With a conventional air conditioner, an outdoor compressor and indoor evaporator coil work together to circulate cooled air throughout your home. Ductwork routes the conditioned air to rooms that need it, but duct losses can make up to 30% of your total energy usage. A ductless mini-split AC system solves this problem with small, specialized units that target heating and cooling needs in specific spaces. These systems have an outdoor unit that connects to multiple indoor units, each sized and equipped to heat or cool a room, and they’re managed with a single remote control.
Mini-splits are ideal for room additions, older homes with leaky ductwork, and rooms that your central air system struggles to keep comfortable. They can also be used to create a zoned system that allows you to heat or cool rooms individually according to their use and your family’s preferences.
The evaporator units in a ductless mini-split can be mounted on walls or ceilings, in spaces that would not accommodate a window AC or in a space where it would block natural light or present a security risk. They can be hidden behind a decorative wall grille or frame, inside an old-fashioned radiator cover, or in a closet. The system can even be recessed into the ceiling, as with LG’s Art Cool line of ductless AC equipment that includes units designed to mount in ceiling cassettes.
Because they don’t require ducts, mini-splits eliminate Mini Split AC the energy waste that comes with conditioned air that gets lost in a home’s ductwork, and they also avoid the cost of running your air conditioner at full capacity to maintain a consistent temperature. They can save energy further with features like variable speed compressor technology and i-See Sensor Technology that automatically adjust to use only the amount of power necessary to achieve a set temperature.
In addition to their energy efficiency, ductless mini-splits are quieter than traditional systems. They operate at decibel levels comparable to a whisper or library indoors, and outdoor units operate as quietly as a suburban neighborhood. Some have advanced filtration that reduces the level of pollutants, smoke, orders, allergens, bacteria and more that enters your home.
Mini splits have a wide range of sizes and capacities, making them a flexible solution for many homeowners. They’re easy to install for a professional, and they can be upgraded as your needs change over time. They are also affordable, and the zoning capability of a ductless system makes them a great choice for multi-room applications in new or renovated homes.