Answering Some Questions About a Split-System Air Conditioner

If your home needs an air conditioner, note that a central unit, meaning one that is connected to the ductwork of the home, is not your only choice. If you're on a strict budget or have a smaller home that doesn't need that much cooling, or if you have a larger home and want more control over how the air conditioner operates, consider some questions about a split-system air conditioner, and then you can make the best choice for your home.

Will split systems be cool enough?

A split system is not connected to ducts and vents; it blows cool air through a front panel. This may make a split system less powerful when it comes to the actual space it can cover with cool air, but the air itself is typically as cool as what is blown from a central unit. Most split systems will also have a temperature control on the front panel, so you can increase or decrease the cooling capacity, as needed.

Do split systems leak?

A split system unit will need a ventilation or condensation tube that runs from the panel to the outside of your home, and the unit will house a compressor that compresses refrigerant, making it cold. This doesn't mean you should be overly worried about leaks, however; as long as you choose a high-quality unit, the hosing, hose, and other parts should be very solid. It's also good to have the split systems maintained regularly, usually every year or as often as recommended by the manufacturer so a repairperson can note if any part of the unit is showing signs of damage and potential leaks.

Why have a split system installed when a window or portable unit is so much easier?

It is true that split systems should be installed by a professional; however, a window unit can allow in air if it's not sealed in the window properly, and it also cuts off your view. There is also the risk of the unit falling out of the window, causing property damage and potential injury. A portable unit can be very loud, since the compressor is not hidden behind a wall, as with a split system unit. It also needs a window for its ventilation hose, so it's not an option for rooms with no windows or with windows that don't open, such as a basement. A portable unit is also downright unsightly! A split system is also typically more powerful than these portable units, so it can cool a larger space than a window or portable unit.