Ductless Mini Splits in Boise, ID
If your house does not already have built-in ducts, installing the central AC system can be a costly and time consuming process. Although central AC is a convenient way to cool down a whole house, many homes and budgets just cannot accommodate these kinds of systems. Henceforth, what can be the other alternatives to rely upon?
If you live in a drier climate, one cost-effective solution is an evaporative cooler, also known as a swamp cooler. Unfortunately, these units tend to be noisy and are limited in their ability to cool. There are many homes now who are going for the ductless mini-split system. This AC system is easy to install and is energy efficient as well.
How does ductless air conditioning work?
In a house that uses a ductless systems there is an outside condenser and air handling units. Air handlers draw in room air, cool it with a refrigerant, and return it into the room. The heat is transferred to the outdoor system via a conduit that expels the energy into the atmosphere.
The fans in the air handlers are designed to not be any louder than central air conditioning and are much quieter than a plug-in fan. Fortunately, the loudest system component, the condenser, is installed outdoors, just as it is with central AC.
A ductless system’s air handlers can be mounted on or recessed into the ceiling or a wall in each of the rooms to be cooled. You can choose to have a separate control for each air handler or to have them all connected to a central thermostat.
If you like different temperatures in different parts of your home, you can have multiple thermostats installed. You might want to have separate thermostats for different floors or in rooms that aren’t used very often, such as guest rooms. It is usually possible to program ductless systems to have up to four different zones.
What are the benefits of ductless systems?
A ductless mini-split AC system is simple to install, and a good option for homes without ductwork. Homeowners can pick the kind of air handlers that they will have with this system and where these air handlers will be placed in each room. The ones that are mounted on your wall or ceiling can be a bit pricier, but they can also be more visually attractive.
In order to retrofit a home with ducts to accommodate central air conditioning holes need to be cut in walls and ceilings, and you may even lose closet space. On the other hand, a ductless system will only need a small hole to connect the indoor air handler with your outdoor unit.
Ductless air conditioning systems save energy because the cool air doesn’t travel through large-diameter ducts. Up to 30% of the energy used to cool a house can be lost in the ductwork, which results to a higher energy bill for the homeowner. The energy waste is caused by leaks, holes and gaps in seams in the ductwork.
A mini-split system allows you to set “zones” in your home so that you’re not cooling your entire house at the same time. So, for bedrooms upstairs, homeowners can set the temperature for optimum sleeping while not having to worry about the temperature downstairs until morning. You’ll find that this will help save you money on your power bill.
Ductless systems are also advantageous over window air conditioning units because they don’t have risks that come with partially open window. They are also more flexible in terms of placement, as they can be located anywhere rather than just in windows. They can function year-round, as they can be set to warm the house in the winter.
Custom home installation of ductless mini-split air conditioning units can be best worked out by an air conditioning expert. They will help you assess your home to decide how many units you need to cool the room and discuss zoning with you, if necessary.
Some homeowners think they can install a ductless system on their own, but it takes a trained professional to do the wiring and handle toxic refrigerant safely. An expert can also advise on the better placement of your air handlers and the best style of units suitable for your home. If you have a problem with your ductless system, an experienced professional will repair or replace it and get your home comfortable again in no time.