Everyone likes to come home to a refreshingly cool house in the summertime heat and humidity. While not everyone is fortunate enough to have central air conditioning, many people utilize window units. Still, there are places in your home that are not fit for window air conditioner units. If you’re looking for an unobtrusive way to bring more cool air into your home, a split air conditioner system might be the perfect answer for your temperature-regulating problems.
What is a Split Air Conditioner System?
A split air conditioner consists of two main parts: the outdoor unit and the indoor unit. The outdoor unit is installed on or near the wall outside of the room or space that you wish to cool. The unit houses the compressor, condenser coil and the expansion coil or capillary tubing. The sleek-looking indoor unit contains the cooling coil, a long blower and an air filter.
How is a Split Air Conditioner Different From Other A/C Units?
A split air conditioner does not require major installation work because it does not require ductwork. Rather, the indoor and outdoor units are connected with a set of electrical wires and tubing. This is good for your wallet and the environment. The ductwork required for many traditional A/C units generally increases energy expenditures, as many centralized A/C units lose a lot of energy due to heat exchange in the air duct system. So, without a duct system, there is very little opportunity for heat or energy loss in a split air conditioner system.
Benefits of a Split Air Conditioning System
This kind of air conditioner system has many advantages over traditional air conditioners. Perhaps the most obvious benefit is the quiet performance of a split air conditioner system. The parts of an air conditioner that make the most noise are the compressor and the fan that cools the condenser. In a split system, the compressor and fan for the condenser are located outside of the room being cooled and therefore the majorsources of noise are removed - unlike with window units.
Another benefit of a split air conditioner system is that you can opt for a multi-split system, where you can have more than one indoor unit connected to a single outdoor unit. This makes it easy to cool multiple rooms or maintain the temperature throughout a large room through the use of two indoor cooling units.
A split air conditioner is an efficient and cost-effective way to cool your home. It should be noted that the initial cost of this kind of air conditioning unit is significantly higher than a window unit and it does require professional installation. However, the amount of money you will save on your energy bills as well as the longevity of the unit will make it worth your while in the end.
Author Sirena Rubinoff is a writer based in California. She specializes in budget decorating solutions. AskSirena how to decorate for less.