Ductless Air Conditioning: Comprehensive Information and Advice
Overview of Ductless
If your house does not have ductwork (“i.e. is ductless”) you might think or have been told that it would be impossible to have whole home air conditioning installed. That was a correct assumption not too long ago when there weren’t effective systems that could be installed in houses with either forced hot water heating or completely electric heating systems.
However, the days of having to use bulky, drafty, energy inefficient air conditioners in each and every room you want to cool are over, even if your home does not have ductwork!
Recently, a new system called ductless mini split central air conditioning has been brought to the consumer market. Now you can have central air no matter how your home is currently heated and whether or not you have existing ducts. These ductless mini split units are as quiet as a breeze, and are far more energy-efficient than other systems. They can cover your whole house, while being zoned with multiple thermostats so you can control the temperature differently in different parts of your house.
The mini split ductless air conditioner is practically invisible to the eye. It is likely that you’ve been in a house with one and not even known it. The small (one to three-inch) holes where the cool air will be delivered can be located high on your walls, low to the ground, or anywhere in between. The rest of the system is smaller than a conventional furnace and can be installed in a crawl space or basement. There are no visible features in your rooms except the small holes where the cool air flows.
As ductless mini split systems grow in popularity, there are more qualified installers around. It is important to be sure that your installer has experience with ductless systems and has installed it in homes similar to yours. Ask the prospective installer how many ductless and mini split systems he or she has installed, and ask for references.
Ductless and mini split units will increase the resale value of your home – in fact, in some areas older homes do not sell at all if they are not capable of whole home cooling. So the next time you are carrying that bulky window box unit up a flight of stairs, or going into a blazing hot room where the current air conditioner cannot reach, think about the fact that you could have comfortable and quiet whole home ductless or split system.
Advantages of Ductless
We will be providing the most up-to-date news and information about ductless including split systems and individual units. Included will be the advantages, cost, and parts associated with ductless and ductless mini split air systems. We will also provide customer feedback about ductless mini split systems. If you live in a home without built-in ducts and have previously been told or just assumed that installing whole home cooling would be close to impossible, you will be surprised to hear about the potential of ductless systems.
There are many advantages of ductless central air conditioning systems, even if your house does have ducts. Conventional duct central air conditioning systems may not be your choice over ductless even if you can have either.
- The first and perhaps most significant advantage of these systems are their small size. They can be easily zoned to heat and cool individual rooms using split systems. While conventional ducted systems often do two zones at most, ductless air conditioning systems can easily have as many as four or five indoor air handling units which can create four or five zones. All of this still only requires one outdoor unit!
- Ductless (including mini split) systems are also much easier and simpler to install than other types of central conditioning systems. The installer only has to drill small 3 inch holes in your walls for the air tubing, as compared to having to install whole ducts.
- These systems also naturally save energy. Ducts, especially if they run through hot attics and crawl spaces naturally lose energy in getting you your cool air.
- Finally, these systems are more aesthetically pleasing than other types of central air, and they provide more safety and security. How easy would it be for someone to push in a window air conditioner and get into your house? Ductless systems only require a three-inch hole.
Ductless central air conditioning systems are a great product for those with houses without ducts, increasing comfort and resale value. However, even those with ductwork might be tempted to put in a ductless mini split system as well!
Comparison with conventional systems
Regular Ductless and Split Systems offer versatility and effectiveness that is either as good as or even better than conventional whole home air conditioning.
Some specific benefits that you may not have been aware of include:
+ The Indoor unit of a ductless air conditioning system is small and space-saving as compared to a conventional furnace. It does not need a large footprint to function, even if it is a split system, and therefore can be installed in a small space.
+ Since no ductwork is required, installation of a ductless central air conditioning system is simple, fast & very efficient. Even split systems or min split systems are not difficult to install. You won’t have to cut large openings in walls or major construction. In some ways, since the system involves tubing run through walls, it’s almost like adding more electrical wiring – that simple!
+ The compressor is in the outdoor unit, so there is virtually no indoor noise generated in a ductless mini split system, and even outside the compressor is quiet.
+ The operation of the central unit is controlled by a microprocessor, which ensures that the temperature and humidity levels in the room are always comfortable. Mini split systems allow you to control the central air conditioning in different zones, saving money and energy
+ Your system will likely come with a wireless remote control, so you’ll be able to control temperature, fan speed, the timing of temperature changes, etc. This makes these whole home cooling systems highly convenient
+ Most ductless and split systems have what’s called “Dry Mode” which means that the ductless mini split will efficiently dehumidify your home. In dry mode the system uses less energy and saves you money
+ The system can use three Fan Speeds, which allows your ductless central air to create a comfortable airflow throughout the room.
+ The ductless units have what’s called “Air Sweep Control” which directs comfortable and cool air in a sweeping motion around the room, an advantage over conventional central air conditioning systems.
+ At night the mini split system will automatically save energy by manipulating the temperature in each zone, so you save money without sacrificing your comfort.
These Air Conditioning Systems may be perfect for your house, whether you have ducts or not!
About Our Ductless Website
You will find more detailed information on the following pages:
Our Blog: For more detailed up-to-the minute advice about installation and upkeep, as well as costs and benefits
Comprehensive Q&A about Ductless Central Air: Answers to common questions about basic and split systems
Community Feedback – users weigh in on their experience with Ductless
Installation: Provides detailed information about installation of a regular of split system
Costs and Savings: Information about what you might expect to save on your electric bill vs. the cost
Use and Maintenance: How will you maintain your ductless system for maximum life and performance
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