3 Common FAQs About Ductless Air Conditioners
Lots of our customers have ductless air conditioners in their homes, but no matter how long they’ve had them there are always questions about them. Here are some of the most common questions we get, and some quick helpful summarizing answers.
What are ductless air conditioners? Are they the same as “mini-split” systems?
Ductless air conditioners operate in a similar way to central air conditioning systems. They have an outdoor unit, which is also called a condenser, and an indoor unit called an evaporator..
The main difference between ductless air conditioners and central air conditioners is that central units relay air through an air handler to distribute it through the ductwork. Ductless air conditioners send cool air to the mounted unit in your home, either on the ceiling or wall.
Both types of air conditioning systems have the same connections between the indoor and outdoor units, where refrigerant passes through the cable taking heat out of the home and releasing it outside.
Any ductless air conditioning system or central air conditioning system that has separate indoor and outdoor units are called split systems. It’s common to hear ductless air conditioning systems referred to as mini-split systems, simply because they’re smaller than central air conditioning systems. An example of a non split system would be a window air conditioner, because it’s an all-in-one cooling solution.
Why choose ductless air conditioners?
- Their the perfect cooling solution for older homes that don’t have existing ductwork. Installing central air conditioning also means installing ductwork, which might not be in everyone’s budget.
- They work well in home additions, where ductwork isn’t extended into. Again, they’re a great way to cool a space without breaking the bank with ductwork.
- They require very little to install. The internal and external units are simply connected through a small hole drilled in an external wall of the home.
- Depending on the model you have installed in your home, they’re typically much more energy-efficient than central air conditioning systems.
- They typically cost much less to install and operate than other home cooling options.
- They work much better and are more stylish than window-mounted air conditioners.
- They are typically very quiet during operation.
What kind of maintenance do ductless air conditioners need?
Ductless air conditioners require very little maintenance on a day-to-day basis, but they should be professionally maintained once a year by a professional HVAC technician. While the maintenance isn’t a lot, it is very important to ensure the proper functionality and efficiency of ductless air conditioners. Ductless air conditioners have a protective dust filter that should be replaced when it gets dirty. This filter should be cleaned or replaced a few times a year in addition to professional ductless air conditioner maintenance.