With summer drawing ever closer in American Fork, it’s important to start thinking about how you’ll keep your home comfortable when the temperature increases. While central air conditioning systems are popular with many area homeowners, a ductless air conditioner is another great option for your home. The best way to understand the benefits of a ductless air conditioner is to better understand how these systems work. Here are a few professional insights on ductless systems from the pros at Gunthers Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing.
Understanding Heat Pumps
Before discussing ductless air conditioners specifically, it’s important to talk about how heat pumps work. This discussion is important because every ductless air conditioner is, at its core, a small air-source heat pump. For this system to work, it pumps refrigerant through a metal tube allowing the refrigerant to absorb heat from your home. The system can then expel this heat outside. The beauty of this setup is that it can work in reverse during the winter, resulting in a highly efficient heating system without any extra equipment.
As the name implies, a ductless air conditioner is not connected to any ducts to send its air throughout your home. Instead, these systems only supply conditioned air to the room where the system is installed. Although this arrangement isn’t as common, it has multiple advantages that the pros at Gunthers Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing love. One of the main advantages is that the room where the system resides will cool down more quickly than it would with a central cooling system. Since the conditioned air doesn’t have to travel through long air ducts to get to its destination, the air can blow into your room with greater force and without raising in temperature along the way. Thus, you can quickly make your home more comfortable even on hot days.
Since ductless air conditioners are self-contained, their controls tend to be simpler than a typical air conditioner. Most systems have a built-in module to receive signals from a remote control that allows you to change modes and adjust the temperature with just the press of a few buttons. This wireless control option means you can adjust the comfort level from anywhere in the room instead of having to get up to adjust the thermostat. If you’d prefer to use a thermostat, many systems also can connect to a thermostat so that you have multiple control options.
Add to an Existing System
In most cases, Gunthers Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing doesn’t recommend ductless systems to augment the cooling capacity of a central air conditioner. The extra energy draw required by a ductless system would negate any advantages you might receive from faster cooling in a particular room. To improve the cooling in your home with a central system, you’ll typically need to redo your current system, installing various zones using either dampers or multiple separate systems to provide more precise control of your home’s comfort. If you already have a central system, you can still use ductless systems in outbuildings or large rooms in your home that don’t have vents. This will ensure that you and your family can stay comfortable anywhere on your property.
If you don’t already have a central air conditioning system, Gunthers Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing recommends considering ductless units to improve your home’s comfort. You can install an indoor unit in multiple rooms in your home and then tie those units together to use only one or two outdoor units. The great thing about this approach is that each person can completely customize the temperature in their room, allowing them to be completely comfortable without any fighting over the thermostat. Plus, since you can turn units off and on individually, you may save money using multiple ductless units compared to the energy you would use for a central air conditioner.
Finding the Right Solution for Your Home
At Gunthers Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing, we want our customers to find the best comfort solutions for their homes. To help with this, we offer air conditioner repair, furnace maintenance, and initial installation consultations. We also install humidifiers, repair ductwork, and install attic fans. Plus, we can take care of plumbing needs, including water heater installation and drain cleaning. For over 110 years, people throughout the area have trusted us with their home comfort needs. Numerous five-star customer reviews back up this long history of service. To learn more about different home comfort options, contact us at Gunthers Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing today.