Ductless air conditioners are basically air conditioning units that are installed outside the house.
Ductless and mini-split air conditioners function quite similarly to conventional air duct systems. However, they each have certain differences as well. Understanding mini-split systems can be made easier to any homeowner, if they are first familiar with the ways of working of traditional air conditioning models.
The Difference Between Standard Air Conditioners vs. Mini Splits
In a standard air conditioning system, the indoor unit that comes with the air conditioner is usually installed behind or inside something, like an attic or a closet. The ducts of the air conditioner then push and pull air to this central location, therefore cooling air and subsequently the rooms in your home, with cooling spread mostly through the vent systems.
In a mini-split air conditioning system, there are separate indoor units that are usually located in each room. Now, rather than pushing and pulling air to a central indoor unit, each room will handle its own cooling needs through the indoor unit.
Do Mini Splits Have Enough Cooling Power?
Often, at times, homeowners worry that mini splits may not be sufficient to cool their entire home. It’s also common to worry about not being able to power these mini splits. While the individual indoor units may seem small, it’s important to remember they only have to cool a single room, not your whole home. This makes the cooling much easier and a lot more effective.
When you choose to opt for a mini-split installation, it’s important to choose the correct BTU capacity for your room. In general, the larger the room, the more BTUs per hour you’ll need. Mini-split systems come in many different sizes, so finding a system for your home should be very easy once you have your room measurements, or measurements for each room in your home.
Benefits of Mini-Split Systems
Ductless air conditioning systems are becoming more common in single-family homes. While the units themselves typically cost a bit more than ducted AC components, that cost is offset by a absence of ductwork installation and higher energy efficiency during operation.
Why Builders and Homeowners Choose Mini Splits
No ductwork necessary:
You don’t need existing ductwork. When you have a mini-split system, you can add air conditioning to your home without additionally fitting in ductwork.
Choosing a mini-split system is more affordable if you’re renovating your home or building from the ground up without ductwork. It also takes less time to install a mini-split system, making it a great choice for homeowners who want to get the job done fast.
There’s heating too:
Mini splits with heat pumps are getting popular and are now more commonly found in homes. By installing a mini split, you would be able to have both heating as well as cooling from the same system.
Mini split systems can be installed in a variety of orientations based on your home’s configuration. Some common types of configurations include floor-mount, ceiling-recessed and horizontal-ducted configurations.
Ductless systems don’t lose hot or cold air due to duct leakage. Most mini split systems are approximately 20% to 30% more efficient on average.
A Great Choice For Homeowners!
Mini split systems give adequate cooling, has potential for heating, and serves as a budget-friendly alternative when compared to traditional air conditioning installations. This is exactly why home owners and builders opt for this style of air conditioning for homes. Mini splits are designed to be energy efficient, and are also a smart buy for homeowners who are eco conscious or looking to make greener, more eco friendly decisions.
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