Ductless Air Conditioners Improve Indoor Air Quality & Control Humidity
Indoor air quality, or IAQ, is more than ten times (and, in some instances, more than 100 times) more polluted than the air outside, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These pollutants contribute to many diseases as well as respiratory conditions like asthma and allergies.
Installing a ductless air conditioner (AC), also known as a mini split, in your Culpeper home has quite a few benefits over a traditionally ducted air conditioner. Two such benefits are helping to improve your home’s indoor air quality and to control your home’s humidity. Able Heating & Air is an expert in installing ductless air conditioners. Call us at 540-718-7556, and we can talk about your home’s IAQ and humidity control with one of these units.
In traditional HVAC systems, ductwork is the means of travel for the air used during the process. Over time, these air ducts collect airborne particles and contaminants throughout, requiring regular professional duct cleaning. The majority of people only have their ducts cleaned once or twice during the time they’re living in their home. This leaves a lot of time in between cleanings (or no cleanings) with the particles building up. Breathing in all these particles aggravates already-existing conditions like asthma and allergies, not to mention the respiratory issues that can begin this way, along with spreading any illnesses lingering around your home.
With a ductless air conditioner, as its name states, there are no ducts. Because the conduit just runs between the outdoor condenser and the indoor unit, there are no ducts involved and no contaminants trapped in the air path’s route. Also, ductless systems typically offer a multistage filtration that decreases air particulates such as bacteria, dust, allergens, and pollen. Some models eliminate up to up to 99.9 percent of bacteria and viruses for improved air quality. The happy result is high IAQ for you in your home.
Because of the way a ductless air conditioner works, with the contained refrigerant absorbing the indoor-air’s heat thereby reducing the temperature, the air becomes less capable of holding moisture. The moisture that remains is transferred to the unit’s condensate. This process allows your home’s humidity to be controlled and reduced. No more condensation on windows. Additionally, the less humidity in a home’s air, the less pathogens that can exist in it, contributing to illness and allergies. Controlling your home’s humidity is actually yet another avenue to improving its IAQ.
While our homes are becoming more and more airtight due to improved construction methods, the trapped pollutants and contaminants within are contributing to our overall wellness. The most direct response to this issue is improved indoor air quality. A ductless air conditioner can be a wonderful way to support IAQ’s improvement simply via not having ductwork involved in the process and controlling your home’s humidity.