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Are Ductless Air Conditioners Ideal for Phoenix, Arizona Residents?

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Phoenix is unlike most cities across the globe. Because of this, it’s rather difficult to rely on general heating and cooling advice. The winters are mild and rarely below freezing, while the intense heat of the summer presents unique challenges that aren’t always considered. So, when you’re in the market for a new AC system, speaking to an expert is pretty essential. 

While it may be easy to lean on the guidance of a national or even regional company, the knowledge of a local provider is invaluable. Certified professionals that are familiar with the Phoenix climate will always be most equipped to help you determine which cooling system best suits your individual needs.

Understanding AC Systems Without Ductwork.

In the world of cooling, ductless air conditioners are increasing in popularity. This is because their scalability and ease of installation tends to appeal to property owners– amongst other things. But it doesn’t mean they’re always ideal. Just because someone you know loves theirs, doesn’t mean you will. 

Despite recent growing awareness, ductless units have been around for a while now. So in order to help Arizonans better understand them and what they can offer, we thought we’d expand on a few things.

In this article, we’ll discuss why people choose these types of systems, what disadvantages they present and how to know if they’re the right choice to install in your home or business. If you happen to have any questions, feel free to give us a call!

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Why Do People Invest in Ductless AC Units?

Ductless air conditioning is a popular choice for several reasons. For starters, like the name presents, no ductwork offers cheaper and easier installation. Aside from a faster installation process, that takes minimal time and requires less materials, buyers are able to have a cooling system in place rather quickly. 

If you’re hurting for a cooled space, this may appear to be a no-brainer. But simplicity and affordability isn’t the only reason consumers are drawn to this technology.

Other Common Reasons Ductwork Is Avoided.

Ductless air conditioners also feature a much smaller footprint. Due to the constant discussions around global warming, many people like to believe they’re making a difference by installing one. 

The equipment is also a great option for small rooms, add-ons to existing spaces, and for use where ductwork just might not be an option at all. With a ductless system, every zone has its own thermostat, which can lead to more efficient cooling, as well. But sometimes, past experiences force property owners to look into less complex options.

Did you know leaking ductwork can lead to up to 30% heat loss? If installed properly, they can be a great solution that eliminates the insufficiency of previous central AC systems. In turn, many are able to experience better air quality that’s free of collected dust and debris.

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Disadvantages of Ductless Air Conditioners.

Although all of the aforementioned perks may get you excited about ductless air conditioners, there are a few disadvantages worth considering. Despite a modest installation process, the initial investment is rather pricey. 

In fact, ductless systems cost about 30% more than standard central air units and almost double what a traditional wall-mount or window unit would cost. So, before you look for one to buy, it’s important to ask yourself if the return is worth the investment.

Considering Convenience and Scheduled Maintenance.

Another drawback, for some, is that ductless air conditioners are located indoors and easily visible. This can decrease already-small spaces or even create somewhat of an “eyesore” if you’re unaware. 

One thing many buyers don’t realize right away is that these systems require routine draining. In addition to this being a factor in where ductless units are installed, regular maintenance is also a factor that needs your consideration. Many people don’t want to bother with the extra steps and negligence occurs. 

Either way, when you have a professional HVAC technician on your side, many of these disadvantages can easily be avoided.

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Spaces That Fair Poorly With Ductless AC Systems:

  • Large homes with multiple rooms that need to be cooled (and have no other air conditioner currently installed) are not ideal for ductless units.
  • If your property doesn’t possess an area where proper drainage can be installed or space for an outdoor unit, then it may be best to consider another option.
  • If you’re the type of person that doesn’t want unsightly equipment exposed and dangling for everyone to see; then ductless is probably not for you.

In Phoenix, there are ultimately fewer places where this system wouldn’t work than those that would. As long as it’s an efficient solution, there’s room for the system, and you’re ready for the switch, it can be the way to go – even as supplemental cooling.

Ideal Properties for Ductless Air Conditioning.

Conversely, there are several spaces where a ductless system could be exactly what you need. They are great for room additions, basements, living and family rooms, and more. In short, the ideal space for these types of units is anywhere that you need more temperature control or increased efficiency is desired. 

At the end of the day, the primary use of ductless air conditioners is anywhere that ducts are not an option. Even if your central cooling is sufficient, running new ductwork is never an easy, cheap task. Better cooling in our dry, arid climate is never a bad thing.

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Working With an AC Pro Makes a Difference.

If you want to make the most of your air conditioning installation, whether you choose a ductless system or any other type of unit, hiring a trusted professional is always the smart way to go. The last thing you’ll want to deal with is conditional issues and added costs. 

Not only does our local, family owned business know what it takes to stay cool in Arizona, we take pride in helping you select the proper equipment for your home. On top of honesty and integrity, our quality workmanship ensures a proper installation takes place and quality maintenance ensues.  

Whether you hire us or not, a reputable HVAC company, that’s up to speed on ductless air conditioners and certified to do the work, will always help you make a confident decision.

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