. There is no expensive or cumbersome ductwork to install and keep clean. Still, not all ductless air conditioning units are built the same. It is important to do a little research before you purchase a unit. Ductless air conditioning review write ups from other consumers can be very useful when making your decision. The Amvent Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioning System has received some good consumer reviews.

At the end of the season, some homeowners use air conditioner covers to protect the indoor and outdoor units. On the outdoor unit, the covers keep leaves, bugs, large insects and other foreign objects from entering the unit. On the indoor unit, a quality cover keeps dust and hair off the evaporator, so that when it is first switched on again in the spring it doesn’t emit a large dust cloud. Also, some people feel the covers hide the unsightly mechanical parts of the unit when they are not in use.