Ductless mini-split air conditioners strike a magical balance between window ACs and central air systems. The lack of ductwork is the standout feature since that erases half the battle of acquiring a durable, reliable cooling system. The benefits are myriad, so maybe it’s time to consider upgrading your AC options without breaking the bank or dealing with costly, time-consuming construction.
The Installation Is Almost Effortless
Window AC units are by far the easiest to install, but they also suck up energy and money. Installing a central air system is a job and a half unless you happen to have the duct work in place, which is somewhat rare. The setup makes the mini-split an ideal option for older homes, smaller spaces, or homeowners on a budget.
As with central AC, you have a unit outside of the home, but it’s generally smaller. Thin tubing connects from the unit to ducts that can go in pretty much any room. Some ductless systems allow for up to four connected conduits. The choices from that point are endless. You can place your ducts near the ceiling or choose covers that resemble decorative heating ducts.
They Cool Your Home More Efficiently
One of the primary advantages of ductless split air conditioning systems is their ability to cool your home as much as 30 percent more efficiently than central or window ACs. Window units are inefficient because they require significant power just to cool down a small space. Central air conditioning, while it keeps large areas comfortable, is expensive to run for extended periods of time. Ductless systems are so spread out that they bring down the temperature faster. They also maintain a cool temperature for longer.
You’re in Control
With a mini-split unit, each indoor unit has its own thermostat. That means you can control the temperature in each designated area of your home. You don’t have to cool down the entire upstairs if you only spend time up there at night. There’s no need to keep the AC running in the office when no one’s working in there.
The Savings Are Substantial
Due to the efficiency of the system and your ability to choose which areas to cool and when, you save a considerable amount of money on your cooling costs over time. That’s helpful no matter what, but it’s especially nice for homeowners in climates with hot, humid summers. Humidity is a killer in the quest for comfortable temperatures.
It’s Seen but not Heard
Ductless systems are so quiet that you can’t always tell they’re running — except for the cool temperatures, of course. Where window units grumble and rattle, ductless ACs barely hum. There are no abrupt noises when the air conditioning kicks on or off, either.
Not everyone wants to have ducts installed and not every house is well-suited for them. A ductless mini-split air conditioner is the perfect solution for office suites and duplexes as well as residential homes. Have you ever thought about doing away with ducts?