Ductless mini-split air-conditioners have numerous potential applications in residential, commercial, and institutional buildings.
They are an excellent choice for rooms where extending or installing distribution ductwork for a central air-conditioner is not feasible. In addition, ductless mini-split systems are an excellent choice to provide additional cooling or heating capacity to areas of the house where the main air-conditioner is unable to keep up with the load demands from your primary air-conditioning system.
- Among some of the main advantages of ductless mini-split systems are their small size and flexibility for zoning and/or individual rooms.
- Ductless systems avoid the energy losses associated with the ductwork of forced air systems. This is due to duct losses, which can account for more than 30% of energy consumption for air-conditioning. This is especially true if the ductwork is located within an unconditioned space such as the attic.
- Ductless mini-split systems offer a wide range of flexibility in interior design options.
- Since space conditioning, whether cooling or heating, accounts for 61% of energy consumption in US households, a ductless system with inverter technology is guaranteed to greatly reduce the energy consumption to run your system.
- A Heat Pump ductless system greatly increases efficiency while reducing energy consumption during heating mode. This is done by utilizing energy present in the environment instead of running an electrical heating element to meet the heating demand.
- Some ductless mini-split systems produce a very low decibel response while in operation. This feature makes them an ideal system application for installations in which noise level reduction is a key factor.
- Some ductless mini-split systems come with anti-corrosion protection in both outdoor and indoor coils, making them an ideal option for near-coastal installations.
- Other ductless mini-split systems come with Wi-Fi connectivity. This feature enables the end consumer to control and adjust their systems from a remote location.
The primary disadvantage of ductless mini-split systems is their cost. These systems cost between $1,500 and $2,000 per ton of cooling capacity. However, as demand increases for this type of system and technology, we have seen prices for these systems becoming far more affordable.
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