Are you at a point where it’s time to replace your air conditioner? Have you seen some of the new air conditioning systems designed to reduce energy consumption while maintaining a cool home? Ductless air conditioners have increased dramatically in the last decade, even though Mitsubishi created them in the late 1950s. Fortunately, modern updates have reduced the overhead expenses, and ductless AC is more affordable than ever. Which system is best for your home, your budget, and your cooling needs? R&D Heating and Air is here to help you understand how to choose the right system for your home.
Initially, people always want to know the price of a ductless AC or a traditional central air conditioner. Which one should you choose? If you opt for price alone, a standard central air conditioner is usually priced lower than a ductless one. What we recommend you consider is the cost over time as you look at both options. Ductless mini-splits cost less to operate, and they require less maintenance from a standard air conditioner. Also, ductless AC systems do not use as much energy to operate, saving homeowners hundreds of dollars yearly on energy bills.
Central air conditioners and ductless AC systems work differently and require different installations to work correctly. If you do not have air ducts in your home, additional costs and work are needed to allow a central air conditioner to push air throughout the home. Ductless air conditioners are easier to install as they are installed on the wall in strategic locations to provide effective cooling. An outdoor compressor is used to provide refrigerant to the unit, which is installed through the home’s walls.
Keeping control over the temperature in the home is important to most homeowners. It’s awful when the upstairs is several degrees warmer from the lower levels of the home. When you have a warmer upstairs, it can place additional stress on the central air conditioner to cool this area, which can then keep cooling the rest of the home, leaving your basement or lower levels frigid just to enjoy a cooler upstairs! Ductless AC units will focus on controlling the temperature in individual rooms. This means you can keep the rooms you do not use warmer, allowing you to save money on your home’s energy bills.
How long with the air conditioner last? Long-term efficiency is vital when determining which system is right for your home. Central air conditioners normally last 12-15 years, but some can last longer. Ductless AC systems can last 20 years or longer and are more efficient. Call our office to discuss air conditioner replacement and determine if ductless AC or traditional AC units are best for your needs.
Air conditioners are an important part of owning a home. No matter where you are located in Utah, you will end up dealing with heat several months out of the year. Let R&D Heating and Air keep your home cool and comfortable with modern air conditioning solutions!