When summer really gets going here in Brooklyn, there’s one thing you can expect to see: lots of window unit air conditioners.
Why do so many people use window units here? It’s because 75% of the buildings in New York City were built before 1960, when central air conditioning really started to take off. Many homes just aren’t designed for central AC, so people get by with window units.
But today, there’s a third option. A ductless mini-split AC could be the answer for your Brooklyn cooling needs. Here’s what you need to know.
As the name implies, a ductless mini-split doesn’t use ductwork to move air to vents around your home. That requires space above the ceilings, below the floors and inside the walls, space many Brooklyn homes just don’t have.
A ductless mini-split uses one, small hole in an outside wall to reach a compact outdoor condenser unit. The mini-split itself is mounted on the wall, blending in with the home’s décor. It is operated with a remote control and can produce both heating and air conditioning.
The answer is, “It depends.” If you already have ductwork in your home, it makes sense to stick with a traditional HVAC system. However, if you’re renovating a home or adding onto a home, ductless may be the way to go.
If you have specific zones or rooms in your home that never seem to get warm enough or cool enough, a ductless mini-split in those areas can give your existing HVAC a boost. An upstairs bedroom, for example, might get hotter than the rest of the home in the summer. A mini-split in that room can make it much more comfortable.
If you’re ready to free yourself from the stress of installing your window AC unit every summer, Petri Plumbing & Heating can help. Our cooling experts can recommend the solution that best fits your needs. Just call us at (718) 748-1254 or contact us online today.