Unlike central air conditioning systems, which require extensive ductwork and a core cooling unit, ductless minisplit air conditioners are the solutions to your individual cooling needs. These little systems are perfect for ductless houses, spaces where it could be too costly to upgrade, or smaller space such as apartments, room additions or off-building studios.
What exactly is a ductless minisplit air conditioner?
Instead of installing a large cooling unit in your home and pumping cold air through your ventilation system, ductless minisplit air conditioners are installed in individual rooms to meet your cools needs. The units have two parts: an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor unit. There’s a central conduit that ties the two pieces together.
A three-inch hole is drilled through your wall and connected using a conduit. Fortunately, most manufacturers can provide varying lengths of conduits so you can mount the unit inside, and run the conduit cable down to an outdoor unit. No need to worry about hanging the unit off the side of the house and ruining the look of your home.
The major advantage to this system is that it offers you a controlled cooling solutions. Unlike central cooling, which unless setup to zone, will simply cool your entire home. Ductless minisplit air conditioners can be installed in whichever rooms you want to cool and turned on and off at your convenience. For example, if you front room receives a lot of sun but your back den is often cold, you only need to install a ductless minisplit air conditioner in the front space. As a result, you only pay to heat that space rather than all the rooms in your home. Finally, “Duct losses can account for more than 30% of energy consumption for space conditioning, especially if the ducts are in an unconditioned space such as an attic.” ductless minisplit air conditioners don’t have ducts so that loss isn’t an issue at all!
Another example, if you have a studio built on your property, for example a writing or painting studio in your yard, and you want to air condition it in the summer without connecting it to your central heating system. A ductless minisplit air conditioner is the perfect energy efficient solution, rather than those old, loud, clunky air conditioners. Besides, those old air conditioners often leave your windows vulnerable to break-ins, whereas ductless minisplit air conditioners allow to completely cool and lock up your spaces without fear of burglary.
If you want to cool your space during the warmest parts of Sacramento summers without the installation costs of central cooling systems, a ductless minisplit air conditioner may be the solution you are looking for.