To keep your home (and you) cool and comfortable throughout the summer, you most likely need air conditioning. If you live in a smaller home, a home with no ductwork, or a rental property, often central AC is not an option. This leaves you with two other options:
Both of these cooling systems offer the following pros and cons that deliver advantages and disadvantages for any homeowner or renter:
This summary of ductless units versus window AC units points out the major advantages and disadvantages of each option. There are other factors to consider, such as window unit portability, but the other pros/cons tend to be less important than the above items.
Ductless mini-split AC units may be ideal for homes that cannot accommodate a central AC system or if you have an affordability issue. In these cases, a ductless cooling system may be the best option for you.
For example, homes without full basements (only crawl space) or built on concrete slab foundations may not accommodate the ductwork necessary for central AC installation. Or, if you have an older central AC system, it could be energy-inefficient, costing you hundreds of dollars more annually than eco-friendly ductless mini-split AC systems.
Although the initial price for a ductless ac unit is far greater than that of a window ac unit, the eventual utility bills and longevity of ductless mini split units are far less. Consider the long-term goals of your purchase and the intended time of use for your air conditioner units before purchasing.
There appear to be no additional cons, except for above-market installation charges. Your research will display typical local market fees for ductless AC installs.
There are no major additional advantages, other than those previously noted. Initial cost remains the most significant advantage of window AC units, as well as the flexibility for those who move often.
Another disadvantage of window units includes the inability to have service plans that offer 24/7 tech repair, along with DIY installation, you might face DIY repairs. Window ACs typically come with a “you break it, you own it” philosophy, regardless of what you paid for your window units.
Ductless AC systems, when central cooling systems are not appropriate for home design or budgetary reasons, are ideal for home use. You will avoid the hassle of installing complex ductwork, avoid the noisy, bulky window units, and, if you choose a company like Petro Home Services, you can rely on them for fast, safe installation by trained, insured, experienced technicians that are the best in the business.
Energy-efficient ductless AC units are quiet (with condensers and compressors installed outside your home), may cool more than one room (depending on the design of your home), and deliver refrigerant through unobtrusive slim copper tubing for long-lasting, trouble-free operation. Your home does not need a basement, attic, or existing ductwork.
Since typical installations include cooling units mounted high on an interior wall (out of the way), small ductless air handlers will “fit in” with any décor, and you also will not have bulky, ugly (how else can we put it?) window units hanging out of your windows. The curb appeal of your home will not be negatively damaged with ductless AC systems, while also losing less than five percent cooling (trapped in your ductwork).
Some home cooling equipment professionals, like Petro, offer financing options so your investment in long-term ductless AC solutions will not hinder the family budget to enjoy the quiet cooling of ductless AC. These financing options eliminate any concerns you have regarding the affordability of outstanding ductless cooling systems.
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