Keeping the house cool during the summer is a top priority for most homeowners. If you're looking for an alternative to central air or a window unit, you do have another option.
When the summer heat is on, it can e tough to keep your house cool. Most people turn the central air or a window unit to stay comfortable.
A ductless air conditioner can also help, especially in situations where you may not have ductwork, like a sunroom, or in areas where running ductwork is difficult.
Angie Says: A ductless air conditioner can cost about $1,500 to $2,000 per ton of cooling capacity, but you need to remember while those systems are more expensive, not having the ductwork can be a little bit more efficient than a traditional air conditioner because you lose about 20% of the efficiency of the ductwork.
So how does it work? An evaporator is installed in the home and the condenser is placed outside the home. Tubes filled with refrigerant run from the outside unit to the inside unit.
"It's very easy as far as homeowner maintenance goes," says Chad Peterman, a contractor. "Basically the main thing that you are going to want to do is keep the filters clean. The front will just pop up and then the filters will slide out. You have one on each side. Slide these filters out and wash them off under the sink, let them dry and then you are ready to pop them back in."
Ductless air conditioners aren't installed quite the same way as a traditional unit. The technology is still new, so make sure whoever installs your ductless unit knows what they're doing.
Some ductless systems also provide heat. You may need to purchase a separate heat pump, but some models come with heat strips already installed.
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