Most homes in the greater Calgary area already have a forced-air system, which makes it easy to add ductless mini splits, whether you need to supplement central A/C or you need a low-cost alternative to central cooling.
Supplementing existing cooling
If you already have central air conditioning, extending ductwork to a new space, like a remodeled room over your garage or an addition on the back of your home, is a costly endeavor.
Ductless mini splits are an effective solution because they don’t require ductwork. Individual air handlers can be installed in your new spaces and connected to a single outdoor unit through a central conduit. The means you can add cooling at a marginal cost compared to the costs of adding ductwork.
In addition, if you were to extend central A/C, you’d probably need a new A/C in order to meet the higher cooling load of your home.
Alternative to central A/C
Adding central A/C may also be cost prohibitive for some homeowners. Ductless mini splits can be used to provide cooling to just a few spaces within your home, allowing you to add up to four indoor air handlers, with most units cooling to up to 111 square metres.
Mini splits also offer a higher degree of efficiency. Ducted systems are susceptible to energy losses through duct leaks, decreasing the overall efficiency potential that a central air conditioner can offer.
Ductless mini splits offer additional benefits, too:
- Energy savings – You can control each air handler individually, which allows you to shut off an air handler when a room isn’t in use, saving energy. Most systems come with remote control, allowing you to easily adjust the systems’ output, too.
- Comfort – With a central A/C, you’re restricted to one home temperature. Each air handler with a ductless mini split, however, can be individually adjusted. In that way, you can increase the temperature in areas that require more cooling, without affecting comfort in other areas.
To find out more about ductless mini splits, in greater Calgary, contact Arpi’s Industries today!
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