LESLIE: Kent in New Jersey is getting ready for the warm weather with an air conditioning question. What can we do for you?
Ductless Air Conditioners
KENT: Yeah, hi. Thanks for taking my call. I’m looking at split-system air conditioners; the ductless air conditioners. I’ve just – I have window units now; looking to replace them. They’re noisy and bulky and annoying. I’m wondering about any positives, negatives, shortcomings with it and really concerned about noise.
TOM: Well, I’ll tell you this: I’m sitting under one right now and I’m in a radio studio.
LESLIE: (overlapping voices) And you can’t even tell.
KENT: Wow, that’s great.
TOM: And I tell you what: they’re very quiet compared to window units. They don’t vibrate and rattle like window units do. They’re good supplemental units. I don’t know that I would buy several of them, do an entire house; but in the case of this studio, where the central air conditioning is is so far from this particular studio that we’re using that it always gets a little bit hot in here so we put a split-system in to sort of supplemental the central. So this is a good application for it as well.
And I’ve been very happy with it. It’s a Fujitsu system and there are other great manufacturers out there. I’d make sure that you get one that’s Energy Star-rated. You know they’re a little pricy compared to window units but they …
LESLIE: (overlapping voices) Yeah, but they work so fantastically well.
TOM: Yeah, they work really well.
LESLIE: And what you see on the inside is such, you know, a low-profile feature. You barely notice where it is in the wall and then, of course, the compressor is outside; the condensing unit. So it’s like that’s all outside and you don’t see it.
TOM: That’s why it’s so much quieter.
KENT: Alright, appreciate it.
TOM: Kent, thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.