Ceiling mounted air conditioning systems, also called mini splits, are a ductless, space saving alternatives to central, window and portable units. Although popularity of mini splits continues to grow, the majority of people are just not aware that technicians can install and optimize these air conditioners in residential dwellings. Furthermore, air conditioning owners may not even fully understand the benefits of making the switch to these highly effective cooling devices. Here are four reasons to start using ceiling mounted air conditioning systems today.
Incredible Heat Pump Efficiency
Mini split air conditioning systems use a heat pump to turn hot air pulled from the home into cool, refreshing airflow. Hot air circulates through modern homes starting at the ground floor and pooling in the attic. Since home insulation slows, not fully prevents, heat flow, the attic also tends to rise in temperature as sunlight beams down from above.
By placing the air conditioner in the attic, the heat pump can continually pull the hot air out of the home to keep temperatures from rising. In addition to negating the high attic temperature levels, the system sends frigid air flowing through the living space to maintain the set temperature range. Air conditioners positioned on the floor, in the windows or outdoors cannot reduce hot air flowing through the home in a meaningful way, like ceiling mounted units can.
Easy Unit Upsizing
Ceiling mounted air conditioning systems easily upgrade to accommodate changes in personal needs. For example, as families grow, homeowners may decide to expand their home size by having an addition built. The addition increases demand on all HVAC systems throughout the home, including the air conditioning unit. By using a ductless air conditioning option, it is possible to quickly and easily increase the size of the main unit to improve cooling efficiency throughout the house. The vent size will often remain the same, no matter the size of the air conditioning system mounted above the ceiling surface.
Frees Up Useable Window Space
Although portable and window mounted units also offer easy upgrade options, their need to dominate the windows in the home can feel like quite a bother. Moving these air conditioner units often takes incredible effort due to their mounting hardware and heavy weight. Furthermore, homeowners must find somewhere to store the unit when it's not in use.
By having the mini splits installed, homeowners never need to think about moving or storing the air conditioner system. The ceiling mounted design simply stays out of sight whether it's used daily or not at all. Homeowners retain instant, easy access to all of the windows in the home without worry.
Removes The Need For Ducts
Since mini splits send cool air flowing out of a single vent, there's no need for clean ductwork running through the ceilings and walls. Instead, the system puts out enough cool air to drop temperatures in the space determined by the square footage rating of the unit. Most homeowners select a unit that can cool their entire home through that single vent. Without the need for ducts, homeowners do not need to worry about cleaning or repairs on those components, which cuts yearly maintenance costs on cooling as far down as possible.
Finding A Suitable Location
Technicians need to inspect the living space and attic inside the home to find a suitable mounting position of the mini splits air conditioning device. Technicians will map out the wiring and line routes, exhaust port location, power supply source and clearance to find an ideal mounting point in the attic. Technicians also need to make sure the mounting point sits adjacent to an ideal ceiling vent location pointing into the home. Homeowners can chime in with their preference for the thermostat control location, as this device can be wired as close to or far from the main unit as needed. Technicians may even hook the mini split controls to the HVAC thermostat controls if that unit supports linked operation.
Check out companies like Cape Fear Air Conditioning & Heating Co., Inc. to make sure that, should your air conditioner break, it will be easily accessible for repair.