Many people wonder if installing a Ductless AC will work for their specific application. The answer is yes! Ductless Mini Split AC and Heat Pump systems will work in your home or office. Ductless AC's have evolved from one room use that they started out as. Now we are able to use multiple indoor units (up to 8) for each outdoor unit. As a matter of fact, homes that utilize only ductless mini split air conditioners and heat pumps are being built today.
Here's a good way to look at it. When you walk through the front door of your home or office and hit the light switch, do all the lights come on? Of course not. So why is it that when you turn your central air conditioning and heating system on, it cools or heats the entire home instead of the area you are in? Ductless mini splits save money in many ways, but the ability to only cool or heat the areas that are occupied instead of the entire home is the major energy saver.
Another feature of ductless mini splits that make them so energy efficient is their variable speed compressors. The compressors use inverter technology which allow them have a full range of capacity, using only the energy that's needed. The unit takes measurements of the room air temperature every 15 seconds along with other readings, such as refrigerant temperature and pressure. With these readings, the compressor ramps up or down to maintain the temperature set point. Traditional single speed central air conditioners typically run at full blast consuming the most energy, all the time. Ductless mini splits only use whats absolutely necessary to achieve comfortable temperatures.
Being that the indoor unit is located within the climate controlled area, it saves energy because they have no duct heat loss or gain. You don't have to worry about wasted energy by air conditioning or heating your attic. All the conditioned air is distributed the area in which it serves.
Whether you're looking turn your garage into an apartment or replace your central ac and heating system, a ductless mini split installation may be the best choice moving forward. The energy savings and increased comfort levels are well worth the transition. If you have any questions concerning ductless mini splits, we want to hear from you!