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How Does Ductless AC Work?

Ductless air conditioners are a growing trend in the HVAC industry. More and more homeowners are choosing ductless AC systems over the more traditional central AC. But how do ductless systems work, and why are they so popular? The experts at My Guy Heating & Air are here to explain.

How Ductless Works

When it comes down to it, ductless air conditioners aren’t all that different than the central AC systems most of us are accustomed to. True to their name, ductless air conditioning systems cool your home without air ducts. Instead, they cool a given space directly, blowing the conditioned air from a wall-mounted AC unit.

Like a central AC, ductless systems consist of an indoor unit and an outdoor unit that connect through your home’s exterior wall. The air conditioner works by extracting heat from the air inside through the evaporator coils, carrying it outside to be released into the air by the condenser coil. The cold refrigerant in the coils then travels back inside and repeats the process, cooling the room.

Cooling Your Whole House With Ductless

Because ductless AC units are only made to cool a small space (as opposed to the entire house like central cooling), homeowners generally need several ductless units to cool their homes. This is where mini-split systems come in. Mini-split ductless air conditioners provide conditioned air using multiple indoor units connected to one outdoor unit.

Benefits of Ductless AC

If ductless air conditioning strays so far from the design most of us are used to, why are they so popular? Ductless AC systems come with a host of benefits that make them the ideal choice for many homeowners. Some of these include:

  • Built-in zoning capabilities
  • High energy efficiency
  • Combine heating and cooling in one system
  • Sleek, aesthetically pleasing design
  • Versatile design for unique needs

With so many clear benefits, it’s no surprise that so many people are “going ductless.” The main factor driving the popularity of ductless systems is their high efficiency. Not only do ductless systems come with higher efficiency ratings than central systems, but they also don’t lose efficiency to ductwork. Central ACs can experience up to a 30 % energy loss due to air ducts.

When Ductless Is Right For You

Now that you know how ductless works, you might be wondering whether it’s the right choice for your home. Ductless AC is often the perfect choice for those looking to find a solution to unique or difficult heating and cooling needs. Adding space to your home through an add-on or finished garage can be difficult if your current AC wasn’t sized to accommodate the addition. For this reason, many people use ductless systems to cool guesthouses, garages, attics, basements and new renovations.

In addition, many homes built before the 1970s weren’t made to accommodate central cooling. Since there’s no room for ductwork the best way to cool these homes is by installing ductless mini-splits.

For the ductless mini-split installation Escondido residents trust, choose My Guy Heating & Air. Contact us today for more information or to begin a service request.

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