A Complete Guide to Ductless AC

Most people picture a traditional central air conditioning system when they think of A/C. However, you don’t have to have ducts running through the house to enjoy efficient cooling. Ductless  AC systems are a great approach for homes that don’t have ducts, as well as those that need a little supplemental cooling in a particular area. If you’re interested in going ductless, this guide will give you a quick primer to everything you need to know.

How Ductless Works

Ductless air conditioners feature an outdoor condensing unit and indoor evaporator unit. The two are connected via wiring and refrigerant lines that run through a small hole in the wall. Much like a traditional central air conditioner, the ductless system converts low-pressure refrigerant from a liquid to a gas and back again. The liquid pulls heat from the air and sends it outside, then cools incoming air so you have a more comfortable environment in your home.Ductless mini-split installation example

Ductless Options

Ductless systems are small and unobtrusive. They take only a minimal amount of space and can be installed in a day. There are several ways that you can install a ductless system, including a wall unit or ceiling cassette. If you want to get both heating and cooling from your ductless system, you should use a heat pump. This option will deliver both cooling and heat, so you can enjoy its usefulness in any season.

You also have the option of installing a single zone condenser or multi-zone condenser. If you want to add ductless cooling to multiple rooms, a multi-zone condenser can service up to four different units.

How to Incorporate Ductless AC

Most families find that ductless AC is a great supplemental system for their existing air conditioner. You can install a ductless system in rooms that are perpetually toasty, even with your central air conditioner running. This is also an energy-saving solution when you only want cooling in a targeted area. If you spend most of your day in just one or two rooms, you don’t need to pay to cool the entire house. Instead, use a ductless system in those areas only when you’re not using the rest of the house.

A ductless system is also great for areas that aren’t connected to the rest of your AC system, such as the garage or a work shed. If you’re looking for an efficient way to add some cooling to areas without ducts, this is an affordable option that a professional can install quickly and easily.

Benefits of Ductless Systems

Ductless A/C offers many benefits over central air conditioners that rely on ductwork throughout the home. Between 20 and 30 percent of the air circulating through your house is lost to leaky ductwork. Ductless systems are much more efficient, giving you an easy way to control your cooling room-by-room without these losses.

Ductwork also presents some problems in the way of cleanliness. It’s difficult to get up in your ducts and eliminate dust, dirt, and allergens. Over time, these will accumulate in your ductwork and may leach into the air as it circulates through your system. Ductless systems are a cleaner option that can help you improve indoor air quality quickly.

If you want to learn more about the benefits of a ductless system, it’s important to turn to a qualified HVAC professional. Contact ESCO at 801-204-9444 to find out how ductless AC can work for your home. We offer experienced HVAC professionals who can help assess your needs, work with your budget, and find the best system for your home. You could be benefiting from all the perks of a ductless system in time for efficient cooling this summer.