When the temperatures start rising outside, most people usually turn on their air conditioning units to keep their homes cool and comfortable. If you don’t have the luxury of a central air conditioning system, there are other options to keep your home cool. Window units are commonly used, but one window unit cannot keep every room at the right temperature. If this is the case in your home, or if you prefer to keep your windows clear, a split air conditioning system is the way to go.
What is a Split Air Conditioning System?
While there may be similarities to a window unit, a split air conditioning system has a few key differences. The hot and cold sides of a split unit are separate. In fact, they are attached in different locations. The cold side, consisting of the expansion valve and the cold coil, is found inside the home or building attached to one of the walls. It is kept in a sleek-looking air handler which blows air through the coil and throughout the room.
The hot (condensation) side is attached to the outside of the home or building. The reason it is kept outside is because it is usually the ‘loud’ side of the unit. This keeps things nice and quiet inside as you normally won’t hear this part of the unit.
Installing a split air conditioning system is fairly simple. Because this type of unit does not require duct work, installation is cost effective. While it may be easy to integrate a split air conditioning system in your home, you will need a professional to install the system. The inside and outside units are attached with wires and tubing, keeping installation minimally invasive, and can be done relatively quickly.
Why Would I Want a Duct Free System?
There can be plenty of benefits from having a duct free system. Duct systems can often have leaks and waste a lot of energy, costing you a lot of money. Also, because they use less energy, going with a split air conditioner is more environmentally sound.
Window Unit or Split Air System?
If you are looking for a way to cool your home, you may be debating between a window unit or installing a split air conditioning system. Window units are significantly cheaper, but a split air system, over time, will save you money in energy bills.
One of the greatest benefits of a split air system over a window unit is the noise level. Window units are loud and can be heard entire time they are running. If you are in the room the unit is in, the noise can be annoying. Split air systems are a lot quieter. With the loud part of the system outside, you won’t have to listen to it running while you are inside your home.
An additional problem with window units is that every room needs its own unit to be cooled. When you opt for a split air system, you get a multi-split system that will cool multiple rooms with just the one outdoor unit. You can also put multiple cooling sides in larger rooms, allowing you to have a more comfortable temperature in your home by using only the single outdoor unit.
When Not to Use a Split Air Conditioning System
Split air systems are great for homes and small buildings, but they may not be the ideal choice for large, multi-level buildings. While a split system can work for large buildings with a huge unit or multiple small units on the roof, there can also be some difficulties using this cooling method on multi-level buildings. Running the pipe between the condenser and the air handler can exceed distance limitations on such large buildings and can also become unmanageable due to the amount of duct work. If your building is too large and has many levels, you may want to find another method of cooling.
The important thing to remember is that you have options when cooling your home. Speak with your local air conditioning experts to find out what may be the best choice for you.
Amanda Peters writes on home improvement, DIY projects and air conditioning for One Hour Air Tampa. You can read more of her tips at the One Hour Air Blog, with specific recommendations on how to save energy and perform DIY maintenance on your own home’s climate control system.What is a "Split" Air Conditioning System? by admin