What is a Mini Split, or Ductless Air Conditioner?
Do you live in a home that does not have forced air heat ducts run throughout its structure, but still want the climate control possible with central air conditioning? A mini-split or ductless air conditioner may be just what you’re looking for.
Designed primarily for older houses, or for homes that employ hot water radiant heat, these units use individual coils placed throughout the home to efficiently cool it. They offer placement choices for optimal comfort, delivering cooling to rooms or zone most used, while providing greater efficiency than central air conditioning systems. Refrigerant is piped to these coils using small diameter line that is much easier to run, and much less costly, than standard duct work. Typically, 3-4 coils are sufficient to completely cool an average home.
The advantages of mini-split or ductless air conditioners is that they are much more energy efficient than traditional units that have estimated distribution energy loss as high as 30%. These units boast an distribution loss as low as 1% or 2% since no ductwork is used – ductwork being the primary contributor to energy loss. Because they are more efficient they will also lower energy costs significantly. These innovative climate control systems are quiet, too, and many feature remote control functionality for ease of use.
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