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What is a Ductless Air Conditioner?


Apr 17, 2018

What is a ductless air conditioner?

 

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With the summer quickly approaching in Northern Virginia, it’s a great time to get your home ready for the upcoming warm weather! A quality air conditioning system can make or break your summer. 
 
If your central air conditioning system is old and in need of repair or replacement, or you’re tired of using window units and portable air conditioners to cool your space, you might want to consider making the switch to a ductless cooling system.
 
 
A ductless air conditioner is exactly that — an air conditioner that operates without ductwork. Ductless air conditioners, like central cooling systems, have two main components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor air unit. Another important element of ductless air conditioners is the conduit, which links the outdoor and indoor units.
 
The difference between ductless and traditional AC systems is that the indoor unit is installed directly in the room it services, rather than in the attic or basement with ducts guiding conditioned air throughout the home. 
 
Let’s explore how ductless air conditioners work and the various benefits they can provide. 

 

How do ductless air conditioners work?

 
Central air conditioning systems operate by forcing cooled air through ducts, whereas ductless air conditioners deliver air directly into different areas of your home. 
 
 
The indoor unit eliminates the need for air ducts by drawing in warm air, cooling it over cold evaporator coils, and blowing the cold air back into the room. The refrigerant in the coils absorbs heat from the warm air and transfers the heat to the outdoor unit, leaving cold air to be pushed back into your home. 
 
Ductless air conditioners can serve as a central cooling system by connecting multiple indoor units to a single outdoor unit. This allows your entire home to be cooled without the need to install or update ductwork. 

 

What are the advantages of a ductless air conditioner?

 
Ductless cooling systems have become increasingly popular over the last few years because they offer significant benefits, such as costs savings, temperature control, and much more! Here are some of the greatest advantages of installing a ductless air conditioning system:
 
Cost-Effective
 
Overall cost savings is one of the biggest reasons why homeowners switch to ductless air conditioning systems, even though the upfront costs can be pricier than some other air conditioning options. 
 
Ductless systems are smaller than traditional AC systems and use less power because conditioned air is delivered directly into specific rooms, which means homeowners no longer have to cool rooms that aren’t frequently occupied. 
 
Increased Comfort
 
A ductless air conditioning system allows you to have full control over how you cool your home is cooled based on how many indoor units you want and where you want them installed. 
 
Living rooms with a lot of sun exposure require direct cooling, while basements or storage rooms can go without air conditioning for a while. Ductless air conditioners give homeowners the ability to customize their cooling system to meet their unique needs. 
 
Better Air Quality
 
Traditional HVAC systems operate using air ducts that must be regularly maintained in order to keep dust, dirt, and allergens from circulating throughout your home. Ductless systems require minimal maintenance and offer multi-stage filtration that can eliminate airborne particulates. Say goodbye to those pesky allergy symptoms!
 
Quick and Easy Installation 
 
Installing or updating ductwork needed for traditional central cooling systems can take several weeks. Ductless air conditioners only require two components — and indoor air unit and an outdoor compressor — which means they are less invasive and faster to install. If you’re interested in scheduling an installation for your ductless cooling system, contact one of our HVAC professionals in Warrenton.   
 
Noise-Free Operation
 
Central cooling systems and window units can be noisy and distracting, especially at night when you’re trying to sleep. With a ductless air conditioner, the noisiest element of the cooling system — the motor in the compressor — is located outside, so you’ll be able to enjoy cool air in silence. 
 
Ductless Heating
 
When you install a ductless cooling system, you’re updating your heating system as well. All of the cost-efficiency and comfort benefits you get from cooling your home with a ductless system apply to heating your home throughout the winter months, too.

 

Prep Your Home for Summer Heat

 
Is a ductless air conditioning system right for your home? Find out! Talk to one of the HVAC experts on our team of five-star technicians. Give us a call to schedule an appointment at 1-877-740-6657 or contact us online now. 

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