Why would you consider a ductless mini-split air conditioner? Well – first, let’s understand what it is! A ductless AC system, which consists of a wall-mounted indoor unit and an outside compressor, offers a practical alternative to window units and conventional AC. Unlike window units that use more energy and take a lot longer to cool a space, ductless mini-split ACs offer top of the line energy-efficiency as well as quick cooling qualities – not to mention it runs a lot quieter.
When considering options for heating and cooling as a homeowner, it is crucial to explore various choices available. In this regard, there are several compelling reasons why you should contemplate investing in a ductless mini-split AC.
1. Energy Efficiency
Traditional air conditioners rely on a series of central air ducts to transport cooled air from the blower to the rooms of your home. The only problem here is that air can be very difficult to move since every time the cooled air is in your ducts, it loses some of its temperature by just reaching its desired destination. By the time the conditioned air comes out of the register, it does not have the same temperature as how it left the blower, meaning that your system works extra hard to get your home to the set temperature.
Having ducts means that some energy waste is guaranteed with the nature of your system. Also, ductwork issues such as pinholes and cracks allow cooled air to leak out of the ducts. This increases your energy costs. It is estimated that about 20% of the air that passes through air ducts is lost. Fortunately, a ductless mini-split air conditioner does not come with any of these problems. This is because it does not use a series of ductwork to deliver conditioned air to your home. Simply, since there are no ducts, there is no energy that can be wasted in the ductwork.
2. Easy Installation
Installing a ductless mini-split AC system can be very easy, especially when Apollo Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning professional technician handles the installation. Furthermore, when compared to traditional AC systems that require extensive ductwork, installing a ductless mini-split AC can be even easier and less invasive. Since it does not require ductwork, there is no need for expensive and complex modifications to your existing home structure. This makes it ideal for older buildings or homes where ductwork installation can be difficult or impossible.
Ductless mini-split AC installation mainly involves mounting the outdoor and indoor units. They are then connected with refrigerant lines and electrical connections. Keep in mind that without any modifications to the existing electrical infrastructure, the entire installation process can last a few hours. The modular design of the system also further simplifies the installation process. Every indoor unit can be installed independently, allowing for placement and zoning flexibility. A single outdoor unit can support two to five outdoor units, providing personalized cooling solutions for the different areas inside your home.
3. Zoning Capability
Another reason you should consider a ductless mini-split AC is its built-in zoning capability. This feature allows you to control temperature individually in different rooms or zones in your home, which is useful if different parts of your home have unique cooling needs. For instance, if a sunroom gets warmer than the rest of your home on a given day, you can adjust the temperature in that room without cooling the entire home.
In addition, you can program each indoor unit independently to operate on a certain schedule, so you only use energy when necessary. As a result, you get more accurate temperature control, less energy waste, and reduced system wear and tear. Built-in zoning is key in reducing energy usage since you do not have to cool spaces if you are not using them.
4. Improved Air Quality
Besides providing precise temperature control, ductless mini-split ACs can also help enhance the air quality in your home. Traditional AC systems rely on ductwork to deliver conditioned air throughout your home. The ductwork can become dirty over time, which leads to poor air quality. On the contrary, ductless mini-split ACs use a small conduit that connects the indoor and outdoor units, eliminating the need for ductwork. Thus, there is better air quality as there is no ductwork for dust, allergens, and debris to accumulate.
One key feature of many ductless mini-split AC systems is their multi-stage filtration system. These filters play a vital role in trapping and removing harmful particles from the air, such as mold, dirt, and bacteria. Removing and cleaning these filters at least once a month using a vacuum cleaner is recommended to ensure optimal performance. This particularly benefits individuals with allergies or respiratory issues seeking better air quality.
5. Silent Operation
Another noteworthy characteristic of ductless mini-split ACs is their silent operation compared to other HVAC systems commonly found in homes. These units are designed specifically with low-level noise emissions ranging between 19 to 32 decibels. Such minimal noise disturbances grant homeowners peaceful environments free from constant interruptions caused by banging sounds or humming noises often associated with conventional AC systems. Moreover, both the indoor and outdoor units are located away from each other, meaning that you will not have to worry about hearing any external noises or vibrations from the compressor.
6. Increased Home Value
Even when the ducts of a traditional HVAC system are tightly sealed, a percentage of cooling energy gets lost as air circulates through the system to the living spaces. However, a ductless mini-split AC ensures that no energy is lost. The energy savings generated by the lack of ducts in a mini-split is of instant value and continues over the system’s entire lifetime. Replacing or sealing the ductwork of traditional HVAC systems can be costly for existing and potential homeowners.
Therefore, ductless mini-splits increase your home’s value by eliminating such a home improvement project and the associated expenses. The costs of energy and environmental concerns are constantly rising, meaning that potential home buyers are looking for home efficiency. These mini-splits offer SEER ratings that are higher than standard ACs. Consequently, the home costs the buyer less to cool, adding to the value of the home by presenting a high-efficiency HVAC that most people are constantly looking for.
There are many reasons why you should consider a ductless mini-split AC system as a homeowner. Traditional AC systems waste a lot of energy because of the ductwork, as opposed to ductless mini-splits. You will also enjoy a fast installation process with a mini-split system in addition to having your home have minimal modifications. Furthermore, with their zoning capability, you can control temperatures in specific rooms in your home, meaning you will not be wasting energy.
Call the Experts
At Apollo Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, we understand how uncomfortable a home can be during the summer season. Energy bills can also dramatically go up. We offer expert HVAC installation and maintenance services for various HVAC systems, including ductless mini-split systems. In addition, our experienced technicians will help you determine if a ductless mini-split AC system is the right choice for your home and offer guidance on system selection.
We can also complete the installation process as quickly as possible, without compromising quality. We also provide additional plumbing, heating, and cooling services in the surrounding areas of Portland & Vancouver WA, and Boise, ID.
If you are a resident of the Pacific Northwest region give us a call at Apollo Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning today and schedule an appointment.