For example, if you decide to renovate an attic and turn it into an extra bedroom, office or a kid’s retreat, finding an effective way to heat and cool this area can definitely be challenging. Many homes in Milwaukee use a system of ducts to move heated or cooled air to various rooms; however, converting the attic into livable space is one thing, but trying to add ducts to an existing system of ductwork is something entirely different.
Similarly, it’s not unusual to have a room or an area in your home that is serviced by your central air conditioner, but this area never seems to be cool enough. While you can keep turning your air conditioner down until the hottest rooms are finally comfortable, this can make other areas of your home too cool; it can also mean that you’re wasting a great deal of money on high energy bills. Fortunately, at TemperaturePros Milwaukee, we can easily solve problems like these. We have trained service technicians who can install a quality ductless air conditioner in a hard to cool area or even in an area that has no existing ducts. As its name implies, you don’t need ducts to take advantage of the efficient cooling of ductless AC units.
What is a ductless air conditioner?
A ductless air conditioning system generally provides cool air for a single room or perhaps a few rooms, rather than a whole house. A single ductless system is not designed to cool an entire house; however, several ductless units can be used in different areas to provide the air conditioning you need. Generally, this type of air conditioner is often best used to solve cooling issues for a specific area. A multi-zone system can be used to cool up to eight rooms or zones with a single outdoor unit. A mini split ductless air conditioning system will typically be able to provide between 9,000 and 36,000 Btu of cooling per hour.
How does a ductless system work?
A ductless air conditioner or mini split system as they are often called is comprised of two main components, an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler unit.
The outdoor unit includes the compressor, which is the main component of the air conditioner, as well as a condensing coil, and a forced air fan. The compressor is used to transform a low pressure gas into a high pressure gas. This creates a cooling process that is very similar to how a typical central air conditioner cools a home. By creating the higher pressure gas, the refrigerant is more effective at absorbing the warm air and replacing it with cooler air. This is known as the thermal heat transfer process.
The next part of the outdoor unit is the condensing coil, this coil is comprised of many small aluminum fins arranged in a grid-like pattern. The condensing coil cycles the hot refrigerant through these fins, which will then convert the high pressure gas into a high pressure liquid. Lastly, the fan moves air through the condensing coil in order to help dissipate the heat energy and move it outdoors.
As the refrigerant absorbs the heat from inside your home, it turns into a low pressure gas which is moved through a suction line back to the air conditioner’s compressor where the whole process starts all over again.
The indoor air handler unit is typically fairly small. It can be mounted on a wall or ceiling to keep it out of the way, and the cabinet or casing is available in an attractive design that won’t detract from your home’s decor. The outdoor and indoor units are joined together by running a conduit between the two. This conduit houses the power cable as well as the condensate drain, suction tubing, and the tubing that carries the refrigerant.
Benefits of a Ductless Air Conditioning System
One of the main advantages of a ductless air conditioner is its small size, and ability to be zoned to heat or cool individual rooms. The number of zones you’ll be able to install with a single outdoor unit will depend on how much heating or cooling is needed by each zone, but it’s certainly not unusual to be able to have 4 or more zones operating on a single outdoor unit. This gives you plenty of flexibility with how your mini split or ductless system can be configured to cool your home.
Another great benefit with ductless AC units is that each zone can have its own thermostat. This will allow you to be able to easily regulate the temperature in each zone to meet your specific comfort requirements. With a ductless mini split system there is no need to cool every zone. You can simply cool the zone where you are and save energy by not providing air conditioning to areas where it isn’t needed. This can offer huge savings on your summer cooling costs.
A ductless system is also much quicker and easier to install, so there’s no long wait to get the cooling benefits your family needs. While some homeowners have attempted to try their hand at providing their own ductless AC installation, this is a job that’s best left to a trained HVAC technician. At TemperaturePro Milwaukee, we can provide expert installation of your new ductless air conditioner. Whether you live in Milwaukee, Whitefish Bay, Glendale or one of the other surrounding communities, we have a trained service technician ready to provide the very best installation and ductless AC service available.
Of course, another excellent benefit that many homeowners enjoy is the fact that a ductless AC system can often be installed with the outdoor unit located up to 50 feet away from the indoor unit. This can help ensure that you always get whisper quiet operation, so your cooling system is never an annoyance.
How long will it take to have a ductless air conditioner installed?
The amount of time that will be needed to install your new ductless air conditioning system will depend on a number of factors, including the number of indoor air handler units that you’ll need to have installed as well as the location of the outdoor unit, how the outdoor unit aligns with the indoor unit, and if additional conduit and lines must be run between the units.
While installing a ductless system will almost certainly take longer than putting in a simple window air conditioner, it isn’t a job that should take more than a day or two when you count on one of the experienced HVAC technicians at TemperaturePro Milwaukee. Our expert installers will be able to get your new mini split system installed and up and running quickly. Of course, the exact time needed for installation is going to depend on the specific requirements of your system, but if there are no complications, you’ll have your air conditioner up and cooling your home in a very short time.
Are ductless AC units energy efficient?
A ductless AC unit can provide exceptional energy efficiency, which means you save money on cooling costs. The typical central air conditioner cools the air at the point where your unit is installed, then it pushes the cool air through a system of ducts before it is dispersed into the various rooms of your home. However, the ductless AC system delivers cool air without using ducts. Much of your cooling dollars can be lost to the inefficient delivery method of ductwork. In fact, some estimates claim that up to 30% of your home energy dollars are wasted before cool air is ever dispersed into your home. This energy loss can be from poor ductwork design, heat transfer due to ducts that pass through unconditioned areas, like a hot attic, as well as poor performing ducts, such as ducts that aren’t sealed properly.
Ductless Air Conditioners vs. Window Air Conditioners
When comparing a ductless air conditioner to a typical window air conditioner, you’ll likely notice many advantages. For example, a ductless AC unit will offer quieter operation, which can be especially important in bedrooms and other areas where noise might be a factor. Additionally, these units generally offer better energy efficiency and can be zoned to accommodate several rooms rather than just a single room. Also, because window air conditioners require a window to be partially open in order to place it in the window, there can be a security concern that you won’t have with a ductless system.
The one advantage that a window air conditioner can have over a ductless system is that it is often more affordable. While you’ll pay more upfront for a ductless air conditioner, the cost is usually made up for in the fact that you won’t need a separate unit for each room, and you’ll have the advantage of quieter and more energy efficient operation.
About TemperaturePro MKE:
TemperaturePro is your full-service in-home heating and cooling provider. Whether you need a new unit installed or your current unit repaired and maintained, our certified HVAC technicians can do it all. An HVAC system is an important investment that will impact your life for years to come. It’s important to protect that investment, and TemperaturePro does it better than anyone in the business. We provide quality HVAC services at a great cost!
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