If your air conditioner is getting old or is starting to show signs of wear and tear, then it might be time to get an upgrade. However, it can be pretty tough to pick out a unit that satisfies all of your needs and doesn't cost a fortune. Thankfully, there are a number of different types out there, so even if a regular central AC system isn't the best choice for you, there might be something that is. To give you a better idea of your choices, here are some of the facts about ductless and packaged terminal air conditioners:
What is a ductless air conditioner?
As the name suggests, a ductless air conditioner does not rely on a ventilation system to function properly. Instead, a ductless unit transports air from room to room via several nodes and a central controller. The nodes are placed in each room that needs cooling, while the control does all of the important functions (like actually cooling the air down). The air is then transported to each node, which simulates the effects of a ventilation system with vents in each room, yet allows you to avoid all the hassle of running and maintaining air ducts throughout your home.
What is a packaged terminal air conditioner?
If you are looking to get an air conditioner for a more commercial setting (especially in the hospitality industry), a packaged terminal air conditioner is one of the best options available. In short, these units allow you to set up a heat pump in each individual room, which will allow the inhabitants to raise and lower the temperature at will. While this can be a little more expensive to run than a regular central AC with ventilation, it gives you the massive advantage of allowing each room to choose its own temperature.
When is a ductless unit ideal?
In situations where you simultaneously can't use ventilation and need to cool multiple rooms at once, a ductless unit can be extremely useful. Your ventilation may be old and worn, which would require fairly expensive maintenance to repair, or you just might not have ventilation and may not be willing to shell out the cash for an installation.
When is a packaged terminal unit ideal?
If you ever need to separately regulate the temperature for a large number of rooms, a PTAC unit is one of the best options available. It also has the benefit of allowing you to heat rooms as well as cool them, which can be very useful in many climates.
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