Ductless AC

Ductless AC repair in The Woodlands, TX

Ductless air conditioning systems are extremely effective in many ways, but they have their own qualities that should be considered when pondering a purchase. First off, the aspect that everybody will immediately see is that a much more noticeable device hangs on the wall in your home, so if the aesthetic of the home is a weighing factor, it is probably better to consider the installation of a central system. Also, if you already have existing ductwork in your home, it is most likely a cheaper option to stay with a central or ducted air conditioner than to pay for the installation of an entirely new type of system, unless the existing ductwork is severely aged or damaged. Additionally, the general consensus is that ductless systems are quieter than central AC systems, so if noise is an important factor in your decision, a ductless system could be considered. The size of the home is another important factor when deciding what kind of system for installation. Ductless systems typically just do not have enough power to be efficient in a home that is much larger than 2500 square feet and the cost of installing multiple ductless devices in the home will surpass that of installing a regular central system. In the case of the home being less than 2000 square feet and an installation of a fresh system being needed, ductless is likely the best option to choose.

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A ductless AC, also known as a mini-split, is an option for cooling rooms like bedrooms and offices. Ductless ACs are sometimes confused with window units, but they differ in that they do not require a separate exterior return air vent. Instead, the unit has two external vents that exhaust hot air from the room. They can be installed in your ceiling or mounted next to a wall near an adjacent window. The Woodlands AC Repair has the experience and skillset to correctly mount and install ductless AC for both residential homes and commercial offices.

How much does ductless AC installation cost?

The cost of installation can range from $2000 to $5000 or more, depending on the efficacy rating for a given device, but even some of the highest-rated devices can leap to $7000 or even exceed that amount, so it is best to be completely educated about all aspects before making a final decision. The cost of hiring an HVAC Contractor to install a ductless AC system will depend on the size, complexity, and type of installation. The cost of installing a ductless air conditioner through your attic could depend upon if you also need new insulation and carpentry work to complete the project. Some factors that affect costs include: where in your home it is being installed (attic or crawl space), whether the installation takes place indoors or outdoors, how many indoor units you’ll require, electrical needs, and so forth. Whether you want the standard or a higher-quality device, our technicians can evaluate your home and current setup or current layout and can suggest or help to decide what would be more suitable so that you and your family can live comfortably as soon as possible.

Installing a ductless AC system is fairly straightforward. The first step is to install an outdoor unit close to the ductless system’s indoor unit. The location should be as level as possible and in a shaded area, but it cannot be covered with shrubs or other obstructions that might block the airflow from the fan on the outdoor unit. Also, avoid locating it near combustible materials that may be around the area. This is why we recommend contacting one of our HVAC professionals to provide expert guidance on how to properly install ductless AC units for residential and commercial homes. Contact us today!

How to maintain your AC unit

It’s important to have your ductless AC serviced at least once a year. Some of the most common problems with these units are corrosion on the copper coils, carbon monoxide gas leaks, or faulty thermostats. A good cleaning each year will help keep your unit running efficiently. In order to prolong the life of a ductless AC, it is important to keep the indoor coils clean and well-maintained. This can be done by blowing them off with a compressed air foam cleaner or vacuuming them out with a vacuum cleaner that has been fitted with a brush attachment. Check for leaks from time to time. Modern units have dipsticks that allow you to drain water without shutting down the motor, so keep an eye on the unit and it should last for quite some time. A difference in the outside and inside temperatures will cause it to work harder, meaning more energy utilization and higher electric bills. The trade-off between this kind of system and a traditional one, such as window units, is that it is quiet while running, with minimal external noise. And lastly, Regularly check and clean filters. Changing the air filter is one of the most important things to do as it removes particulate as well as dirt and lint that can be drawn into your blower, then circulate to other parts of your HVAC equipment that and eventually cause damage. A dirty filter clogs fan blades and restricts airflow, making your system work much harder to cool, heat, or dehumidify properly.

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