Ductless mini-splits are one of the most popular air-conditioning systems in the world today. They offer unmatched versatility and also prove to be cost-effective in the long run. The concept was made commercially viable in the 1970s by Japanese air-conditioning companies. It was adopted for mass production by the world soon after that. Their ability to offer different air-conditioning levels in different parts of the home has proven to be a boon for North Carolina homeowners.
What is a ductless mini-split, and how does it work?
This technology is called a split system. It separates the two major components of any air-conditioning unit — the compressor unit and air-distribution units. The compressor or condenser unit can be installed at a strategic exterior spot, while the air-disbursal units are installed in various rooms. An air-disbursal unit consists of a thermostat for temperature regulation and vents for air delivery. It also has inlet and outlet ducts for two-way circulation of air. The exterior and interior units are connected by a network of copper-wire tubes that transports air to and from the exterior unit.
Here are three advantages you’ll enjoy when you make the switch to a versatile ductless mini-split HVAC system:
Freedom from ducting
The ductless feature of this technology is a big advantage for those who want to install a new heating or cooling system in their home or building or replace an existing system. In particular, it benefits older units that do not have a master ducting system, since it helps to do away with the need for ducting altogether.
All you need is a network of tubing that connects the outdoor unit with the various indoor units. The ductless system saves time, money, and the potential problem of creating a new ducting system that can likely damage your home or the building structurally. If you use an HVAC system that requires you to install ductwork in your building, you will have to live with the ugly patches it leaves behind and pay more to cover them up.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), ductless systems consume over 30% less energy than ducted systems. Further, according to ENERGY STAR, a government-backed energy efficiency rating agency, ductless mini-splits transfer heat rather than generating it. Hence, ENERGY STAR-certified ductless systems consume 60% less energy than conventional units.
And. because of significant energy saving, ductless mini-split systems prove to be cost-efficient in the long run. When you use less energy, you save more money.
Flexible and custom cooling or heating
With this system, you can install multiple indoor units that can offer custom air-conditioning options. This offers added convenience and comfort. For example, if a family member has a cough or cold, they can sleep in a warmer room while the rest of the family can still enjoy a cooler atmosphere.
The ductless mini-splits are a great way to enjoy comfortable and cost-efficient living or working conditions. An experienced and professional HVAC service can help you select the best air-conditioning configuration for your home or office.
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