I always took my home's heating and cooling system for granted. That is until I found myself battling one of the hottest days in years and my air conditioner simply refused to turn on. After contacting my local HVAC contractor, I learned that my cooling coils had frozen over from a lack of maintenance. He did get my AC back up and running that day, but he also helped me to look at my heating and cooling system in a whole new light. I have spent a lot of time over the last few years learning more about how to properly maintain my HVAC system and ultimately lower my energy costs. Today, I would like to share this knowledge with you so that I can help you to avoid some of the costly mistakes I have made in the past.
Window air conditioners work alright if you just want to keep a single room somewhat comfortable, but they're such a nuisance when you have to install them throughout your home. Not to mention, they use a ton of energy! You may assume that because you don't have ducts in your walls and you don't want to knock down walls to install ducts, you are stuck with window units. But thanks to some new and innovative air conditioning options, that's no longer the case. Here are some options for air conditioning in homes without ductwork — and both are far preferable to window units!
Mini-Split Air Conditioners
As the name suggests, this type of air conditioning system splits the cooling effort between two separate appliances. The first appliance will be placed outside your home. It looks pretty much like any other air conditioning unit—it's a big box that will need to sit on a concrete pad. Called the condenser, it removes heat from the air, resulting in cool air. The second portion of the system is called the air handler. It is mounted through your wall with a control panel-like face that sits on the inside of your wall.
The only tubes associated with the ductless mini split system are those that connect the air handler and the condenser, and they are situated outside. You can have multiple air handlers, enabling you to cool various zones of your home independently. The air handlers stay in place year-round; there is no need to remove them as you would window units.
Tube-duct systems, also known as small-duct systems, are not entirely ductless. However, the "ducts" are really plastic tubes about as big around as your pinkie. They can easily be fed through even the smallest of wall spaces without extensive renovations. Your contractor might need to drill a small hole or two at the base of your walls, but this can usually be covered by baseboard—and it's not always even necessary.
The air will be pushed through the small ducts at a high velocity and delivered into your rooms through small vents, about the size of a donut. These vents are also unobtrustive; they can be placed close to your ceiling so they are out of they way. The only other component of the AC system is a compressor that sits outside.
Don't go on living with annoying window units; upgrade to one of these types of systems for greater convenience and efficiency. To learn more, talk to a residential air conditioning company in your area.Share
3 April 2019