July 11th, 2018
While central air conditioners are pretty much accepted as the standard method for cooling down Ontario homes in during the hot months of summer, there are instances where central air just doesn’t make sense in some homes.
Sometimes the design of the home simply won’t allow for ductwork to be installed where it would need to be in order to accommodate a central air conditioner. This is especially common in older homes that have no ductwork and rely on radiators or electric baseboard heating to control the temperature in the colder months.
So, what can you do in these situations? Well, the answer will most likely come in the form of a ductless mini-split air conditioner. These clever little home cooling units are the perfect solution for instances where central air conditioning just can’t be installed effectively.
What is a ductless mini-split?
A ductless mini-split consists of many of the same components that are used in central air conditioning, only they have been scaled down and consolidated in to a smaller package to fit in to a wide variety of locations.
The main components of a ductless mini-split include an indoor air-handling unit, an outdoor unit containing the compressor and condenser, and a small conduit that connects the two units through the wall.
Within the conduit you will find the power cord connecting the two units, a tube for the refrigerant to flow between the air handler and the compressor, and some piping for condensation that is routed to the outside to be drained.
The interior air-handling unit is similar in visual appearance to many types of window-mounted air conditioners, although mini-splits are thinner and generally less obtrusive than window air conditioners. They are usually mounted high on the wall in order to provide more effective cooling to the surrounding area of the home.
How does a ductless mini-split work?
Ductless mini-splits work by drawing in air from the room and passing it over the evaporator coils on the inside of the unit, which are cooled by the refrigerant in the system. These cold evaporator coils pull the heat and excess moisture out of the air before blowing it back in to the room. The refrigerant then returns to the condenser on the exterior of the home to release the heat and become cold again. The moisture that was removed from the air during the process is carried through its own tube and drained outside.
What are the pros and cons of a ductless mini-split?
Ductless mini-split air conditioners have many benefits. Often, they are a much more attractive option for homeowners than unsightly window-mounted units, since they don’t obstruct your windows or prevent them from opening or closing on milder days when you want to let some natural air flow in the house.
Ductless mini-splits are easy to control, and often come with remote control units so you can adjust the temperature up or down with the simple touch of a button. They also feature automatic temperature settings and will use their built-in thermostat to maintain the temperature that you select on the control panel.
Ductless mini-splits are effective at cooling specific zones in your home. This is because the cooling power of the systems is localized in the room where the air handling unit is installed. However, this also means that ductless mini-splits may not be ideal for whole-home cooling applications, especially in larger homes or homes that have more than one level. In these instances, you may need to have more than one ductless mini-split installed or consider central air conditioning if installation is possible.
How can I get a ductless mini-split installed?
The first thing you’ll need to do in order to have a ductless mini-split installed is to contact your trusted home comfort professionals and discuss your needs with them. They will schedule an appointment with you to inspect your home and determine the best combination of location installation and unit power to deliver the best results from the ductless mini-split system.
Once you and your home comfort expert have determined all the right model for all the necessary components and the installation location has been chosen, the process is quick and easy and generally takes only a few hours to complete. After the unit is installed and operating, the installation technician will show you how to operate and control the unit and answer any questions you may have.
Who should I call to get started?
If you are interested in learning more about ductless mini-split air conditioners, or would like to arrange a consultation, contact us today and we’d be glad to speak with you! Our professional home comfort experts will walk you through every step of the process and help ensure that you get the right air conditioner for your needs.