Advantages of a Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioner

fischer heating and air technician placing back a clean filter into a ductless mini split air conditioner unit

In terms of cooling your entire home or office, many factors have to be considered. One is your budget. Next is the age of your residence or office, as well as the division and size of the rooms. Some buildings will benefit from having the ducted system of a central air conditioning unit. Some homes and offices on the other hand will have more advantages if ductless mini-split air conditioners are installed.

Ductless mini-splits are hardly noticeable because the indoor units are small and almost blend with the interior décor. They are often installed high on the walls of offices, restaurants and homes thus they work unobtrusively.

Ductless mini-split AC’s are advantageous

Many of the advantages of ductless mini-split air conditioners come from its design.

Mini-split air conditioners are energy and cost efficient. It delivers cool or warm air only into areas when and where it’s needed. When you have a central air conditioning system, the cool or warm air is distributed throughout the entire home or office. This means that even if the space is unused and it is being cooled or warmed.

Aside from the cost savings, installing a ductless mini-split air conditioner can make the homeowner eligible for utility rebates or tax credits for the year. Local, state and federal governments offer many programs that can provide businesses and homeowners plenty of savings.

Ductless mini-split air conditioners deliver warm or cool air directly into the different areas that need cooling or heating. The smaller indoor units only require access to electric power source and mounting capabilities.

The operation of ductless mini-split air conditioner is easier and quicker. The system is able to cool or heat spaces faster. With its remote controller, its settings and functions are easier to control as well.

Modern mini-splits are capable of cooling and heating homes so you do not need to have two types of units installed to keep you cool in summer and warm in winter.

Most models are also air purifiers. Dust and other allergens are filtered and prevented from being circulated into your home or building. Mini-split air conditioners make indoor air healthier. They have multi-stage filtration that drastically reduces the presence of particulates, allergens, pollen, bacteria and dust that can cause health risks to people inside the home.

Ductless mini-splits are versatile and can be installed almost anywhere inside the home, unlike a window air conditioner. There is no need for ducting. No large holes are needed to be cut into walls. The outdoor compressor is easy to clean and maintain. The indoor unit is attractive and sleek and blends well with contemporary interior. Another huge advantage is that its operation is very quiet.

Installing a mini-split air conditioning system is easier and quicker. Installation of a traditional ducted system can last for several weeks. The work can disrupt the daily activities of the family. On the other hand, the installation of a ductless mini-split in a regular-sized home can only last for a day. Only small pipes are used by mini-splits. Installers only need to make three-inch holes on ceilings or wall so homeowners do not have to worry about structural damage or even loss of precious space.

Mini-splits are quite flexible. You can use it to replace electric baseboard heater, space heaters and noisy window units. Mini-splits can be installed to improve the temperature in particular rooms, for apartments and condominiums, new construction and home additions. It can even be installed in buildings that already have ducted systems.

Installation is quite cost-effective, too. Only small pipes and electrical cables connect the indoor and outdoor units. No major modification to the home is needed. Because there is no ductwork, the installation is faster and the labor cost is lower. It can also be subsidized by solar power.

Across the United States, utility costs continue to skyrocket. When the cooling and heating system is inefficient, it is difficult to control the increase in monthly electricity consumption. The power needed to operate ductless systems is lower. Because the air is delivered directly to the area where it is needed, efficiency is not lost. Controlling the temperature inside the rooms in a house depends on the homeowner. This means it is possible to create zones within their homes, allowing them to heat or cool only the rooms that are occupied.

Ductless mini-split air conditioning system lowers your carbon footprint due to its size and zoning capabilities. The system follows the guidelines set by Energy Star. This means that its efficiency level is even higher than the standards given by the federal government. As it reduces the energy costs by improving its efficiency, it also reduces the carbon footprint as well.

The maintenance cost is lower as well as the filters in the indoor component of a mini-split are easy to remove and replace.

How a ductless mini-split works

Let us define how a ductless mini-split air conditioner works. As the name implies, the system is divided into two operating units, consisting of the evaporator and fan that is installed inside the home. The compressor unit is placed outside the residence. It can be hung on the wall or positioned on level ground.

The ductless mini-split air conditioner operates by extracting humidity and hot air from inside the building. This is expelled through the compressor into the air outside. In return, the compressor’s refrigerant cools the air from outside. The cooled air is sent indoors through copper pipes. The fan distributes the cool air into the room.

When heat is needed, the mini-split extracts the cold air inside and blows warm air indoor instead.

Pros and Cons

There are pros and cons for each system. There will always be advantages and disadvantages when installing and operating appliances and home systems. Right now the ductless mini-split air conditioning system is very popular and has proven to be very cost effective and efficient in providing heating and cooling comfort.

A ductless mini-split reduces the harmful effects of gas emissions into the atmosphere by using the refrigerant R410A that does not affect the ozone layer.

Due to its small size, four indoor units could be connected to a single outdoor unit. Each indoor unit has its own thermostat, so it is easier to control the temperature in each area.

One of the things that make homeowners think twice before installing a ductless mini-split air conditioning system is the cost. It costs twice as much as window type air conditioners and about 30% more than a central air conditioning system (excluding ductwork).
Some homeowners think that the indoor unit, though unobtrusive, lacks the built-in look provided by a central air conditioning system. Condensate water should also be drained closed to the outdoor unit of the system

If you’re considering ductless mini-split air conditioners for your home or office, get in touch with Fischer. Our technicians have the latest technical knowledge. They are licensed to handle air conditioning units of any kind. Get the right information and the right air conditioning solution from Fischer. Give us a call at 206-202-9499 or 425-406-3050 during office hours and let’s talk about your options.

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