What Is A Ductless Mini-Split Heating + Cooling System?
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What Is A Ductless Mini Split Heating & Cooling System?

When it comes to residential air conditioning, you have two basic choices: a central air conditioning system that manages your entire residence, or a window unit that cools only a specific room or area. But now there is a third choice available, and that is a ductless, mini-split system. What is a ductless mini-split system? How does it work, and what are its advantages? Keep reading in order to find out more.

The Benefits of a Ductless Mini Split

Thinking about going ductless? A ductless mini-split air conditioner has many advantages over window or central air units, a few of which include:

  • Greater energy efficiency. Ductless systems are designed to minimize air loss to save you money on cooling your home.
  • The ability to be placed anywhere. There is no need to retrofit an existing home to accommodate an HVAC unit because a ductless mini-split system does not require any ductwork. Ductless mini-split systems are also ideal for garages, attics, sunrooms, basements, and more.
  • More flexibility on where to locate the indoor air handling unit. Indoor air handlers are very sleek, allowing them to be placed along the wall or even hung from the ceiling. Some may even be operated with the use of a remote control.
  • Eliminating the need for bulky, unattractive window units that leave your home vulnerable to break-ins.
  • Being easy to install since fewer hookups are required. That means you get to enjoy your new air conditioning unit much sooner.

A Hybrid Air Conditioning & Heating System

A ductless mini-split is a type of “hybrid” air conditioning and heating system that combines the advantages of a central air unit with that of a window air conditioner. It is similar to a central HVAC system in that it contains many of the same components. For example, there is a compressor and/or condenser unit housed outside as well as an air handling unit placed inside.

As with a traditional central air conditioning system, the two components are linked through the use of a conduit. Conduit is simply a pathway for transmitting water and housing electrical wire. In the case of a ductless mini-split system, the conduit holds the refrigerant tubing and electrical lines, while also serving as a source for condensation to drain.

Zoned Temperature Control

Although it has many of the same components as a central air conditioner, a mini-split system allows you to do something that a traditional HVAC system will not, and that is adjust the temperature in individual rooms.

Now you are no longer confined to setting one temperature for the entire house, and can customize areas based on each person’s preference. This is an especially nice feature in homes with someone who might like their space a little bit warmer or cooler than the rest of the home.

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