Benefits of Ductless Mini Split AC

Ductless Mini Split AC

A ductless air conditioning system is an energy-efficient alternative to a traditional HVAC setup. It’s especially well-suited for older homes that lack ductwork, new home additions or conversions of unfinished space, like garages and workshops, into usable living space. Ductless systems are easy to install, and they offer great heating and cooling, as well as zoning capabilities. They’re also very quiet, and many feature Mitsubishi Electric’s INVERTER-driven compressor technology that uses variable speed to conserve energy as it ramps up or down to maintain your set temperature.

Cooling efficiency is rated in BtuH, or British thermal units per hour. Heating capacity is rated separately for models that function as heat pumps.

Aside from their energy-efficiency ratings, a big benefit of Mini Split AC is that they can be configured to meet the unique needs of each home, as opposed to the one-size-fits-all approach of conventional central air systems and traditional ductless systems. This flexibility is due to the modular design of ductless systems, which allow for different indoor air handling unit sizes connected to an outdoor condenser. Each air handler has its own capacity, which is based on the square footage of the room it’s conditioned to cool.

The outdoor unit also has its own capacity, which is based primarily on the heat load of the area where it’s installed. It’s important to have this information before you choose an air conditioner and a corresponding size of indoor air handling unit.

You can have up to four indoor units connected to a single outdoor unit, depending on how much you want to heat or cool your home. Each zone is controlled by its own thermostat, which can help you avoid heating or cooling unused rooms and reducing energy bills.

In addition to lowering your utility bills, this type of system can improve your home’s air quality by eliminating the need for fossil fuel-powered furnaces or boilers in your house. This can significantly reduce the amount of stale indoor air and carbon monoxide you expose your family to, as well as eliminate dangerous off-gassing from combustion of fossil fuels in ductwork.

While mini-splits aren’t DIY projects, they’re fast and easy for an experienced contractor to install. Once the outdoor unit is in place, the rest of the system is as simple as connecting each indoor air handler to it with a series of copper tubes and wires. The indoor air handling units are quiet, and the entire system is hidden behind drywall, with only a nondescript vent to reveal the non-visible condenser. And because they don’t use ductwork, you won’t have to worry about dust or mold accumulation in your attic.