Ductless Air Conditioning in Westchester County, NY
Most air conditioning systems in Westchester County are central air systems, but ductless air conditioning systems can provide a great alternative for Westchester homeowners. Some homeowners have an older house without existing ductwork or a home that isn’t a right fit for central air. In addition, your home may simply be too large or uniquely designed for a central air conditioning system to make sense. In these situations, a ductless mini-split system is the perfect solution for you!
How Does Ductless Air Conditioning Work?
Rather than the single unit of a central air conditioning system, a ductless air conditioning system, contains several blower units, usually one in each room or section of your home. These are small units mounted on the wall or ceiling that each have their own thermostat controls. Central air consists of an outdoor unit that provides refrigerant to a central air handler which then blows the cool air throughout the house using a network of ducts. In a ductless air conditioning system, the outdoor unit provides refrigerant through a series of small tubes directly into the unit placed in each room.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Ductless Air Conditioning
You may be wondering what the advantage of ductless air conditioning is over the more standard central air conditioning system found in most homes. If you have an older home that doesn’t already have ductwork installed the cost savings of a ductless mini-split system can make a huge difference. Some older homes use a radiator system for heating and therefore do not have an existing ductwork system for carrying conditioned air.
In addition to the savings cost on installation, you can also see a huge reduction in energy use which translates to money saved for you. With ductless systems, each unit operates like its own miniature air handler and delivers cold air into the room or area of your home only when it is needed. Each unit can be turned on or off independently and have its temperature adjusted according to need. That means you can turn off the air to a room that isn’t being used or adjust the temperature down on a room that is in the sun all day.
Another reason a ductless system will save you money on energy costs is the lack of ductwork. Since air doesn’t have the travel through ductwork, there is no air lost in the basement or walls in your home. Often, ductwork that has leaks can undermine the efficiency of your system causing your energy costs to skyrocket and putting a strain on your air conditioner. Up to 30% of cooling can be lost in ductwork that is leaky or poorly insulated.
Luckily, the experts at Carey and Walsh have decades of experience in creating and installing custom ductwork and you will not have this problem with us. But if you have existing poor installed ductwork from a previous system, a ductless system could be just the perfect upgrade for you.
One of the only disadvantages of a ductless system is that the units are a bit more visible than the vents at the ends of ducts for a central air conditioning system. Although they can be placed high on your walls and out of the line of sight, some Westchester homeowners may not be comfortable with a unit on the wall of every room. In this case, a central air conditioning system may be the better option.
Ductless Air Conditioning Installation in Westchester County
Every home in Westchester County is different, so some homeowners may need a central air conditioning system and others may need a ductless air conditioning system. At Carey and Walsh, we can inspect your home, taking into account every detail including size, existing ductwork, previous system, sunlight, home layout, and much more. We’ll let you know which system we recommend and get to work on designing a customized system to perfectly fit your home’s needs. We offer a full array of ductless mini-split systems as well as central air systems so you can rest assured that you’ll be getting the perfect system for you. If a ductless system turns out to be the one for you, Carey and Walsh can install it, as well as maintain and repair it as necessary throughout the years. Contact Carey and Walsh today to get an estimate and get on your way to making your home perfectly comfortable!