These days, so many homes have central air conditioning systems that you may not be familiar with other air conditioning options – like the split air conditioning system, for example. This style of air conditioning system is a good choice for many homes in which central air would be difficult or impossible to install. If an HVAC contractor has recommended a split air conditioner system for your home, read on to learn more about what this type of system entails.

How is a split air conditioning system set up?

A split air conditioner is named such because it is split into two components. A condenser unit sits outside the home, and an air handling unit is mounted on the wall in the inside of the home. Unlike central air, which relies on indoor ducts to transport cooled air throughout the home, a split air conditioner uses outdoor pipes or ducts to transport the air between the condenser (where it is cooled) and the air handling unit (where it is blown into the home.)

What are the advantages of a split air conditioner system?

If you do not already have ductwork in your home, installing a split air conditioner will be a lot faster, easier, and less expensive than installing a central air conditioner. This is because your HVAC contractor won't have to run ducts through the walls – a process that can involve a lot of demolition and remodeling. For this reason, split air conditioners are a common choice in older homes with boiler-style heating and in warm climates where only an air conditioning system – and no heating system – is needed.

Split air conditioners are also quieter than central air units, since the compressor, fan, and other loud components are located outside. You can also opt to have several air handling units instead of just one. This allows you to separately control the temperature of different areas of your home. Each air handling unit will have its own thermostat.

Are there any drawbacks to a split air conditioning system?

Some consider the presence of the air handling unit(s) on the wall a drawback. These do take up some space that you could otherwise use for decorations, and they might affect the placement of your furniture. However, if you have to choose between a split air conditioning system and no air conditioning at all, it's likely the comfort of cooled air will outweigh your desire for an obstruction-free wall.

To learn more about split air conditioning systems and how they function, speak with an HVAC contractor, like Universal Enterprises Inc., in your area.