If you’re in the market for a new air conditioning system, you need a good blend of performance and energy efficiency. You may also want customizable control over your different living spaces, instead of a one-temperature solution for the entire home. While there are many different types of air conditioners on the market today, few are as energy efficient as the ductless mini split system. While the name might sound a bit strange at first, you may find out that going ductless is right for your home. We’d like to explain what this type of system is and how it works. For more information about your Portland OR air conditioning installation, call Cavalry Heating & Cooling today!
Ductless mini split air conditioning has the same refrigerant cycle that all air conditioners do, but it doesn’t use ductwork. In order to find out what’s distinct about it, let’s look at the standard AC:
- The conventional “split”. The conventional split AC system involves two separate units, one indoor air handler/evaporator and one outdoor compressor/condenser. As the refrigerant moves through the compressor, condenser, expansion valve, and the evaporator coil, it undergoes a change from gas to liquid (and then to gas, again), and this process works to cool the air that has been extracted from the interior of your home. The ductwork installed within your walls, floors, and ceilings has two functions. First, it extracts the warm air from the interior of your home; second, it distributes the air that has been cooled by the evaporator coil.
- The ductless difference. A ductless mini split air conditioning system uses the same refrigerant cycle, but it doesn’t require ductwork. Instead of extracting and distributing air by ductwork, the indoor air handler sits directly in the home. But it’s not the bulky and large indoor unit that you may be familiar with. It’s a sleek, compact unit that sits high on the interior wall, or recessed in the ceiling. It connects to the outdoor unit by a small group of refrigerant, electrical and drainage lines. You can typically install up to 4 different air handlers per outdoor unit.
The lack of ductwork gives the ductless mini split much improved energy efficiency, in addition to the built-in zone control, due to the individual temperature settings of each unit. For excellent Portland OR air conditioning service, call Cavalry Heating & Cooling today!