More and more homeowners are shifting to ductless mini-split air conditioners for a lot of reasons including efficiency, improved comfort, and savings. If you are thinking of upgrading to this type but have a bunch of questions on your mind, we can help you set things out. We have here the answers to the top 5 frequently asked questions about ductless mini-split air conditioners.
- What is a Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioner?
Just as it sounds, a ductless mini split A/C is a mini version of a split A/C which does not use a duct to deliver cold air in the house. Many prefer this type to prevent a huge amount of energy loss which typically happens in the duct system. The main parts of a ductless mini split A/C are the evaporator or the indoor component, the condenser or the outdoor component and the conduit which connects the outdoor and indoor parts.
- Why should I install a mini split A/C?
Ductless mini split A/C units are easier installed than other types of A/C. They are also more efficient in saving energy. If you need additional cooling for your home additions, sunrooms, garage or the zones of your home, a ductless mini-split system is the best option.
- What’s the difference between a window A/C and a ductless mini-split A/C?
Both of these types can cool a single room without the need for a duct system. However, a ductless mini split A/C can still cool up to 4 rooms to one condenser unit by adding more evaporator coils. It is also more efficient and long-lasting.
- Can I install a ductless mini-split myself?
Of course not. Although the system does not require the clunky ductwork activities, it does not necessarily mean that there are no complications in the process. Just like a typical A/C installation, you still need to calculate for the proper sizing, placement, and pressurizing of refrigerant lines to comply with the manufacturer’s specifications. These things should only be done by professional technicians.
- How much does a ductless mini-split system cost?
The cost of the system depends on your desired energy efficiency rating, size, number of evaporator coils and the brand. According to the US Department of Energy, a ductless mini-split A/C generally costs $1500-$2500 dollars per ton of cooling capacity. That’s 30% more than the cost of a central A/C (ductwork expenses are not included) and twice as much as window units of the same capacity.
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