Most homes in Texas are cooled using a central air setup that uses ductwork, but that isn’t the only way to cool your house. Whether you are thinking of completely upgrading your cooling system or modifying certain parts of it, ductless air conditioning could help you escape the heat this summer.
Efficient Systems knows the impact indoor temperatures have on your overall health, productivity and comfort. We want you to make the best investment decision based on your budget, home and needs, so keep reading to learn more about ductless mini-split systems.
Ductless Air Conditioning: The Basics
A mini-split cooling system, also known as ductless AC, is made up of individual, usually wall-mounted, air-handling units in any room of a home that needs cooled air. Each unit connects and transfers heat to an outdoor compressor with a refrigerant line. They are controlled by separate remotes, making custom climate control available in each room.
Central air conditioners treat and distribute cool air through a system of ductwork using a condenser coil, compressor, evaporator coil and fans. These components absorb and remove heat by converting refrigerant between gas and liquid forms, and are controlled by your thermostat.
Best Homes For Mini-Splits
Ductless mini-split systems are great for older buildings without existing ductwork, making them a cost-effective alternative when you have a tight budget or leaky ductwork. They can also be combined with central AC to treat trouble spots, accommodate room additions and end thermostat battles!
Ultimately, your comfort goals, budget and lifestyle will help determine if a ductless setup is right for your home. In our hot climate, they can be a great addition to boost traditional cooling methods in specific areas and provide you with complete comfort flexibility. With the right combination of systems, you can gain the benefits of new technology without replacing the entire setup, or sacrificing efficiency and budget.
Other Advantages Of Ductless Cooling Include:
- Easier to install
- Runs more quietly than central air units
- Easy, DIY maintenance
- Doesn’t start and stop throughout the day, so rooms stay at a constant temperature
- Compact sizes that are also available in ceiling and floor-mounted options
- Some models have the highest efficiency ratings of all cooling methods
- Can move heat indoors during the winter
Mini-splits are cost-effective in the long run – but are more expensive to install than window units, and it can be tricky to find professional installers. If they aren’t sized or placed correctly, they won’t run efficiently.
Homes with large, open floor plans cool more effectively by traditional cooling than by mini-split systems. And, some homeowners don’t like the appearance of wall-mounted units.
Ductless AC Installation
Compared to central AC, mini-split systems have many advantages, but HVAC units are important investments and should be carefully considered. Depending on your specific cooling needs, like for garages, add-ons and closed-off spaces, ductless could be the best option for you.
If you think a ductless cooling setup is a good fit for your home, or need help weighing your options, call Efficient Systems! Our commitment to supplying Beaumont and the surrounding areas with the best HVAC services and products since 1979 make us the premier providers of home cooling services in Southeast Texas. With our Shield of Protection and Ironclad Guarantees, we’ve got you covered.