April 25, 2016
Ductless AC systems are a popular choice for homeowners with insufficient space to spare for ducted HVAC units, since they are the ideal way to upgrade an existing system or add a new one without much disruption. They are also known as mini split-system air conditioners, mini splits and splits.
Ductless AC systems work as heat pumps that cool indoor spaces by transferring heat away from them. They feature an outdoor compressor/condenser, indoor air-handling unit, and a conduit or tubing that connects the two units. Power cables, refrigerant tubing, suction tubing, and condensate drain pipes are housed in this conduit.
While there are many benefits associated with ductless AC systems, below are some of the main ones to consider:
Energy Efficiency – These systems don’t rely on combustible fuels and do not emit combustion gases, so there is no need for ductwork or venting. This translates into better energy efficiency, since there is no air loss or thermal leakage (which leads to higher energy consumption) that typically occurs with ducted distribution systems.
Like central HVAC units, mini splits are required to meet SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) and HSPF (Heating Season Performance Factor) standards, and often exceed the minimum ratings. Energy Star rated systems cost even less to run and can reduce your heating and cooling expenses by up to 30%!
Easy Installation – Mini splits can be installed easily and quickly by a licensed HVAC repair and installation contractor. Unlike most other HVAC appliances, the refrigerant for these systems is pre-installed, so the contractor just needs to set the indoor unit in place, drill a small hole in the exterior wall and pass the conduit from the exterior unit to the interior one.
Remember, that most manufacturers will only consider the warranty of the system to be valid when it has been installed by a licensed professional.
Flexibility – Ductless AC systems are incredibly flexible, since the tubing or conduit allows for the indoor air-handling unit to be moved and positioned exactly where you want it. This unit can be placed on the floor or installed on a wall, and since it is remote controlled, you can customize the cooling or heating as per your preferences with zero hassle.
If you have a larger ductless system set up in your home, you may have up to 4 air handling units running at a time, and each of these has its own thermostat for greater flexibility in application.
Zoned Comfort – The indoor unit of a mini split can throw cool (or warm) air into specific areas, unlike central air conditioning systems. Not only does this reduce energy waste, but also allows you to maintain the optimum temperature for any area you’re using, when you’re actually using it.
If you have a ductless HVAC system with more than one indoor unit, you can select the temperature of your choice for different rooms with ease. This lets you create your own comfort zone anywhere in your home!
Heating and Cooling – One of the most common reasons for the popularity of mini splits is that they can be used throughout the year. Since the heat pump is reversible, it can throw hot air out or in. Central ACs are only useful in the summer, since they cannot be used for heating unless they are paired with heat pump units or furnaces in the winter.
Ductless systems cannot heat your home very much, especially if the outdoor temperature is below 30 degrees F. However, they work as an energy-efficient alternative to all-weather ducted HVAC systems for smaller homes and slightly warmer locations.
With regular maintenance, your ductless air conditioning system can keep you comfortable all year round, without blowing your energy bills through the roof. Get in touch with the professionals at Service Champions for HVAC installation and maintenance – we’ll help you keep your heating or cooling system in top shape!