How Does Ductless Air Conditioning Work?

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Whether you are replacing an old air conditioner or are a first-time air conditioner shopper, one system you may want to consider is a ductless air conditioning system. To show you why ductless air conditioning in Centennial may be a viable option for your property, we’ll explain below how the system works.

Components of a Ductless Air Conditioner

A ductless system has two main components: the outdoor unit and the indoor blower. There are usually multiple blowers placed indoors, as a single outdoor unit can support up to 4 indoor blowers.

The outdoor unit of a ductless system is very similar to that of a traditional split-system air conditioner: it holds the compressor and condenser, and blows out the hot air that has been removed from your home. The difference comes with the indoor unit: in a traditional split-system AC, the indoor blower is usually placed above the furnace, and houses the evaporator and blower fan. With a ductless system, each individual unit has its own blower fan, evaporator coils and filter, just on a much smaller scale.

How a Ductless System Works

A ductless system works very much the same as a traditional split-system air conditioner; the difference is that it delivers the cool air in a different way.

In a ductless system, the indoor air blower is mounted against a wall, hung from a ceiling or placed free-standing in a room so that it can blow cool air into the space; it just needs to be close to an exterior wall to connect to the outside unit. To connect the indoor blowers to the outdoor unit, a small hole is drilled through the wall so that a conduit can connect the two components. The refrigerant goes directly back and forth between the indoor blower and outdoor unit, another slight difference between the ductless system and regular split-system. The system turns on when an indoor blower starts, and the regular air conditioning cycle begins.

Benefits of a Ductless Air Conditioner

Ductless systems have a few benefits other whole-home air conditioning systems do not:

  • Zone Control Cooling – every indoor blower operates independently; as such, each one can be easily programmed to cool as desired. This eliminates uneven cooling as created by hot/cold spots with a single-set system and also helps promote energy efficiency, as you only cool what is needed.
  • Flexible placement – the indoor blower in a ductless system is a little over a ½ foot long (about 7 inches) and is approximately 2 inches deep. The size of the blower gives a great deal of flexibility when it comes to placement in a room.
  • Very quiet – because ductless systems need an indoor blower to work, these blowers were designed to operate very quietly.

Is a Ductless Air Conditioner for You?

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