If the answer is yes, then this article will teach you how to use a ductless system to heat or/and cool your home.
Also, you can check out our review of our favorite two zone ductless system here.
Ductless AC Units Versus Traditional Cooling Systems
Many people around the world live in places where environmental temperatures can become unbearably hot during warm weather.
Unfortunately, central AC systems consume a lot of power and they also require ducts, meaning that they are costly to procure, install and operate.
On the other hand, window units require the homeowner to sacrifice a window for these noisy machines. The cost of operating window-mounted units is also very high.
Evaporative, or swamp, coolers have low running costs and they can cool a room quickly. However, these units require a large hole in the wall, and they also make a room feel very damp.
Modern Air Conditioners are Energy Efficient
Since all the other systems have numerous short-comings, a split system AC machine may just be what you need.
These new devices use the hi-tech heat pump technology, which relies on the same principle as a refrigerator. A fridge usually takes heat from its compartments and damps it outside. You may not feel any warmth or heat coming from the fridge when you open its door. However, you can feel heat being emitted behind the fridge.
Split air cons use the same principle. They extract heat from hot air in a room and dumps it outside, thereby leaving the room cooler.
Components of a Split Unit Air Conditioner
This type of AC system has two main components. The main part is the outdoor unit, which acts as the condenser. The second component is the indoor unit which consists of a blower and the evaporator.
The outdoor unit is usually placed at a maximum of 50 feet away from the evaporator for the system to be energy-efficient. The outdoor component looks like a typical AC unit.
The indoor component looks like a your average baseboard heater. The unit is usually wall-mounted, but it can also be hanged from the roof or ceiling. According to manufacturers, this component should be mounted on an outside wall.
When installing a split system air con, manufacturers recommend that the outdoor unit be placed in the garden on the other side of the wall from where the indoor unit is installed.
While these systems are mainly used for cooling, they can be modified to also have a heat function at an extra cost.
Split Systems Can be Used to Cool One Room or the Whole House
These machines can either be a single or two zone ductless air conditioning system. This simply means that you can decide to cool or heat a single room from one zone, or the entire house from numerous zones.
In some cases, a single zone system is all that you need to heat or cool your living room. In a multi-zone system, several evaporator units may be connected to a single condenser unit.
The main advantage of the zone system is that it allows the user to only cool or heat the rooms that he or she wants, thereby saving energy. For instance, the evaporator unit in the guest room can be turned off when you do not have any guests.
Advantages of Split Air Conditioners
- These units are energy efficient, so they can save you a lot of money on cooling and heating bills.
- Since no ducts are required, installation costs are very low.
- Compared to window and central air, these systems are super quiet.
- Installation is much quicker since no ductwork is required.