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How Does Ductless AC Work?

September 22, 2023 | Blog

You may update your phone or your wardrobe to keep up with the newest trends, but have you considered updating your air conditioning? Many homes use traditional AC with ducts to cool down each room. However, recent years have brought a new option to the table: ductless AC.

We’ve spent a lot of time installing and repairing both ductless and traditional air conditioners at Surgi’s Heating, Cooling & Plumbing. When it comes to ductless AC, many homeowners are unsure of how it works, which can make it a daunting investment.

We’re here to clear up any confusion over ductless systems and explain why it could be a great option for your home.

What Is Ductless Cooling?

Ductless AC removes perhaps the most essential feature of traditional air conditioning: ductwork. Instead of relying on ducts in the wall to transport cool air, ductless AC functions in a less-invasive manner.

If you install ductless AC, each zone or room of your home will have a smaller unit called a mini-split. Each mini-split has its own thermostat and blower, which is powerful enough to cool down the area it controls. These smaller units are connected to a larger outdoor unit through small cables in the wall.

Each mini-split sucks in the warm air from the room, which is cooled down by refrigerant. This refrigerant is transported through the cables in the wall, which flow back and forth from the mini-split to the outdoor unit. The warmed refrigerant turns to gas and is transported back to the outdoor unit, where the heat is released.

Why Should I Install Ductless Mini-Splits?

Making the switch from an air conditioning system you’ve relied on for decades to a new air conditioner can be a difficult decision. While there are advantages to traditional AC, there are also some benefits to a ductless system that are worth considering.

AC Efficiency

Ductless air conditioning tends to be more energy efficient than the traditional alternative. This is because a lot of cool air may be wasted in ductwork since it’s susceptible to leaks and holes. When you go ductless, you could increase your AC efficiency by thirty percent.

Custom Cooling

If you are constantly fighting over the thermostat with your family or roommates, ductless could be the way to go. Mini-splits allow you to set each room or zone of your home to different temperatures to meet your preferences. You can even turn off the AC in a room that doesn’t get much use to save money on your energy bill.

Simple Installation

Traditional AC requires the installation of large ducts throughout the walls of your home. However, mini-split cables only need small, three-inch holes to connect to the outdoor unit. This makes installation and future renovations much simpler when it comes to ductless AC.

Who Should Install Ductless AC?

Ductless mini-splits work great for many homes. However, there are a few downfalls that could make this less desirable for some homeowners. When considering ductless AC, here are the cons to be aware of:

  • They’re typically more expensive to install.
  • These units may be impractical for homes that have existing ductwork.
  • Mini-splits are large and take up wall space.

While these downsides may not be a problem for some homeowners, they can be a dealbreaker for others. If you’re looking for a way to save money on your utility bills and improve the individual comfort of your whole family, ductless is a great option.

Schedule Jefferson Ductless AC Installation

If you’re looking for mini-split experts in the Jefferson area, contact our team at Surgi’s Heating, Cooling & Plumbing. We can help you figure out if ductless AC is right for you and help you install it when you’re ready! Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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