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Top 6 Benefits of a Split Air Conditioner System

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Since the 1970s homes all over the world have been using central heating and air conditioning units to keep the interior of the home comfortable - not too cold or not too hot. New split air conditioners are beginning to gain traction in the market, as their versatility and cost give them tremendous advantages over a more traditional duct-based system. As you start your search for an HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) upgrade, consider the benefits that a split air conditioner has to offer:

1. Ease Of Installation

To get cold air from the condenser to the desired room, traditional HVAC units require the use of long and expensive ducts.  Each of these ducts is expensive, and their installation increased the total cost of the installation dramatically. A split air conditioner, on the other hand, requires only a small copper tube and some wiring to operate. The in-room units are small, and they are designed in such a way that they blend in with the rest of the room's decor.

2. Hidden Compressors

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Where a traditional A/C unit needs to be near the home to function, a split air conditioner makes use of linking passages that give you more freedom in where you want to put the outdoor compressor. You can hide your compressor on a flat roof, in a corner of the garage or in a storage shed, as long as it is closer than 100 ft. to the home.

3. No Need For Windows

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a ductless mini split installed on the ceiling

The alternative most people use to a central A/C system is a window unit, but they either require you to cut a hole in the wall or give up one of your existing windows for the unit. The interior portions of your split air conditioner can go anywhere in the room.

4. Long-Term Savings

The initial cost of a split air conditioner is higher than a traditional unit; however, the long-term operating costs are considerably lower. Split air conditioners use individual thermostats for each room, allowing you complete control over how cool the room gets, and how much energy you use.

5. Simple Maintenance

You need to do preventative maintenance on your HVAC unit to keep it in working order, and with a split air conditioner, that maintenance is a breeze. Rather than buying new filters every few months, your split air conditioner has filters that are meant to be washed and put back, and then only rarely. You will need to keep the outdoor portion of the unit clean, but their design gives quick and easy access to the interior for a pain-free cleaning.

6. Nearly Silent Operation

One of the biggest complaints about central A/C units is how loud they are. The large motors needed to move the cool air through the ducts and into the home create undue noise that nobody wants to hear. The new split air conditioners are only a fraction as loud. A room unit is quiet enough that you can install it in a baby's room, study or library and not disturb the occupants, while the outdoor portion of the system is barely noticeable, even when you are outside.

You should be prepared to spend about 30-40% more for a split air conditioner over a central A/C unit, but don't let the high initial price tag stop you from making a sound long-term investment. The savings that you will see in your utility bills and from decreased maintenance costs will more than make up the difference in installation price.

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