Installing a standard, central air conditioning system is no longer your only option. These days, more and more homeowners are instead opting for a type of system called ductless mini-split air conditioning. This sort of system consists of an outdoor condenser, plus an air handler that is mounted to your wall. So what are the advantages of ductless mini splits over central air conditioners? Take a look.
They take up less space.
If you don't have a basement or have limited space in your basement, you may not have a great place to put a big air conditioning unit. You certainly don't want to trip over it in your living space! Ductless mini-splits are much more space-efficient since the only indoor components are the air handlers, which are mounted on the walls. They're mounted far up the walls, out of the way, too. Heat rises, so cooling from further up the wall helps counteract this.
You can have multiple air handlers.
Say you want to cool the main living area in your home, but also the bedroom. You can have two air handler units paired with one outdoor compressor. Each air handler will also be able to be controlled independently. So, for instance, you could keep one part of the home at 65 degrees and the other part at 68 degrees. This allows you to save energy by not over-cooling your whole home just to get one room really cool. It also allows for compromise between, say, one person who wants it cool in the living room and someone else who wants their bedroom a bit warmer.
If you want to add additional air handlers down the road, this is fairly easy for your HVAC contractor to do.
You don't need ducts.
As the name suggests, these systems do not rely on ducts to deliver cool air. As such, they work really well in homes that don't have heat. They also work well in homes that have boiler heating. Running ducts is often the most invasive aspect of installing air conditioning, and choosing a ductless mini-split system allows you to avoid doing so.
If you need air conditioning in your home, talk to your HVAC contractor about installing a ductless mini-split system. These systems give you more control, allow you to have several air handlers, and allow you to avoid running ducts through your wall spaces.
For more information about residential AC, contact a local contractor.