ANGIE'S LIST: Keeping cool with ductless air conditioners - – Rockford’s News Leader

ANGIE'S LIST: Keeping cool with ductless air conditioners


When it's hot outside, keeping your house cool is a harder task. While most people use fans and central air, another option may be more efficient in the long run.

"A ductless air conditioner can cost about $1500 to $2000 per ton of cooling, but you need to remember that while these are more expensive, not having the duct work can be a little bit more efficient even than a traditional air conditioner," Angie Hicks says.

In fact, standard air conditioners usually lose 20% efficiency because of duct work. Since some rooms can't support duct work, like sun rooms and attics, a ductless system may be the answer. HVAC contractor, Chad Peterman, says it's easy to install and maintain.

"The main thing you're going to want to do is keep the filters clean," says Chad Peterman. "The filters, the front, will just pop up, and then the filters will slide out just like that. We've got one on each side. You slide these filters out. Wash them out under the sink. Let them dry, and then you're ready to pop them back in."

This system runs to a unit outside of your home. Keeping both units cleaned will bump up efficiency, and in the end, will make the higher pay out worth it.

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