What Are Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioners?

Ductless mini-split HVAC systems have been around for years, but have not been popular in the United States until recently. So, the question: "What the heck is that and what would I do with it?" is a fair one. We are happy to report that these are very versatile, efficient systems, and there is a lot they can do.

The Technology

Ductless HVAC units rely on the same principles larger, central products do. The ductless system consists of two basic parts: an inside air handler and an outside condenser. The air handler is mounted on an interior wall. It distributes the conditioned air throughout the environment. The condenser is mounted on a bracket or pad outside. It expels the heat you don't want into the exterior environment.

In a conventional split system installation, you might still rely on an air handler and a condenser, but they would, of course, be connected by larger air ducts. Ductless units are only connected by communicating wires and refrigerant lines. This means they can be installed in virtually any location, and are ideal in places conventional systems can't reach.

The Application

A central heating and air system relies on air ducts to channel air from one part of a home to another. If you haven't seen an air duct in real-life, you've seen one in the movies because people crawl through them all the time in Hollywood's imagination. We don't recommend trying yourself. Air ducts aren't really designed to support full grown human body weight. You'll either fall through the ceiling or get stuck. Neither is going to end well.

In any case, most American homes in the last few decades have been built with air ducts and HVAC in mind. Of course, many homes were built before central air become popular. And even newer homes might have additions or expansion to which the duct don't reach.

That's where a ductless mini-split can be useful. A ductless mini-split heat pump or air conditioner can put air comfort into a location where conventional duct work was never installed or would be too expensive to add. Sometimes, despite a builder's best efforts, there are areas connected to ductwork that just never seem to be comfortable. Ductless technology works great there.

Need a Ductless Mini-Split in Your Home?

Should you get a ductless mini-split air conditioner or heat pump for your home? Maybe. If you have an area that just doesn't seem to stay cool or warm, a ductless might be a good fit. Or maybe you are remodeling an older home, and running ductwork through the entire building would be expensive or just too much work. Ductless is a perfect tool to solve that problem.

When you're ready to find the right system for your home, give us a call. Our experts are well acquainted with ductless technology, and can make sure you get the system that will do the job right the first time.

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