With summer almost upon us, many homeowners have already repaired or replaced the air conditioners in their homes. If your current air conditioning system isn’t going to last another summer, you should consider replacing it with a ductless mini split system. Read on to find out more about what a ductless mini split system is, and the benefits it can provide.
What is a Ductless Mini Split System?
A ductless mini split system is comprised of two primary parts, the indoor unit and the outdoor unit. Just like a regular air conditioner, the indoor unit siphons heat and circulates air, while the outdoor unit vents heat out of the house. Unlike a centralized air conditioner, however, a ductless mini split system only serves one room per indoor unit. The indoor unit itself is installed directly inside the room it serves, usually on one of the walls. This allows it to provide all of its output directly to the room. Up to four indoor units can share a single outdoor unit, so an entire house can be conditioned fairly easily.
The Benefits of Ductless Mini Splits
So why would you want a ductless mini split system over a more traditional central air conditioner? For one thing, a ductless mini split is far more energy efficient. The US Department of Energy has estimated that a centralized air system can lose as much as 30% of its output to leaks in the ducts. By eschewing ducts all together, a ductless system delivers far more of its output to the intended destination. Ductless systems also use substantially less electricity during operation than central air systems.
Ductless mini splits are also much more versatile than central systems. Central air conditioners subject the entire house to the same level of cooling, regardless of the needs of each room. As each mini split unit has its own thermostat, you can set a different temperature for each room of the house. No more wasting energy cooling empty rooms, or fighting over the thermostat with the other members of your household.
If you’d like to know more about ductless mini splits, call Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning. We provide ductless mini splits throughout Chicago, IL.