You're looking for a handy way to keep your living space cool and comfortable during the hot summer months. But the thought of adding a big, bulky central AC unit to your home is not exactly appealing.
How exactly can you cool down in the most hassle-free manner possible? The answer to this question can be summed up in three words: ductless air conditioner.
As you explore this increasingly popular cooling option, you may be wondering what a ductless mini-split air conditioner is. Also, how do these units, also known as mini-splits, work? And what are their benefits for a new building project or upgrade?
Here's a rundown on everything you need to know about a ductless room air conditioner this year.
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How Does a Ductless System Work?
Ductless split air conditioners are have been used in Europe, Japan, and other areas of Asia for more than 50 years. However, they are new to the United States market.
The combination of environmental concerns and increasing energy costs have brought these systems to the forefront in America. However, many homeowners with residential HVAC systems still are unaware of all of their benefits. That's because a ductless air conditioner is not like your typical central AC system.
A central system features an outdoor condenser/compressor unit as well as an indoor air-handling/ evaporator unit. The indoor unit distributes cool air via ductwork in your crawlspace, closet, or attic.
The ducts work by pushing and pulling air to your central unit. There, the air is cooled and delivered to rooms throughout your home via a vent system.
However, a ductless system is directly installed into your home's wall. The condenser/compressor part is placed on your home's outside wall or as far away as 50 feet. Meanwhile, the indoor unit is installed on your interior wall.
The outside part is connected to your indoor components through small tubing. Then, cool air enters your home through your indoor unit.
That's because your interior unit features fans that distribute air. It takes in hot air via its top area. Then, it emits cool air through the vents at the bottom of the unit.
You operate your ductless system using a control panel that is located on your interior unit. Note that some of these interior units come with remote controllers.
The components inside of your ductless system interior unit operate similarly to the components of a heat pump system with ducts. However, the main difference is that a ductless system requires no ductwork. Instead, it relies on the interior wall unit for distributing air.
With a ductless air conditioning system, you can have as many as eight-room units work with one exterior condenser/compressor unit. In addition, you will have an individual indoor unit placed in every room.
In this way, all of your rooms will be able to handle their individual cooling needs.
You may be worried that your mini-splits won't be capable of properly cooling your home. After all, your indoor units might appear small.
However, each of your units will be cooling only one room, not the entire house. As a result, the process of cooling your house will be far easier.
Also, keep in mind that you will have to select the proper BTU, or British Thermal Unit, capacity for each room. A larger room will generally need more BTUs an hour.
A reputable mini-split hvac contractor can help you to choose systems with the right BTUs for your home's rooms based on their measurements.
How Can a Ductless Room Air Conditioner Benefit You?
Ductless air conditioners are a bit pricier than their ducted AC counterparts. However, the fact that you don't have to worry about installing ductwork makes up for this higher cost.
Likewise, because ductless systems feature no ductwork, your long-term maintenance costs will be lower compared with a ducted system.
The greater energy efficiency of ductless air conditioners also helps to offset the higher price tags that these systems often come with.
A ductless system doesn't lose cold or hot air as a result of duct leakage. Thus, the majority of systems are an average of 20-30% more efficient than central AC systems are.
In fact, many ductless systems have SEER ratings as high as 30 SEER. This is more than double the SEER rating of a typical system.
Additional Benefits of Ductless Systems
Yet another reason to choose a ductless air conditioner is that installing it is quick since it involves no ductwork installation. On top of this, ductless systems weightless and therefore are generally easier to handle.
Mini-split systems also offer the advantage of featuring high-level heating capabilities, not just cooling capabilities. That's because the mini-split heat pump is becoming more common. As a result, you can enjoy both cooling and heating from a single system.
Homeowners and business owners needing commercial hvac are also turning to ductless air conditioners due to their unique versatility.
Furthermore, you can install a mini-split system in various orientations according to your house's configuration. For instance, if a horizontal wall-mounted system won't work for you, you can still choose a ceiling or floor configuration based on your needs.
Why Choose a Ductless Split Air Conditioner
With a ductless air conditioner, you actually reduce the amount of stress you place on your system. That's because, as we mentioned earlier, you don't have to worry about losing air through your ductwork.
The reality is, systems with ducts are known for being quite inefficient. For example, the air that has been cooled can be lost to a crawlspace or attic that is unconditioned. You may also lose air through leaky ductwork.
When you lose air, this puts extra stress on the electrical system and HVAC components, as they have to compensate for this loss. However, because ductless systems don't have distribution components, you won't face this issue.
A ductless air conditioner also offers a higher level of comfort control.
With several indoor units, you can provide cooling in various zones of your home. This allows you to save energy and improve your comfort levels. After all, you can micro-manage every part of the house for its particular use or for each family member's preference.
You simply can't do this with a central air conditioner unit. That's because a central system measures temperatures based on a single thermostat's readings.
Homeowners also embrace the fact that ductless air conditioners operate relatively quietly. Interior ductless components don't produce the noise that central systems do with their interior blowers and exterior fans/compressors.
All in all, a ductless air conditioner is a particularly smart choice if you are building a house from ground zero or retrofitting a home. However, it's also a top-tier option for an older home that doesn't have enough space for ductwork.
This type of system is also a great option for any homeowner or business owner seeking to be more eco-conscious long term.
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We take pride in the fact that we have around 50 trucks that can rapidly respond to urgent HVAC situations.
Perhaps you need your current air conditioning system to be repaired. Or, maybe you need a brand-new furnace, central air conditioning system, or ductless air conditioner. Maybe you simply need general maintenance help to keep an existing HVAC system operating well every year.
No matter what your needs may be, our HVAC contractors have you covered.
Our vision is to offer you top-of-the-line customer service that will leave you feeling satisfied every time. We'll tackle your needs quickly and accurately. And we'll always display integrity and excellence when working with you.
Our mission is to do more than just meet our customers' expectations. Rather, we will always strive to exceed your expectations.
In addition, we can assure you that we will consistently operate based on high-level ethical standards.
For instance, we will remain honest about our diagnoses and pricing. In addition, only professionally trained and background-checked technicians will be sent to your business or home.
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