Posted by K-Star on Jun 28th 2020

"What is a Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioner?" and Other Related Common Questions

What is a ductless mini-split air conditioning system?

Mini-split air conditioners have two main components: an outdoor compressor / condenser and an indoor air handling unit.

Like central systems, the conduit houses the power cable, refrigerant tubing, and a condensate drain. And the conduit links the indoor and outdoor units.

Why should I buy a ductless mini-split air conditioning system?

Mini-splits are small in size and very flexible for zoning, because no ductwork is needed for heating and cooling individual rooms or areas. Each unit has its own thermostat, so it can be adjusted to the preferred temperature.

Compared with other add-on systems, mini splits offer more flexibility in interior design options. The indoor air handlers can be suspended from a ceiling, mounted flush into a drop ceiling, or hung on a wall. Floor-standing models are also available. Our mini-split units also come with a remote control to make it easier to turn the system on and off when it's positioned high on a wall. Split-systems can also help to keep your home safer, because there is only a small hole in the wall. Through-the-wall and window mounted room air-conditioners can provide an easy entrance for intruders.

What are mini-split air conditioners used for?

Mini-splits can be effectively used in both residential and commercial buildings. Currently, they are commonly used in multi-family housing or retrofit as add-ons to homes with "non-ducted" heating systems. They can also be a good choice for room additions and small apartments, where installing ductwork (for a central air-conditioner or heating systems) is not feasible, practical, or economic. Other uses include school classrooms, perimeter cooling for office buildings, additional cooling for office buildings, additional cooling for restaurant kitchens, and cooling for small offices. They can also readily cool smaller areas within larger spaces, such as arenas, warehouses, or auditoriums.

But are they energy-efficient?

Since mini-splits have no ducts, they avoid the energy loss associated with the ductwork of central forced air systems. Such energy loss can account for more than 30% of energy consumption, especially if the ducts are in a non-air conditioned space, such as an attic.

What if I get cold? Are mini-splits capable of heating?

Yes. Ductless mini-split systems are available in both air conditioner and air conditioner / heat pump models.