Our favorite – and one of the cheapest – ductless air conditioning unit is the Pioneer Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioner, Heat Pump, 12000 BTU (1 Ton), 13 SEER, Cooling, Heating, Dehumidification, Ventilation. Including 16 Foot Installation Kit.. 110~120 VAC.. You can pick up this unit online. And it comes with all the features you could possibly want (i.e. remote, built-in heater, and excellent cooling).
The best part is that you can pretty easily install this unit on your own. It comes with all the directions and even has links to videos to show you how to install it.
While many people have never heard of these split ac or ductless systems, they have been around for quite some time. Like other AC systems, the ductless AC has an indoor as well as an outdoor unit. The latter is mounted on the outside wall while the former is mounted directly on the inside wall.
A small hole is then drilled across the wall to allow for refrigerant piping, wiring and condensation draining. The external unit can be mounted anywhere on the wall. However, this has to be less than 50 feet for smaller units, and 100 feet for larger units. However, the length will depend on the specific model of the AC unit.
The best feature of ductless air conditioners is that they are highly capable of extracting moisture from a room. Another impressive feature is the permanent mounting of the unit indoors. This means that there is no need of removing it from the window during winter, which can be awkward at times.
Ductless ACs have a sleek and attractive design. They can fit in very well in any room. Unlike traditional air conditioners, these units are not bulky or ugly. They have one similarity with central air, their compressors are mounted outside the house. This means that there is little, if any, noise inside the house or office.
These units come with a thermostatic control as well as a quite blower with a controllable speed. A wireless keypad with an LCD display makes it easy for the user to adjust the settings of the AC.
Before purchasing this type of AC system, be sure to get a quote from a local installer. This cost usually varies with the manufacturer of the unit as well as its size.