Bryan Ductless AC cools third-floor bedroom in Cape May, NJ

Cape May, NJ is known for its picturesque, historic homes. But, those traditional designs often have a drawback: They’re not always as cool as you’d want them, especially up on the third floor. 

Fortunately, Bryant ductless AC systems can enhance the climate control without ruining the look and feel of an older home. 

In this case study, we’ll look at the all-too-familiar problem of a third-story room that’s never quite cool enough in the summer – or warm enough in the winter. 

Then, we’ll see how a single-zone mini-split solved the problem.

Problem: A third-floor bedroom in this Cape May, NJ house were always too hot in the summer, even with central air. 

Solution: Added a Bryant mini-split system in the bedroom. The ductless AC cools the room separately from the rest of the house. 


How to Cool That One Room

Our homeowner had wrestled with the temperature in the third-floor bedroom for a while. Sure, the central air was hooked up to reach it. But, the thermostat was two floors below it. 

The rooms down there would cool properly, and then the system would turn off. But, the upstairs wasn’t quite as cool. The third floor, especially, was still too hot. 

Having a ceiling fan didn’t cut it. The best our homeowner could do was use a window air conditioner. But, it was a real hassle to clean off, and then lug up three flights of stairs each year. 

And, once it was in, it made a lot of noise and blocked out what little sunlight made it from the room’s one window. 

That’s not to mention how much it added the electric bill each summer. 

Then, our homeowner heard about ductless systems. These could cool just one room without the noise, and expense, of a window unit. 

Learning About Ductless Mini-Splits

Our homeowner reached out Celtic Air for a free consultation. After reading our testimonials and seeing all our five-star reviews, he was confident we could get the job done. 

We inspected his home and answered all his questions about how ductless works and if it would work in this house. We also helped him choose the right model and walked him through the installation process. 

Finally, we connected him to rebate opportunities. This way, he saved some money upfront, while his electric bill came in lower once he was using it. 

How a single-zone ductless AC works

So, how does a Bryant ductless AC deliver on all these promises? Well, the trick is that it delivers the power of a central unit without using ductwork. That way, we can install it just about anywhere. 

These are called mini-splits because the system has two components. First, there’s the heat pump outside. It handles most of the heat transfer process (more on that in a moment).

Inside is the air handler. That’s the part you see in the room. It’s responsible for drawing in warm air and then re-circulating cool, dehumidified air. 

All you need to connect these is a line that runs refrigerant back and forth between the heat pump and air handler in a closed loop. Inside the house, that line bundles together neatly with a power line and condensation drain from the air handler. 

Altogether, the line set is just a few inches in diameter. It usually fits neatly behind the handler in the wall, where you never see it. 


The Heat Transfer Process

So, how does it all work? Let’s get back to that “heat transfer” thing. 

What happens is: The air handler draws in warm air from the room. The heat transfers to the refrigerant liquid, which travels in a closed loop between the handler and the heat pump. 

When it reaches the outdoor pump, that component releases the heat outside. That leaves cool, dehumidified air for the handler to re-circulate.

Now, let’s look at what that means for this third-floor bedroom. 

Installing Ductless AC in Cape May, NJ

Now that our homeowner was comfortable with a ductless system, it was time to choose a model and determine the best way to install it in his third-floor bedroom. 

Since it was just one room, our homeowner didn’t need the most powerful models available. And, he settled on a model that also provides some heating. 

The same heat transfer process that cools the room also works in reverse: The heat pump draws whatever warmth there is outside in the winter. Then, it amplifies that thermal energy and sends it inside. 

This way, the room gets a little extra heat in the wintertime, too. While other models can handle even sub-zero temperatures, our homeowner just needed a little something to get him through the shoulder seasons. 

Really, the biggest challenge was determining where exactly to place the air handler in the room. But, even that wasn’t much of a problem.

Placing the Equipment

Our homeowner opted for a high-wall unit. We can place these up near the ceiling, and usually in a corner. 

In this case, we placed it near the side of the house, rather than in the front of the room. 

That made it easy to run the line set through the wall and down the side of the house. We even found a casing that matched the color of the house’s siding. That way, it’s barely noticeable. 

The best thing about the air handlers is that they’re whisper-quiet. Even in a small room like this, it’s almost impossible to hear a sound out of them. 

And, the outdoor heat pump is just as quiet. We installed it on the side of the house, just below the air handler. It’s smaller than a traditional outdoor AC condenser, so it stays out of the way. 

Saving Money With a Bryant Mini Split System

  • Use less energy than traditional AC
  • Are customizable and circulate the air better
  • Qualify for clean energy rebates

Installing a mini-split system can be a big investment, but it saves you money in the long run. That’s because these systems:


Mini-Splits Use Less Electricity

Like traditional air conditioners, Bryant mini splits use electricity. But, they use much less of it

The systems use variable refrigerant flow through inverter compressors. In English, that means it doesn’t always run at full capacity. There’s also a low-power mode that maintains the temperature. 

Compare that to an old window AC that just stays on all the time unless you manually turn it off. Or, central air that kicks on and off a few times every hour when the temperature drops. 

Better Air Circulation

Air circulation is important. The quicker the room cools, the less energy it takes to do it. The air handlers on this system do a better job of moving that air around than older air conditioners. 

This way, the room cools quicker than with other systems. That means the air handler can switch to that low-power mode quickly. 

NJ Clean Energy Rebates for Ductless

In the Garden State, homeowners can get discounts on energy-efficient appliances. The Bryant mini-split in this Cape May home qualified for a rebate from NJ Clean Energy, and we made sure our homeowner knew hot to apply for it. 

As a result, he got $500 off the cost of his installation. 

Now, his third-floor bedroom is finally the right temperature all summer – and in the winter, too. 

Does your home have that one room that’s never cool enough in the summer? Contact Celtic Air for a free consultation. We’ll let you know if a ductless system is right for your home.