Before you know it, the weather will turn warm again in Brooklyn, and it’s not too soon to think about the state of your air conditioning. If you’re considering a ductless mini-split air conditioner, your Brooklyn air conditioning experts at Petri Plumbing & Heating know all of the ins and outs of this type of equipment.
Brooklyn has a lot of old masonry and stone buildings that were built before air conditioning was commonplace. If your home is heated with a boiler and hot water or steam radiators, you don’t have ducts that can be used for air conditioning. Trying to install ductwork in a home that doesn’t have it can be a long and expensive process and the result is often unattractive. Ductless mini-splits are perfect for this kind of application.
In the old days, if you didn’t have ductwork, your only options for air conditioning were a window unit or a through-the-wall unit. Ductless mini-split AC solve this air conditioning problem in an elegant and energy-efficient way.
Ductless mini-splits have an outdoor unit, just like any other type of air conditioner, that can be mounted on the ground or attached to the side of the building. The outdoor unit is often attached to the side of the building on apartment buildings, or they can also go on the roof. Refrigerant and electrical lines from the outdoor unit need a 3-inch hole in the wall to attach to the indoor unit that’s mounted on the wall. Each outdoor unit can feed as many as four indoor units in four different rooms.
Manufacturers of ductless mini-splits have worked hard to make the indoor units as attractive and unobtrusive as possible. Because the compressor is outside, the only sound you’ll hear is the indoor fan. You won’t even have to get up out of your chair to change the temperature because all indoor units from all manufacturers come with remote controls. The energy efficiency levels for ductless mini-splits are out of sight — they’re often way more efficient than more “conventional” air conditioners — making them easy on your summer electric bill. Many ductless mini-split systems come in heat pump models, so you can also use them for winter heating.
Ductless mini-split air conditioners are the right choice for many Brooklyn homes. Call us to see if they are right for you! At Petri Plumbing & Heating, we’re dedicated to keeping you and your family comfortable.