There aren't many things more frustrating than an air conditioning that refuses to run. A hot, muggy home can make your space incredibly uncomfortable, which is why I have always focused on maintaining my air conditioning system. Unfortunately, I still run into problems from time to time and I am sure that all of you do, which is one of the reasons I decided to build this website. Check out these posts for more information about keeping your system working beautifully, even if you aren't naturally good at fixing things. You never know, making the right changes could dramatically improve your summertime experience.
Air conditioners first became available for purchase all the way back in 1932. The high cost was prohibitive for many people, so it took quite some time for them to become widespread. However, you might be living in a home that predates the introduction of air conditioning. During all these subsequent decades, you (as well as the previous inhabitants of the property) chose not to install AC. Maybe you feel that now's the time to make a different choice since you can't face another summer without AC. But how can you install an effective unit without extensively modifying your wonderful old home?
Many forms of HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) require extensive installation, involving the opening of walls and ceiling cavities to place the necessary ductwork. Even standard split system air conditioners require a sizable modification to the wall where it will be mounted, allowing ducts to connect the internal and external sections of the unit.
Older, Historic Homes
The potentially intrusive nature of effective HVAC installation may be a dealbreaker when you live in an older home since you want to preserve its character. Newer homes often have HVAC configured into their initial design. However, your home may even be classified as a historic property, meaning any changes must be made with caution. Fortunately, there's a way for you to enjoy the benefits of air conditioning without any major changes to your home's structure.
Ductless and Miniature
A ductless miniature split system air conditioner is the answer. This resembles a typical split-system air conditioning unit, even if on a smaller scale. This isn't to suggest that a ductless miniature split system air conditioner lacks power, although it may not be an appropriate option for larger spaces, and if you want to cool multiple rooms at once, you'll have to install multiple indoor units all powered by the same outside inverter unit.
Tubing and Cabling
The unit is called ductless because, unsurprisingly, it lacks ducts. The only component of the unit that must pass through the wall where it's mounted is its refrigerant tubing—not much thicker than electrical cabling. This makes installation simple too, and any local contractor who offers HVAC services can handle the task.
So when you want the convenience of AC without the inconvenience of a lot of installation that changes the character of your older home, it's best to go ductless and to go miniature.
Contact a local HVAC service to learn more.