In Miami, air conditioning efficiency is no laughing matter. Our tropical heat waves and high humidity are a fact of life and a reliable air conditioning is the best way to keep your home cool. Traditional air conditioning systems use ductwork spreading out from a central unit to cool down every corner of your home. One possible alternative to this model is a ductless split air conditioning system, which, as the name implies, doesn’t utilize ducts to cool your home. Should you consider one? As always, that depends on your particular circumstances.
Like traditional central air conditioning systems, ductless split systems contain both indoor and outdoor components. The two halves are linked by a conduit, and the indoor unit itself is quite small, especially compared to larger central air conditioning system. Specific models can connect multiple indoor units to one single outdoor unit. This allows you to set up multiple “zones” in your household, tailoring the temperature of each zone to suit your individual needs or turning the AC in some zones off to save energy. Ductless split systems are also comparatively easy to install, since they have not ductwork involved, and the lack of ducts also helps them save energy (loss of cooling via ducts can reach as high as 30%, according to the U.S. Department of Energy).
Just like any other system, the initial start up cost is the downside. Ductless units also need to be very carefully placed in order to be efficient, and properly sized to handle the space required.
A ductless split system tends to work best for houses that don’t have a ducted system, or which lack the proper space to install a system of ducts. If you’re planning an add-on to your home – a new room or the like – then a ductless spit system may be a comparatively easy way to cool that room without having to expand your duct system. To speak with a trained expert about ductless split air conditioning in Miami, contact Air On Demand. We can advise you on the best course of action for your home, then perform installation services with courtesy and professionalism.