Increasingly, homeowners facing specialized cooling and heating situations are going ductless. Ductless split systems are versatile, offering both comfort as well as efficiency, in many ways superior to traditional ducted HVAC systems.
Ductless split ACs and heat pumps – both energy efficient and convenient – offer independent temperature control in specific areas of a home. They’re particularly suited for renovated rooms or sections, or additions to the home. However, when installed with multiple indoor units, they can cool or heat an entire home if they’re properly installed and placed.
What Does a Ductless AC Installation Involve?
A ductless split (sometimes called a mini-split) is a split-system air-source AC or heat pump with one key difference from a regular forced-air cooling or heating system: Working without ductwork, an installed ductless AC or heat pump conditions only the room or area where an air-handling unit is located. Outside, a compressor unit, containing the heat-exchange coil, compressor and blower, connects to one or more air-handling units inside the house. A conduit with lines, tubes and wires to carry refrigerant, condensate and electricity connects the outside unit with the inside unit(s).
Inside the house, one or more interior air-handling units – most systems allow for up to four – contains a coil and blower, in addition to a remote control in most systems. Ductless cooling/heating installation can be handled in a variety of ways: on the wall, hanging from the ceiling, or free-standing. They don’t make a lot of noise and can be integrated relatively easily into your interior design.
How Does a Ductless Mini-Split System Save on Energy?
While ductless split systems enjoy unique design characteristics (using inverter technology) that result in high efficiency, their ability to operate without ductwork also saves energy. Ample energy is lost in a traditional forced-air system as the air moves through ducts. That doesn’t happen with a ductless split system. Additionally, all the things that can go wrong with a ducted system – ducts clogged with dirt, debris and other contaminants, duct sections coming apart or hanging loose, inconsistent air delivery depending on distance from the HVAC system – none of that is an issue with a ductless split system.
Just like with traditional central heating and cooling systems, the benefits of a ductless split system will depend on the quality of the equipment, its energy efficiency, the physical circumstances of your home, how your household uses energy, and a variety of other factors. However, there’s no doubt that ductless split systems are gaining popularity in the United States.
Consider scheduling a free appointment, with no obligations, with one of Jansen Heating & Air Conditioning’s installation advisers to discuss how a ductless split cooling and/or heating system could benefit your Cincinnati home.