A ductless mini-split air conditioner works like a regular central air conditioner but without the ducts.
How’s that possible?
The indoor unit blows warm air from your home over cold evaporator coils. The refrigerant running through these coils absorbs the heat from the air and brings it to…
The outside unit is where the refrigerant dumps all the heat it pulled from your home’s air.
Now in a regular split system air conditioner, the indoor unit is in the attic or closet. Ducts carry your home’s air to this central location, where it is cooled and then returned to your home via more ducts.
But in a mini-split ductless system, the smaller indoor unit is actually in the room it’s cooling.
A variety of indoor unit styles to fit different rooms.
“Ok, but why would I want a ductless air conditioner?”
A mini-split ductless air conditioner can has several advantages over a traditional central AC. Namely:
Easier installation if you don’t have ductwork
If you’re adding AC to a room or home that doesn’t already have ducts, mini-split systems can be a great alternative to the expense of installing a bunch of ductwork.
Can both heat and cool
Most ductless mini-split systems are heat pumps. That means they can both heat and cool your home, eliminating the need for a separate heater.
Of course, you can get central air heat pumps, but it’s an upgrade.
Related: What is a Heat Pump?
Since each area of your home has a separate indoor unit, you can individually control the temperature of each part of your home.
Better energy efficiency
Ductless mini-split systems won’t lose any cooled air due to duct leakage. And duct leakage is a real problem with central air conditioners.
In fact, ENERGY STAR estimates that in a typical home “about 20 to 30 percent of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts.”
For an exact price for your home, contact us online or call us at (860) 238-3112 to set up a free, in-home consultation for a mini-split system.