Money-saving options to keep homes cool during summer

Ductless AC is newer technology

INDIANAPOLIS - Summer weather is returning and experts have ideas on how to save on air conditioning costs.

One option is often overlooked when central air, or window units, can’t cool the four corners of a home.

Ductless air conditioning could save homeowners money.

"Not having the ductwork can be a little bit more efficient than a traditional air conditioner because you lose about 20 percent of the efficiency from the ductwork," Angie Hicks of Angie’s List said.

It works by pairing an evaporator on the inside of a home with a condenser on the outside.

Upfront costs can add up to $2,000 per ton of cooling capacity, but according to heating and cooling companies, maintenance is minimal.

"It's very easy as far as homeowner maintenance goes. Basically the main thing that you are going to want to do is keep the filters clean. The front will just pop up like this and then the filters will slide out," Chad Peterman of Peterman Heating, Cooling & Plumbing said.

Since ductless air is a newer technology, Angie's List suggests having someone specifically trained in that type of system install it in a home.

Some ductless systems also provide heat, but homeowners may need to purchase a heat pump separately.

Some models do come with parts to outfit a home for both winter and summer.

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