If live in a house that does not have the air ducts in place for a residential AC installation, a split system air conditioner may be a good option. A split system air conditioner means that the condenser is separated from the indoor unit, so you are able to provide air conditioning without installing air ducts inside the house. Here is some basic information about split system air conditioners and the process of a residential installation.
How Split System Air Conditioners Work
A split system air conditioner has at least one unit that sits in the room that you providing cool air to and the compressor is placed outside in a convenient location, either on the ground or attached to the walls in a group. There are several models to choose from and each model comes with unique features, including multiple indoor units and a single compressor. Stand-alone units are typically designed to blow hot and cold air directly into a room, instead of through air ducts that are installed in the walls and ceilings for standard residential AC installations.
Choosing the Size
Prior to the residential AC installation of a split system air conditioner, it's important to determine the number of indoor units that you will need to effectively cool the interior space. Central air conditioning units will supply cool air throughout the entire space through the air ducts, and a window unit will generally only provide cool air to the room that it is installed in. Unlike a window air conditioner, a split system air conditioner uses only one condenser, but it can be connected to several indoor units in order to provide cool air to several rooms.
Installing a Split System Air Conditioning System
Although an experienced DIY person may be able to install a split system air conditioner, it is recommended that you contact a residential AC installations provider. An experience air conditioning provider will be able to come to your home, measure the square footage of the house, and recommend the appropriate number of indoor units to effectively cool the house. Once they have determined how many units you will need, the air conditioning provider can also do the installation for you.
Whether you own a rental property or are leasing your home, a split system air conditioner is a great option for homes that don't have the necessary air ducts for a traditional air conditioning system. The systems can usually be easily removed should you move out of the rental property, and if you are the landlord, you can leave the system in place for several years.