3 More Common FAQs About Ductless Air Conditioners
We weren’t really going to just leave you with 3 FAQs about ductless air conditioners. Here are 3 more questions that we get asked all the time.
How much do ductless air conditioners cost?
There are so many variables involved in the selection and installation of ductless air conditioners in a home that it’s not as easy as buying something off the shelf at a pharmacy. Variable such as these can drastically affect the price of the unit that would be the perfect fit for your home or space:
- The square footage of your home or space is one of the most important things to consider. A unit needs to be suited to cooling the area you need it for, otherwise it will cost you more to operate if it’s too big or too small.
- The efficiency of a model that might be perfect for your space can really affect the price too. As ductless air conditioners become more efficient, they have a larger up front cost.
- If your home or space need multiple indoor units or even multiple outdoor units, the cost will drastically change.
- The installation cost can change depending on the type of space, home, or business where the unit will be installed.
- Some ductless air conditioners, called heat pumps, also provide heating for colder months of the year. These units are typically more expensive than ductless air conditioners that provide just straight cooling.
- Many ductless air conditioners, depending on the manufacturer or where you live, are eligible for government or manufacturer rebates.
Why are ductless air conditioners more efficient than central air systems?
The short answer is ductwork. The installation and purchase cost of a duct system for your home, regardless of how big it is, can be as much as 30% more than the cost of simply installing ductless air conditioners. Central air conditioners also cooling entire homes, which means they’re constantly cooling spaces and rooms that aren’t in use. Ductless air conditioners are much more targeted with their cooling, so energy isn’t wasted.
What does a SEER number mean?
SEER stands for seasonal energy efficiency rating. It’s a measure of how much cooling power you get versus the energy used. The higher the number the better, and in Canada the legal minimum SEER for ductless air conditioners is 13, however they can reach as high as 26 or 27 with current technology.
You may also have seen EER numbers. This stands for energy efficiency rating, and are not generally used anymore as they don’t factor in the seasonal adjustment. The EER number for an AC is generally slightly less than the SEER number, but again it’s not important.