There are many benefits of installing a ductless AC system in your home, ranging from cost savings to efficiency.
However, before you make this decision, it’s important that you understand exactly what you’re getting into. While there aren’t any major drawbacks associated with the installation of ductless AC, there are some things you need to think about.
1. Cost of the System
When you compare the cost of a ductless AC system to central air you’re likely to find that it’s higher. However, there’s something to remember: that doesn’t include ductwork.
So, while you’ll spend about $1,500 to $2,000 per ton (12,000 Btu per hour) of cooling capacity for ductless AC, a central AC condenser unit is likely to be less.[i]
Here’s the catch: if your home doesn’t have ductwork installed, you’ll need this before your central AC system can operate. Not only does running ducts through your home cost a lot of money, but it’ll cause quite a bit of damage to walls, floors, and ceilings (which you have to pay to repair).
This is one of those things that you need to get used to. At first, you may not like the idea that indoor air handler units are located in plain sight. However, once you consider all your options, you can find a place in each room that makes sense.
As for the outdoor unit, this is similar in size and appearance to a central AC condenser. The only difference is that you need a place to drain condensate water.
3. It Takes Skill to Install
Since you don’t have to install ductwork, it’s easy to believe you can do the job yourself. However, once you learn more about the intricacies, you’ll come to find that it’s easier said than done.
For example, your installer must choose the right size system to ensure that it can efficiently cool your entire home. Installing an oversized unit wastes energy and costs you money. Conversely, an undersized unit will leave you hot and wondering what went wrong.
Just the same, it’s not always easy to find a qualified installer. While there are many companies that install central AC systems, most shy away from ductless systems since they don’t understand the installation process.
As you can see, none of these potential drawbacks are worth losing sleep over. As long as you have the right installation team on your side, you should be able to deal with each and every one of these according to your needs.
At New England Ductless, we have a long-standing reputation as one of the top ductless AC installation and maintenance companies in the Boston area.
If you have questions about this type of system or concerns about the above drawbacks, contact us for more information and professional guidance. We’ll put your mind at ease, all while providing you with the details you need to make an informed and confident decision.