A ductless air conditioning system distributes cool air and keeps the temperature comfortable in a room without using ductwork. Also called a mini split system, ductless AC units are a common solution for new room additions, sunrooms, rooms that heat up more than others or homes that don’t currently have central AC.
A ductless AC system has two main components: an indoor unit and an outdoor unit. The indoor unit can be mounted on a wall, placed in the floor, or even in the ceiling. The indoor unit delivers the cooled air and is where you control the temperature. A small tube connects the indoor unit to the outdoor unit. The outdoor unit works just like the outdoor unit of a traditional split central AC system — but is just smaller.
Ductless systems are gaining in popularity because of their adaptability and efficiency. Sunrooms, finished basements or garages, new additions or homes built without central air are some of the most common uses.
Homeowners have a few options when looking for a ductless heating and cooling solution. In addition to ductless air conditioners, ductless heat pumps are also a popular solution and offer the added bonus of heating and cooling a room for year round comfort. Zoning systems allow you to link several rooms together.
A ductless heat pump sends cold or warm air to a room without using ductwork or a central system or components. Ductless heat pumps are also commonly called heat pump mini split systems. And remember when shopping, a mini split and a ductless HVAC system are the same thing.
Central air conditioning utilizes a series of ducts to remove heat and humidity from your home, place it outside, and re-distribute it throughout all rooms to ultimately decrease the indoor temperature.
Ductwork is a system of tubes or pipes that carry and distribute air throughout your home.
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