While long used in other areas of the world and in commercial applications throughout the US, the ductless mini split is now gaining a kind of popularity usually reserved for central air. But despite the increasing amount of homes who have gone ductless, there is still some hesitation for homeowners who don’t understand how ductless mini split air conditioners work. While all air conditioners operate according to the same refrigerant cycle, there are some features that make ductless systems distinct. For comprehensive Los Angeles air conditioning services, call JW Heating and Air today!
So, how does a ductless mini split air conditioner work? Let’s find out.
- Ductless cooling. As its name suggests, the most distinct feature of the ductless mini split is its lack of ductwork. In a conventional central air system, ductwork extracts warm air from your living space and takes it to the air handler where it is cooled by the evaporator coil. The ductless air handler/evaporator coil is housed in a sleek, compact unit that sits directly in the space it has to cool, so that it doesn’t need to transport air. The lack of extensive ductwork allows the system to be highly energy efficient, and it saves space, as well.
- Outdoor unit. The outdoor unit of a ductless system is the same type of compressor/condenser that a conventional split system uses. However, while a relatively short copper lineset connects the conventional indoor and outdoor units, a group of electrical, refrigerant, and drainage lines connects the ductless indoor and outdoor units.
- Zones. You can typically install about 4 indoor air handler units per 1 outdoor unit, and these can be spread throughout your home, thus dividing them into zones. Each has its own thermostat, so you can avoid the one-temperature “solution” of central air, and increase the efficiency of your home’s energy consumption, by adjusting the temperature of unoccupied spaces.
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