The Benefits of Ductless Heating and Air Conditioning

Published on: January 17, 2016
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Ductless heating and air conditioning systems, also called mini-split, multi-split, or variable refrigerant flow (VRF) heat pump systems, circulate air without duct work. They have an outdoor compressor or condenser unit and one or more indoor air-handling units linked together by a conduit. The conduit houses a power cable, a refrigerant line, suction tubing, and a condensate drain. Ductless systems are very popular in the Southeast for their energy efficiency and reduced maintenance requirements. Here are some of the other benefits of ductless heating and air conditioning.

Efficiency and Control

Separate air handlers offer more control over traditional HVAC systems. Each air-handling unit operates in its own zone or room, and they all have their own thermostats. That means you only have to heat or cool occupied areas, and you won’t have to worry about ducts that leak air. This saves energy and money. Family members can also set different temperatures in different areas for extra comfort. Most systems come with remote controls.

Easy, Convenient Installation

Ductless systems are much easier to install than central HVAC systems. The connection between the outdoor and indoor units usually only requires a 3-inch hole through a wall for the conduit. Indoor and outdoor units function up to 50 feet away from each other, so homeowners can place their outdoor compressors in inconspicuous spots.

Flexible Design

Indoor units are small enough to hang on the wall or from the ceiling. Models that sit on the floor are also available. The jackets for air-handling units come in a variety of colors, and they have a sleek, high-tech appearance.

Contact AC Southeast® to find a contractor in your area. Then you can start taking advantage of the benefits of ductless heating and air conditioning as soon as possible.