If you have central air that’s not doing a great job, or you have no cooling system at all and want to avoid bringing in a central system, a ductless air conditioner might be the best option for you.
Ductless air conditioners, also called mini-splits, are like ducted air conditioners in that the compressor is located outside, bringing cool air inside. They are often preferable to window units for aesthetic reasons. In addition, ductless air conditioners are designed to cool a whole house and not just one area of the home, as with a window unit.
Quiet is the Key
With a ductless air conditioner, the compressor sits outside. A small unit, the compressor is usually quieter than a central unit. Inside, there is a super quiet unit mounted on a wall or ceiling which delivers the cool air. Typically, the indoor unit is 32 inches, by 11 inches, by 7 inches deep. It will weigh in the neighborhood of 18 pounds and if purchased with a built-in filter, will provide better allergen removal than a central filter unit.
Most ductless air conditioner models will come with a remote control so you can easily control the flow and speed of the cool air. With the remote, you can control on and off times, the direction of the air, louver directions, and the temperature of the air. If you live in an area with high humidity, choose a ductless air conditioner with a dry-mode setting which will adjust the air flow for low-humidity indoor air for optimum comfort on a hot, sticky day.
Money Saving Remote
Some people add a ductless air conditioner to their existing central unit. In any event, a ductless air conditioner will save you money because they come equipped with the remotes which allow you to cool specific areas of the home at specific times depending on need and allow you to adjust the louvers up and down or left and right to concentrate the cool air into one particular area of a room.
Since ductless air conditioners don’t use ducts for delivering air, there are tiny refrigerant lines that come into the house through three inch holes in the house. If the refrigerant lines are positioned correctly, one small ductless air conditioner unit can easily cool an average-size home.