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 Ductless Air Conditioners FAQ

When you’re picking an air conditioning system for your home. You want to be sure that you invest in the most reliable, well-organized model possible. Central air conditioning systems can be an outstanding choice for most homes but if you live in an older house that lacks ductwork fitting one of these systems can be both expensive and time consuming.

For houses without existing air ducts the best option is installing a ductless AC system. Which you may have also heard mentioned to as a ductless HVAC or ductless mini split. If you’re thinking about connecting a ductless system in your home you may have questions about these home cooling units. Including how they differ from traditional AC systems and whether they have any distinct welfare. Check out this AC FAQ so that you’ll have the information you need to decide if a ductless AC system is right for your home ease needs.

What Is a Ductless Mini-Split System?

A ductless mini-split is a small version of a split central air conditioning system. It doesn’t need ductwork and is small, quiet, and suitable to use. Best of all it's highly well-organized because it avoids energy loss bringing air directly where it’s needed.

Ductless systems consist of three main components:
The outdoor condenser unit.
The blower or evaporator units mounted in the rooms you want.
The conduit that links the outdoor and indoor units.
These mechanisms are small and offer reasonable additional options. A ductless mini-split system also comes with a convenient remote control exploiting its ease of use.

How do they work?

Ductless mini-split systems function in much the same way as a traditional central heating and cooling system. However in its place of locating the evaporator unit in the loft, basement, or another area of your home the small, smooth, wall-mounted indoor unit serves as the evaporator. This removes the need for immense ductwork while still providing your home with complete comfort control. The indoor unit pumps refrigerant from the outdoor unit to blowers located right inside the indoor unit where it is then dispersed throughout your home. During the colder months of the year this process is upturned as the system brings warm air into the home and eliminates cold air outside.

What is home zoning?

Home zoning is a specialized term for room-by-room temperature control. In other words by insertion manifold indoor units in different areas of your home you can selectively heat and cool certain parts of your home. This allows you to only cool rooms you use without wasting energy on weather control in unused parts of the house. This is fundamentally the same concept as turning off the light when you leave a room and, eventually, it can save you a lot of money.

What are the benefits of ductless systems?

Ductless mini-split systems offer countless wonders. For one they do not necessitate ductwork so, if your home doesn’t already have ductwork you don’t have to worry about the expensive and time-consuming procedure of having it installed. Secondly ductless mini-splits are highly energy efficient meaning it takes less energy to heat and cool your home. This eventually means you’ll see augmented cost savings as your monthly utility bills go down. Ductless systems also allow for home zoning and modified comfort control. If one member of your family favors keeping their bedroom cooler than the rest of the house it can be done—without a fight over the thermostat. Ductless mini-split systems also offer supplementary features like programming, remote control, super quiet mode, and they can advance indoor air quality with built-in air filtration. Learn more about the welfare of ductless mini-split systems here.

Won’t the indoor unit be an eyesore?

This is an honestly common understandable concern. However modern shiny designs have made it so that the indoor unit of your ductless mini-split system is barely noticeable. Additionally these units can be straddling just about anywhere in your home at variable height levels to suit your artistic preferences. 

Do ductless mini-split systems require maintenance?

Yes, like all HVAC systems ductless mini-splits necessitate some maintenance. A regular cleaning and tune-up we recommend once a year or once every other year can help you ensure that your system is working accurately and that you’re getting the most for your money. Regular conservation is the best way to avoid unforeseen breakdowns and other issues and it is also the best way to ensure that your system lasts a long time. You should also change or clean the air filter on your system frequently. Most professionals recommend that you change or clean the air filter for every 400 hours of use or about once every month to once every six months to once a year depending on how much you use your system.

Do I need to clean the outdoor unit?

The outdoor unit should be clear of wreckage including fallen branches, leaves, wildflowers, and trash. It’s a good idea to take a look at the outdoor unit about once a month to guarantee that it is clean and free of any understandable debris. For a more thorough cleaning of the outdoor unit you should trust a professional. These are complex systems and it is best to have a professional take care of any in-depth ductless mini-split upkeep.

How do I choose a ductless mini-split system?

There are a lot of factors involved in choosing the right system. You will need to keep in mind the size of your home and ease partialities. How much energy you use and how much energy you want to use as well as plentiful other applicable factors. Each system has a different BTU (British thermal unit; used as a standard for measuring heating and cooling capacity) and it is vital that you choose the right BTUs for your space. Additionally a system that is too big or too small will not be as effective. Our ductless HVAC contractors can come out to your home for an instructive consultation and free estimate. We’ll take a look at your home and the various other factors involved before as long as our honest, professional recommendations. We offer custom answers for homes of all sizes.

What is the average price for a ductless mini split installation?

Air conditioner installers charge by their time and it is difficult to estimate a value as this time will importantly vary on evaporator assignment, comfort of access and type of building material. 75% of the time that will be spent connecting a unit out of box will be drilling holes through the wall and routing copper line sets and wire between indoor and outdoor units. This is something that can be finished by the homeowner though so already having holes drilled and indoor and outdoor units placed will minimize time the installer spends on site. See Installation tip. A good rule of thumb for HVAC work is $50 to knock on the door then $20-$40 / hour for time on site. Installation can take under 2 hours if holes are pre-drilled, single zone equestrian evaporator and condenser is placed and as long as all day if we are installing multiple zones, going through multifaceted stonework to evaporators deep inside interior walls. Be sure to verify cooling and heating functions and get the installer signature on warranty registration preceding to signing work order and discharging the contractor.

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