A ductless AC system uses an outdoor unit and a number of indoor units, unlike the duct system that involves an outdoor unit for each indoor unit. Do you need professional hands for your AC system and fan installation, contact Alpha Electrician Tacoma | Ceiling Fan Installation.
In this article, I will be discussing everything you need to know about ductless AC systems.
How Does A Ductless AC System Work?
A Ductless AC system is a new trending AC system that works in an upgraded manner compared to the duct system. It has been in use around the world for a long time but recently appeared in the USA. It can be used in residential buildings, commercial, and industrial buildings. Unlike the duct AC system, the ductless AC system works in a way whereby there would be an outdoor AC unit and as many as desirable numbers of indoor units. Each one would run independently to give flexible satisfaction. You can decide to hang the indoor unit at the top part of your house’s internal wall or on the ceiling.
There would be a hole drilled where tubing, which involves power, refrigerant, and condensate, would be set to connect the outdoor unit with the indoor units. This AC system proved to provide more security than a window unit. However, ductless AC systems require professionals in the HVAC to perform their installation.
Factors That Determine The Cost Of Ductless System Installation
Generally, the cost to install a ductless AC system ranges from $5000 to $28000. However, for you to ascertain how much your ductless will cost, I have explained the factors that would spell out your installation price below.
1. The number of rooms you want to cool
The number of rooms you intend to cool will determine the number of indoor and outdoor units you will use. For example, if your house has 4 rooms in total, you will need at least an outdoor unit and four indoor units. An outdoor unit can serve a maximum of eight indoor units. Hence, if your house has more than eight rooms to be cooled, more than one outdoor unit is needed. The more the number of rooms, the more AC units you’ll need.
2. The size of the air conditioning system
Size here refers to the amount of heat that can be removed from a room by the air conditioning system in BTUs (British Thermal Units). The more the BTU of your AC system the bigger it is, and the more it is expensive. Also, the larger your room the more heat needed to be removed. For instance, A room that is 400 to 600 square feet, will usually require a 12,000 BTU mini-split. And A room that is 600 to 1000 square feet will usually require an 18,000 BTU mini-split.
3. Other factors
Other factors that determine the price range of the system installation include the efficiency of the system and the contractor you hired. More experienced contractors would likely charge you higher but they are sure not to cut corners and their expertise would be shown in the installation of the system. Also, a more efficient system would cost higher than the lesser efficient one. The efficiency is measured by the system’s SEER, the seasonal energy efficiency ratio determined by dividing the system’s cooling output by its energy consumption.
Disadvantages of Duct-less AC System
The following are the system’s limitations.
- Some people are not in support of seeing the units inside the house.
- A way to drain the unit must be found.
- Since this system is still new in the USA, it can be stressful and difficult to find an HVAC professional to perform the installation.