What is ductless air conditioning? A technician installs a mini split unit.

What is Ductless Air Conditioning?

There are many options to choose from when it comes to HVAC systems for your home. Many have heard of traditional central air systems that use ductwork or window units, but what is ductless air conditioning? 

What is ductless air conditioning, and how can it work for me? 

As its name indicates, a ductless air conditioning system, also known as a mini split system, is an HVAC system that delivers cool air without a supporting ductwork system. Individual units are placed in each room and connected to an outdoor compressor. When the system runs, the indoor unit pulls air over cold coils and then returns the cooled air into the room. Hot air, condensation, and refrigerant travel to the outdoor unit. Finally, the refrigerant returns to the indoor units to restart the cycle. 

These systems can be a primary climate control option for an entire home. They are also a good choice for cooling new additions or garage spaces. Adding a ductless unit to these spaces is an efficient way to avoid extra stress on your existing HVAC system. 

How efficient is a ductless system? 

Did you know 20 to 30 percent of the air that moves through a duct system is lost from leaks and other issues? A ductless system avoids these problems and other ductwork complications, such as pressure imbalances, that lower the efficiency of traditional, forced air systems. 

In addition to controlling leaks, these systems are also energy friendly because you can control the temperature of each room. We all have that one room that is always too hot or too cold. A ductless mini split unit in that room allows for an ideal temperature in that space without negatively impacting the rest of the house. 

Your family can also stop fighting over the thermostat! Each person can have his or her space customized to their individual comfort level. Do you live in a home where some rooms see little to no use? You can adjust the temperatures in these rooms to save on energy costs. 

Though less expensive than adding or replacing ductwork, ductless systems are an investment. The efficiency rating of your system directly correlates to how much you will pay. The positive side is that you’ll know how much your electricity bill will be during the height of Texas summers. 

If these solutions sound appealing, a ductless air conditioning system is for you! 

How do I determine the size of the system I need? 

You might be wondering, what is ductless air conditioning system sizing? An HVAC expert, like those at Southern Air, will help determine the unit size best suited for each space. These quiet systems have options to fit unobtrusively in any room. There are wall-mounted, ceiling-mounted, and floor-mounted options. 

Another great thing about ductless systems is easy installation. Refrigerant lines connect to the outside compressor through small holes drilled in the wall. The units are mounted and immediately ready for use. 

Southern Air has the HVAC answers you need

Do you have more questions about ductless air conditioning? Talk to the experts at Southern Air! We’ll discuss your needs and the options available so you can live in comfort. Our factory-trained technicians expertly repair any issues or can easily install any of our Lennox products

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