What is A Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioner

A ductless mini split air conditioner is a air conditioner that is permanently installed in your home. However, unlike central air conditioning that requires the tearing out of walls to install duct work, mini split air conditioners have no duct work and only a small hole is needed to install the indoor evaporator unit.

A Ductless mini split air conditioner consists of an exterior condenser (on the outside of your house) and an indoor evaporator. The indoor evaporator unit houses the cooling coil, fan, and controls. (You can add indoor blowers if you wish) The indoor portion of the unit may be hung from the ceiling or installed high on the wall. There are also floor models available. Mini split air conditioners are controlled with a remote and are an excellent choice for apartments, homes with added on rooms, or homes where you want to limit the number of rooms you cool.

Why Consider a Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioner

You may be wondering why someone would consider a ductless mini split air conditioner. As it turns out there are several reasons why these air conditioners are increasing in popularity including:

  • Mini Split Air Conditioners are Easy to Install- Unlike central air conditioners mini split air conditioners find that ductless air conditioners are easy to install. Since there is no duct work there is no need to open up walls and install duct work. This is especially attractive to those who have an existing home or business and don’t want to suffer the inconvenience of delayed residential fuel delivery or having heating and cooling professionals spending days or weeks in your home installing the air conditioning. A mini split system can be installed in just a few a hours.
  • Less Noticeable Than Window Units- While mini split air conditioners aren’t exactly invisible they are far less noticeable than portable window units plus they don’t have to be taken down at the end of the season.
  • Can Adjust Temperatures For Different Rooms- with ductless mini split air conditioners you can adjust the temperatures for different rooms, completely shutting off the air in rooms that you won’t be using for several hours to help save on energy bills.

While there are benefits to installing a mini split air conditioner there are also some reasons why people may be hesitant to buy these types of air conditioners including:

  • Cost- Ductless mini split air conditioners can be costly. Mini split air conditioners cost about 30% more than central air conditioning (not counting the ducts) to install and can be twice or three times the cost of window air conditioning units. If you want to put air conditioning in every room in your home or business then a ductless system may be beyond what you are looking to pay.
  • Can Be Difficult to Find A Qualified Installer- Another reason why people hesitate to purchase mini-split air conditioners is because it can sometimes be difficult to find someone who is trained and qualified to installed ductless air conditioners.

If you are considering purchasing a ductless mini-split air conditioner system do your research to ensure that this type of air conditioning is right for you and your needs.


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