As temperatures soar and humidity levels rise, staying cool becomes a top priority for many homeowners. While central air conditioning has long been the go-to solution for beating the heat, ductless major AC systems are quickly gaining popularity. With flexible installation and cooling options, ductless systems are an intelligent choice for those who enjoy cool air in their home in total comfort. Whether you’re a seasoned homeowner or a first-time buyer, read on to discover everything you need to know about ductless central AC systems.
What Is Ductless Air Conditioners?
In its most straightforward configuration, a ductless mini-split system comprises an outdoor and indoor unit interconnected by refrigerant tubing and electrical wiring. Typically, the indoor unit is mounted on a wall and directly delivers cooled or heated air into the living space without any ductwork.
How do Ductless Air Conditioners Work?
Ductless air conditioner systems are highly effective and operate using the same cooling process as central air conditioning systems. However, unlike central air conditioning, which uses a centrally located indoor unit to deliver cool air throughout the home via ducts and vents, ductless systems blow cooled air directly into a single living space.
A complete ductless system comprises an indoor unit with an evaporator coil and blower fan and an outdoor unit with a compressor, condenser coil, and lover. These two units are connected via copper refrigerant tubing and electrical wiring. Ductless AC units can be mounted on interior walls, as high wall units, or on the ceiling surface, as cassette units. Console units are ideal for rooms where wall mounting is impossible or preferred, while in-ceiling teams remain hidden from view if ceiling space is available. Outdoor units can also be positioned strategically to minimize the noise in living rooms or outdoor gathering areas, and narrow cabinets allow for installation in small outdoor spaces or on small lots.
What Are The Benefits Of Using Ductless Systems?
Uning ductless systems have so many benefits that our customers prefer to install them:
Easy To Install In Older Homes Without Ductwork
One of the main reasons our customers prefer ductless systems is that they are very compatible with older homes. Older homes, typically built before the 1970s, do not have integrated ductwork since central air systems are uncommon. It means that many homes were constructed without ducts. For homeowners with older or historic houses, whether to undergo the major construction project of retrofitting their homes with ductwork or installing mini-splits in a few areas or throughout their homes.
When mini-split air conditioning systems were first introduced to the market a few decades ago, there were concerns about their ability to cool larger interior spaces. After all, these systems were initially developed and popularized in Asia, where urban homes tend to be smaller and require less BTU power for cooling and heating.
Today, however, mini-split systems are highly adaptable and come in a wide range of power capabilities, making them suitable for nearly any typical residential space. Whether you have a single bedroom or an entire suburban house, a mini-split system can make your living space more comfortable.
One of the most significant advantages of mini-split systems over traditional ducted systems is their ability to provide zone control. If you prefer one area of your home to be kept at a different temperature than another, separate air handlers can help you achieve this level of customization.
Reduce energy usage
Ductless air conditioning systems are efficient and can help reduce energy usage significantly. Traditional forced air systems can be highly inefficient due to gaps, tears, and weaknesses in the ductwork that cause significant heating and cooling losses.
Ductless air conditioning systems offer a bonus of air purification and cooling and heating your space. These systems can effectively pull contaminants, allergens, dust, and dirt from the air in your home, making the environment much more comfortable for allergy sufferers in the family. Moreover, they also pull moisture from the air, which helps deter the growth of mould, mildew, and other harmful microorganisms. Many models also feature a “dry mode” option to dehumidify the air without cooling it. This feature helps maintain a comfortable and healthy indoor environment.
Low-Maintenance and Simple to Install
Compared to installing complex and expensive ductwork required for central air conditioning, ductless installation is more straightforward, quicker, and cost-effective. Although you will need an HVAC professional for installation, maintenance is generally more accessible and more user-friendly throughout the life of your ductless system. In the long run, you can save time and money, as ductless air conditioning systems require less maintenance and repair than traditional central air conditioning systems.
Ductless air conditioning systems can help you save money in multiple ways. As previously mentioned, these systems are affordable to install and energy-efficient, resulting in lower fuel costs. Additionally, ductless air conditioning systems require less complex repairs, saving you time and money in the long run.
It is recommended to have professional air conditioning maintenance once a year to keep your ductless system in top condition. With regular care and maintenance, your mini-split air conditioner can last up to 20 years, saving you money on replacement costs.
Consider choosing Sarman Air for your ductless air conditioning installation needs. We specialize in expert installation services and work with trusted experts. Please get in touch with us if you need clarification on which air conditioning system is best for your home. We’re always happy to discuss your AC needs and help you find the perfect solution.