One of the hottest topics in HVAC is the ductless mini-split air conditioner. Not only are mini-splits popular among homeowners, but they can also be a great option for small buildings and offices. For the most part, ductless systems operate like stand-alone central air conditioning units, but they include a separate electrical box outside the house that serves as the control site.
The best ductless systems offer superior cooling, quiet operation, and comfort while providing an environmental benefit since they use less energy. They also tend to be more efficient than stand-alone central air conditioning units. They can be installed in almost any room of a home without altering the house’s structure. How exactly do ductless air conditioners work? Keep reading to learn more.
Ductless Air Conditioners in Operation
Having a ductless AC is a great option for reliable cooling for people who live in warmer climates. It’s very effective in cooling a room and often costs less to operate. The main difference between the two systems is that ductless ACs do not require ductwork — your house’s air has to circulate through this one unit. In a traditional system, the air is pulled in through your windows and vents, filtered, heated, and distributed throughout your entire house.
Ductless ACs work on the same principle but require less maintenance since there are no hoses or filters. However, it’s important to remember that many factors go into choosing which system is right for you — price, convenience, reliability, safety, etc. So even if you’re concerned about the initial cost of a ductless AC system, call TS Heat & Air to discuss which option and price point would make the most sense for your home.
Ductless air conditioners comprise two main components: an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor air-handling unit. A conduit, which houses the power cable, refrigerant tubing, suction tubing, and condensate drain, is used to connect the outdoor and indoor units.
The outdoor compressor/condenser houses the refrigeration lines, expansion device, and compressor. The condenser gets rid of heat by utilizing the refrigerant gas and pumps it to the indoor units. It absorbs heat inside the building and cycles it back outside to cool the home. The process is repeated until the home’s desired temperature is reached.
Why Choose a Ductless Air Conditioner
Ductless mini splits have several advantages over traditional HVAC systems, including:
Cost and Energy Efficiency
Traditional air conditioners usually have 10-15 years and require significant yearly maintenance costs. Ductless ACs have a 20-year life cycle and require low maintenance. As a result, they can save up to 50 percent on your energy bills compared to traditional ACs. Since they are smaller than traditional HVAC systems, they cost less to purchase, install and maintain.
A ductless system offers zoned temperature control, allowing you to cool or heat specific parts of your home without affecting the rest of the house. This means that you don’t have to adjust the temperature in the whole house when one room is occupied. For example, you can keep a bedroom cool while turning off the air conditioner in an empty room. The zone-based temperature controls allow you to create separate comfort zones within your home and eliminate musty smells from air ducts.
As there are no air ducts, you don’t have to worry about the noise of forced air systems. You can enjoy the cooler temperature of your home without the traditional sound that comes with central units while they operate.
Ductless mini-split units work well for homes that don’t already have ductwork — for example, homes built before 1960 or homes with radiant heating. They also make great additions to homes where more cooling or heating is required than can be provided by an existing furnace or central air system.
Of the HVAC systems available, ductless air conditioners are both highly efficient and cost-effective. They’re easy to install and operate, can be added to any existing heating or cooling system, and can even be relocated throughout a building at a later time or moved to a new building altogether if so desired.
TS Heat & Air offers cooling, heating, indoor air quality, and much more! We serve Bethany, OK and surrounding areas, with 24/7 emergency service available to those that may need it. To find out more about this innovative air conditioning solution for your home or business, contact TS Heat & Air today!