Ductless mini-split air conditioning systems are becoming more and more popular as people search for energy-efficient solutions to improve the cooling in their homes. There is a lot of information out there about these systems, and as with anything, it’s not all as reliable as it could be. To help you get a better idea of what these systems offer and whether they’re right for your cooling needs, we’re going to discuss some of the most common myths and the truths behind them here.
Ductless Units are an Eyesore
One of the biggest complaints people have about these systems is that the wall units are anything but discreet. That is true, to a certain degree, but modern systems are quite discreet and able to be installed in a way that they’re not detracting from the design of the room. Plus, they’re quiet in terms of operation, so after some time, most homeowners completely forget that they’re in the room until they need to adjust the temperature or the direction of the airflow.
Ductless Systems are Only for Apartments or Rentals
This is also not true. While they are more common in small spaces and older buildings that are difficult to retrofit for central air, they can be installed in any home, including one that you own. Several people are starting to see the advantages of this over central air, making it worth the extra up-front cost. As more homeowners look for better solutions to cooling their homes, the eco-friendly benefits of these systems are becoming a huge selling point.
While you will see these systems in smaller spaces or older buildings, you could just as easily see them in new construction and residential homes that are bigger than the average apartment.
Ductless Systems Cost More
This one is a bit tricky, because there are two sides to the discussion, depending on how you finish that sentence (Ductless systems cost more… to install? Than central air?). Ductless mini-split air conditioning will typically cost a bit more to install in your home—about 30% more than central air, to be exact. However, that also gets you a return of 30% in energy savings by not losing air through ducts, as well as long-term energy savings and replacement costs because mini-split systems are designed for years of reliable use.
With monthly maintenance and filter changes, you won’t have to do a lot to keep these systems in prime operating condition. Plus, over time, you’ll actually get a return on your investment, which is harder to get from today’s central air units.
The Bottom Line
These are just some insights to show you just how much there is to learn about ductless mini-split air conditioning and the features that it offers for your home. If you thought you knew about these systems before and any of this was news to you, it might be time to talk to your heating and cooling specialist about the ideal solution for your needs. A ductless mini-split can be a great upgrade, as you’ve seen, for several reasons.