Why Choose a Mini-Split Air Conditioner?
When you think about ways to cool your home, you probably imagine one of two options: a central air conditioner (or heat pump) with vents in every room, or – if your home has no ductwork – individual window units. But there is a third home cooling option that just might be the best fit for your Maryland home: a ductless air conditioning system.
Also known as mini-splits, these compact, quiet systems consist of two components that connect through a small pipe in an external wall: the indoor air handler and the outdoor condenser or heat pump.
Ductless systems are extremely efficient, with most models having SEER ratings of 20 or more – well more than the required 14 rating (and far higher than window units, which typically run in the 14-15 range).
But efficiency is just one benefit of a mini-split system compared to both window and central ACs. You’ll also enjoy improvements in:
- Placement flexibility – Air handlers can be installed wherever you need them – including rooms with no windows. A single condenser can handle up to four air handlers, each of which can be sized to the room you need to cool.
- Cost efficiency – In addition to their high SEER rating, ductless A/Cs give you the ability to create flexible cooling zones in your home, giving you unmatched control over how you spend your cooling energy (and dollars).
- Air quality – While air ducts in home HVAC systems have to be cleaned regularly by professionals, mini-splits have no ducts – which can drastically reduce the dust, bacteria, pollen, allergens and other air-borne nasties floating around in your indoor air.
- Ease of installation – It only takes about a day to install a ductless system, with only a small (3”) pipe hole or two to show for the effort. There’s no need to remodel around ductwork, and no more lugging heavy air conditioners out of your basement or attic.
- Environmental performance – With a ductless system you’ll not only save energy, you’ll also use a more ozone-friendly refrigerant called R410A.
Ductless air conditioners can also be a great way to add supplemental air conditioning to your centrally-cooled home – in an renovation or addition, for example, or in a newly finished basement or attic.
Could a ductless air conditioner be right for you? Let’s talk about it! Contact Carroll today to get a FREE, no obligation estimate and explore the possibilities.