So, What is a Ductless Air Conditioner?

Spend much time on and you might find yourself wondering, "What is a ductless air conditioner?"

Ductless air conditioners and heat pumps are popular all over the world. If you need targeted heating or cooling, ductless can be the way to get it. Modern mini-split systems are energy efficient and powerful. And thanks to a competitive marketplace, you can likely even find one in a price range to fit your budget.

But Again, What is a Ductless Air Conditioner?

Most Americans are very familiar with central air conditioners and window air conditioners. Central units use air ducts, they have vents all over a house, there is a big condenser outside, and an air handling unit somewhere inside. Window units are compact, cheap, and easy to install.

Ductless air conditioners are a mixture of both. They are compact, easy to install compared to a central cooling system, and more powerful than a window unit. They also tend to have very high energy efficiency. Which makes them a great complement to a tight budget.

Technical Stuffings

Like a central split system, a mini-split air conditioner consists of two parts: the outside condenser and the inside air handler. The two connect via electrical wiring and refrigerant lines. There are no air ducts. Mounted on an interior wall, the air handler blows conditioned air directly into the target zone.

Is there a room in your house that never seems to get cool in summer? Do you want to be able to comfortably use your detached garage even through the worst summer heat? Would you love to relax in your sun room at the height of summer?

Those applications are all ideal for a ductless air conditioner. To get one, well, you're in the right place.

Question Answered?

Still can't respond to, "What is a ductless air conditioner," let us know in the comments below.

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  • Fred
    Posted on 7/23/2018

    Does the outside condenser have to be near power source or explain powering the unit. I have central air with two air conditioners, one for upstairs and one down. Home is 12 years old and has old style freon. My downstairs unit needs to be refilled be CD side of leak and unit replaced or repaired, very expensive. So we're thinking of ductless air/heating for down stairs, cheaper operation all around from my research. Is this a good idea. How about installation, who do I call.

  • Kyle
    Kyle from Ingrams
    Posted on 7/23/2018

    The outside condenser on a ductless unit does need to be wired. If your current downstairs unit is using R-22 (old style), I would not recommend refilling it. R-22 is getting very, very expensive these days.

    Replacing with a ductless product may be the right way to go. We do also sell conventional systems, so if you already have ductwork running throughout your downstairs a simple replacement is also an option. Give us a call at 800-360-1569, and we'll help you figure it out.

  • Georgene
    Posted on 7/11/2018

    So are you saying there is no outside hole in the wall? Does the unit just hang on the wall? Or does the unit go thru the wall like a regular air conditioner?

  • Kyle
    Kyle from Ingrams
    Posted on 7/11/2018

    A ductless air conditioner or heat pump does require a hole through the wall (or some other way to connect the air handler and the condenser). Now, it only requires a small 2-3 inch hole where a through-the-wall or PTAC unit requires a much, much larger chunk.

  • Darryl
    Posted on 7/10/2018

    Can a ductless unit supply air to 4 room
    What will you recommend ?

  • Kyle
    Kyle from Ingrams
    Posted on 7/11/2018

    Depending on the layout and the power of the ductless unit, yes, that's certainly possible. A multi-zone installation can guarantee it. In terms of a recommendation, we carry MRCOOL, Mitsubishi, LG, Daikin, and Gree ductless products. To drill down further we would need to know more about the space you need to cool. Give us a call at 800-360-1569, and we can help you figure it out.

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