Of all of the modern options for home cooling, the ductless air conditioner has proven to be one of the most efficient for many types of properties. If you have settled on a ductless AC for your home, knowing what to expect is important. Unlike traditional units, these air conditioners tend to be simpler to install. However, a few unique concerns come into play during the installation process. Therefore, asking specific questions before the installation can be a good idea. Here is a look at just a few questions to ask the air conditioning service professionals as you prepare to have your new ductless AC installed.
Will your home need more than one ductless unit?
Ductless air conditioners do not have ducts to carry cooled air throughout the house. If your home does not have an open floorplan, it can be difficult for one unit to cool the entire house. Commonly, homeowners will have multiple ductless units installed to ensure efficient cooling. What you have in the end is essentially a zoned air conditioning system. Zoned systems allow you to keep different parts of the house at unique temperatures because they operate independently of one another.
Do you need to prepare a place for the exterior part of the AC?
Ductless mini-split air conditioners consist of interior and exterior units. While the interior unit is most often mounted to the wall, the exterior unit will need a sturdy place to be seated. If you live on a sloped piece of land or you don't have the most stable spots, you may have to prepare an area before the air conditioning installation process.
For example, you may need to install a small concrete slab or level an area and install a bit of gravel. While the AC installer can handle these situations on your behalf, having the area prepared ahead of time can simplify and shorten the installation process.
Will the air conditioning installation be reliant on the weather?
Since a ductless AC is installed on a wall, the installer will need to cut a hole into the wall that will lead to the exterior unit. Installers commonly prefer to do these installations during dry weather to avoid the potential of water collection in the opening during installation. Ask if this will be the case for your air conditioning installation process so you will know what to expect if you have installation scheduled and rain moves through your area.
To learn more about air conditioning installation, contact a local HVAC contractor.