How Ductless Mini-Split Systems Work

How Ductless Mini-Split Systems Work

Ductless air conditioners, or ductless mini-splits, can be ideal for homeowners who don’t want to go through the hassle of installing intricate ductwork. Sometimes, as is the case with many historic homes, one can’t install it in the first place; other times, there’s a single room or outbuilding that preexisting ducts can’t reach.

Whatever your situation, you have good reason to look into mini-splits. Before you consult with a team member at McFarland Indoor Comfort Services, though, you should know just why so many residents of Granite City, IL, request these products from us.

Mini-Splits Are Heat Pumps

First, mini-splits are heat pumps, which means they generate cool air the energy-efficient way: that is, by simply transferring heat from the indoors to the outside. It does this with a type of chemical called refrigerant, which courses back and forth between the indoor unit (the “air handler”) and the outdoor unit (the “compressor”).

You Lose Less Energy with Mini-Splits

With ducted systems, cool air is liable to leak out through old or poorly connected vents, but mini-splits sidestep the issue altogether. This means efficient cooling and a drop in your monthly bill. Even better, mini-splits come with fins that can aim the cool air in any direction you wish. Keep it away from the walls and on yourself, and you stay cool with a minimum of energy use.

Where ducted systems cool an entire home regardless of which rooms are occupied, mini-splits give you greater flexibility. Each unit has its own thermostat, so family members can adjust their room temperatures according to their various comfort levels.

Mini-Splits Are Easy to Install

The air handler portion of a ductless system can hang from almost any wall or ceiling, and the refrigerant line connecting it to the compressor only needs a three-inch hole to pass through. At McFarland Indoor Comfort Services, we’d be happy to help you plan out a mini-split installation in more detail. Besides this, we work on heating systems and indoor air quality systems. Sheet metal fabrication is another specialty of ours. To ask any questions, contact us today.