Do you live in an older home built without ductwork or are you looking for a more efficient way to cool your home? A ductless mini-split system may be the answer you're looking for. Paul The Plumber can help determine whether a ductless mini-split system is right for you and install it to code. We're your Residential Service Specialists providing indoor comfort solutions tailored to your home's needs.
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No Ductwork? No Problem!
Many older homes do not have built-in ductwork and it can be costly to add ductwork in later on. Even if you are considering adding in ductwork, you may choose not to since ducts can develop pinhole cracks and leaks which can account for 20-40% of total energy consumption.
On the other hand, ductless mini splits do not use air ducts. This is why they are perfect for both old and new homes built without ductwork. Instead, they use an outdoor compressor and indoor air handler to heat and cool your home. Since they do not use ducts, ductless mini splits are more energy efficient as they do not lose energy from leaky ducts as is very common with forced central air systems.
What Exactly Is a Ductless Mini Split AC System & How Are They Installed?
Ductless mini-split systems are energy-efficient heating and cooling systems that allow you to control the temperature of individual rooms. These modern units are comprised of an outdoor condensing unit and an indoor unit. They are a great option for cooling new add-ons in any home, to avoid having to extend existing ductwork.
Here’s a brief overview of how the experts at Paul the Plumber can install a ductless mini-split AC system in your home:
- Selecting the Right Size System: Depending on the size of the space your cooling system needs to accommodate, your HVAC specialist will help you determine what size the indoor unit and outdoor condenser unit should be.
- Installing the Outdoor Unit: The condenser unit should be installed no less than 1 ft away from an exterior wall of your house, with the unit connectors facing the wall, and the vents should never be blocked by bushes or shrubs.
- Running the Lines: Refrigerant lines, electrical wires, and a defrost wire will then be run from the condensing unit through the exterior wall to the indoor unit.
- Installing the Indoor Unit: The indoor component of the system should be mounted high on a wall, or in the ceiling. A 3-inch hole is required in the wall behind the indoor unit to run the lines through.
- Charging and Testing the System: Finally, your HVAC technician will charge your newly-installed AC system with refrigerant and run tests to make sure it is working properly.
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Ductless Mini Split Systems Are Convenient
Ductless mini-split systems are the perfect solution for both old and new homes built and can be easily retrofitted to homes without ducts. They are great for room additions and remodels as well as for energy-efficient homes that do not need a large central AC unit.
Advantages of These Energy Efficient Systems
These modern HVAC systems come with many benefits including:
- Easy to install, simple to use.
- Saves money on energy bills.
- No hot and cold spots.
- Greater control over your indoor comfort.