Palm Coast is home to many beautiful houses that have been around since the early 1900s. Many older homes in the area were not designed with air conditioning as part of the original plan. For this reason, they lack the ductwork needed for central air or heating.
Ductless mini-splits are a great option for efficient cooling in older homes lacking ductwork. A ductless system is made up of smaller units that are connected to an outdoor unit. The indoor units work together or independently to distribute conditioned air throughout the home or in individual rooms. Mini-splits offer comfort comparable to central air conditioning units while requiring a fraction of the installation effort in homes without ductwork.
What Is a Ductless Mini-Split Unit?
At its most basic, a ductless mini-split air conditioner has an outdoor and indoor unit. The two units are linked via refrigerant tubing and electrical wiring. The indoor unit is typically mounted on the wall and delivers cooled air directly to the room without requiring ductwork.
A ductless mini-split is also referred to as a single zone system. This is because it is designed to provide cooling or heating to one area. With most systems, you can have one essential outdoor unit and several indoor units providing comfort for the entire home.
Installation flexibility is one of the biggest pros of ductless mini-split units. There are infinite styles of indoor units available. Since installation only requires a hole in the wall for refrigerant lines and wiring, ductless units are some of the most versatile and easy systems to install.
The Basic Workings of a Ductless Mini-Split Unit
The condenser unit is installed outside your home, typically on the roof or attached to an exterior wall. A small hole is made in the wall, and tubing is pulled into the home and connected to the individual indoor units. This gives you as a homeowner a customized cooling solution.
You can choose only to activate the indoor unit in one room, thereby cooling the air in just one room. Or you can activate multiple units to cool the air throughout your entire home. During the summer months, the indoor unit will transfer the heat from the inside to the outdoor unit. This is what reduces the temperature in the room.
If the mini-split system you have installed is a heat pump, then during colder months, the process is reversed. It draws heat from the outside to increase the home’s indoor temperature.
Mini-split systems operate quietly and provide a continual flow of cool air without the cycling on and off that is indicative of conventional central air conditioning systems.
As a result, temperature swings are eliminated, and you can enjoy constant comfort. Mini split units are becoming popular in Palm Coast, especially in older homes. If you live in a home that lacks ductwork and would like to have air conditioning installed, the technicians at Cook’s Air Conditioning and Heating Specialists would be more than happy to go and evaluate your home and discuss options available to make your home a comfortable place to live.
How Well Do Ductless Air Conditioners Work When Compared to Traditional Central Air Conditioning?
They work exceptionally well. Your ductless air conditioner follows the same principles as a traditional central air conditioner. The difference is that with a central air conditioner, there is one centrally located indoor unit that delivers cold air to the home via a blower fan that pushes the air through a series of ducts and vents. With a ductless air conditioner, the indoor unit blows cooled air directly into the area where it is located.
The indoor unit of a ductless system will have an evaporator coil and a blower fan. The outdoor unit has a compressor coil and compressor fan.
The indoor unit is usually mounted high up on an interior wall. Console units are available for homes where wall mounting is not possible or is not desirable.
Single-Zone Versus Multi-Zone Systems
A single-zone ductless air conditioner can be installed so that one indoor unit corresponds to one outdoor compressor. The compressor is responsible for transporting refrigerant and power to the indoor unit via the refrigerant tubing.
In a multi-zone system, one outdoor compressor powers several units. Each unit is controlled by a wireless remote control. This gives you flexibility in configuring comfort solutions for your home. You have the option to add additional compressor units in the future. This way, you can add additional indoor units if you remodel or expand your living space.
What Benefits Do Ductless Mini Split Units Offer?
There are several benefits to ductless mini-split units. They are more energy efficient, operate quieter than central air, and allow you tailored and improved overall home comfort. Since no expensive renovations are required to install ductwork, installing a mini-split in one or two areas of your home could be less expensive than installing a central air conditioning unit and ductwork.
Ductless mini-split units are perfect for older homes that do not have central air conditioning or for any home that does not have ductwork already installed. They are great for additions to your home or rooms that are not regularly used. At Cook’s Air Conditioning and Heating Specialists , we have helped many clients choose the best home cooling solution. Our technicians are happy to evaluate your home, review your options, and give you suggestions that can keep you cool all summer long.
Common Questions about Ductless Mini-Splits
A common question is whether ductless air conditioners pull air from outside. The answer is no. Like a ducted HVAC system, ductless air conditioners recycle the air already in your home.
Some wonder if ductless AC systems need ventilation. Again, the answer is no. Ductless systems do not need to be vented outside of your home. They don’t create harmful gases that need to be removed from your home.
Do ductless systems use air filters? Yes. The system helps purify the air in your home because it has an air filter that helps trap unwanted particles and prevent them from recirculating.
Are there any potential downsides to ductless air conditioning systems? Yes. The installation of a mini-split system may be more expensive than a traditional ducted system, especially if you need multiple indoor units in your home. However, you should see utility-saving costs in the long run. Additionally, unlike central air conditioning systems that push air through vents in the floor or ceiling, the mini split unit is mounted on the wall and can be seen in the room. Thankfully, most designs are sleek, adding to the home’s overall aesthetic.
Providing Solutions That Keep Palm Coast Residents Comfortable
If you’re looking for help with a Palm Coast heating or air conditioning system, look no further than Cook’s Air Conditioning and Heating Specialists . We are proud to offer service that is done right the first time. We have a one-fix 100% satisfaction guarantee. We have been in the business for decades and offer emergency 24/7 maintenance and repair.
Our services include HVAC installation, maintenance, and repair. We work in commercial and residential settings. We are specialists in indoor air quality and can provide recommendations on making the air you and your family breathe safer. Contact Cook’s Air Conditioning and Heating Specialists today to see if ductless mini-split air conditioning units are the right solution for your home.