Ductless Air Conditioning Systems
Ductless air conditioning systems or ductless HVAC systems are beautifully efficient and provide consistent room temperature. It is a mini-split system unit placed in each room. It consists of a wall-mounted indoor unit combined with an outside compressor.
The indoor units collect the humidity and heat from the house and connect to one outdoor compressor that releases the warm air outside.
Unlike window units, ductless units require a tiny hole drilled into the wall. Once installed, you can customize and choose various indoor accessories for a ductless unit, such as ceiling recessed and register or floor mount.
The Advantages of a Ductless System
A ductless cooling system is exceedingly energy efficient because it doesn’t lose air through duct leaks. It also has integrated zoning, where you get complete control of each room’s temperature and inverter compressors that adjust to the system’s needs without shutting down the entire system.
You’ll get lower energy bills, but this still depends on local electricity rates, the amount of time you use the system, and the current climate in your area.
It is also easy to install, unnoticeable and noiseless, and has fewer security problems.
The Cons of a Ductless System
- Cost. For a single room, it will be more expensive compared to window units or baseboard heating units. For the whole house, replacing your existing HVAC system with a ductless one is more costly than purchasing one with ducts.
- Maintenance. Air filters in a ductless system require regular cleaning to eliminate dust and debris. More frequently if you have pets or if someone smokes inside your house.
- Aesthetics. The ductless system comes in standard white or beige.
- Climate. Those who live in cold climates need a fuel backup to run ductless heat.
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Reasons to Choose a Ductless System
- If someone smokes, that room will not share ductwork with the rest of the house.
- If you add a new room, a ductless system will be adequately sized to accommodate the new space without stealing the air from other rooms or overloading your existing HVAC system.
A ductless system is perfect for creating independent temperature zones through a thermostat.
Signs Your Ductless Air Conditioner Needs a Repair
- Unresponsive Controls. Either the reversing valve needs replacement, or there is an electrical issue.
- Unusual Electric Bills. As your system ages, the efficiency declines. If you use a new unit, clogged air filters or failing parts could be the issue.
- Decrease in cooling capacity. It might be a refrigerant leak.
- Unusual noise comes from the indoor unit. It could indicate that the greased bearings have worn down, resulting in the air handler motor overheating and burning out.
- Ice is forming on the outdoor unit. Common issues include clogged air filters, thermostat malfunctions, a broken fan, refrigerant leaking, or a dirty coil reducing air flow that could cause the evaporator coils to freeze.
Regular maintenance can prevent these common problems in your air conditioning system.
Call an HVAC professional if you notice anything unusual about your unit. Repair issues need to be addressed immediately and require professional intervention.
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Why Flow Environmental?
Ductless air conditioning systems installation is not recommended as a DIY unless you’re unafraid of costly repairs if you mess up the task. There are sensitive electronics that you could damage, and there are EPA guidelines for the handling of refrigerants. Also, this system requires proper sizing and installation to obtain the advertised benefits.
Flow Environmental provides regular inspections of your HVAC unit. We analyze if the unit has been correctly installed and check the air filter, coils, and blower. We inspect possible refrigerant leaks, clogged drain lines, wirings, and control boards. We can also provide a customized ductless system plan for you.
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