Ductless ACs Improve Indoor Air Quality and Control Humidity
Your home’s Indoor air quality is often two to five times more polluted than outdoor air, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These pollutants contribute to many diseases as well as respiratory conditions like asthma and allergies.
It Might Be Time to Split
Installing a ductless air conditioner (AC), also known as a mini split, in your Washington home has quite a few benefits over a traditionally ducted air conditioner. Two of these benefits are helping to improve your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ) and to control your home’s humidity.
Ballard Natural Gas is an expert in installing ductless air conditioner systems. Our expert team has seen firsthand the advantages our Seattle area customers experience with these compact powerhouses of cooling.
How a Ductless System Can Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
In traditional heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, your ductwork or air ducts are the means of travel for your conditioned air. Over time, these air ducts collect airborne particles and contaminants, requiring regular professional duct cleaning.
Most Seattle homeowners only have their ducts cleaned once or twice while living in their homes. This leaves a lot of time for particles and debris to build up in between cleanings. Imagine what your ducts look like without ever having a cleaning.
Breathing in these pollutants can definitely aggravate existing respiratory conditions like asthma and allergies. The American Lung Association (ALA) reports poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of infections, lung cancer, and chronic lung diseases.
A ductless air conditioner, as its name states, has no ducts. Because its conduit runs between the outdoor condenser and the indoor unit, there are no ducts involved and no contaminants trapped in the air path’s route.
Ductless Air Conditioner Helps Control Humidity
With a ductless air conditioner, your home’s air is less capable of holding moisture. An air conditioner works by absorbing your home’s heat into the unit’s refrigerant, thereby cooling your home. With a ductless air conditioner, the absorbed moisture is transferred to the unit’s condensate, controlling and reducing your home’s humidity. No more condensation on windows.
Less humidity in your home’s air means less pathogens can exist in it, which can contribute to illness and allergies. Controlling your home’s humidity is actually yet another avenue to improving its indoor air quality.
Improving Indoor Air Quality Is the Answer
While our homes are becoming more and more airtight due to better construction methods, the trapped pollutants and contaminants within are contributing to our overall decline in wellness. The most direct response to this issue is improved indoor air quality.
A ductless air conditioner can be a wonderful way to support indoor air quality’s improvement simply by not having ductwork involved in the process and controlling your home’s humidity.
Ballard Natural Gas Is Your Indoor Air Quality Expert
Contact any one of our highly trained Ballard Natural Gas professionals if you are considering installing a ductless air conditioner—or even if you currently have a ductless system—in your Seattle, WA , home. Call us at 206-784-8101 or request service online to talk about your home’s indoor air quality and humidity control with one of these units.