How Does a Ductless HVAC System Work?
If you’re looking for a cost-effective way to air condition your home, don’t assume central AC and window units are your only two choices. Another less well-known option is a ductless air conditioner. Could this be the right cooling system for your Tampa-area home? Learn more about how ductless HVAC works to help you decide.
What is Ductless AC?
This home comfort equipment has many of the same parts as a central air conditioner. The two primary components are the outdoor compressor/condenser unit and the indoor evaporator coil/air handler. A conduit passing through a small, air-sealed hole in the wall links the two units.
The indoor portion of a ductless air conditioner is mounted inconspicuously to the wall or ceiling. A thin, sleek jacket helps it easily blend in with the rest of the interior. The outdoor component sits on a concrete slab in the yard, up to 50 feet away from the air handler.
Note that ductless HVAC systems are essentially heat pumps without the ductwork. A reversing valve allows the equipment to operate backward, cooling your home in the summer and providing efficient home heating in the winter.
Where is Ductless Air Conditioning Used?
Thanks to the built-in air handler, a ductless air conditioner doesn’t need ductwork to deliver cooled air. This is a huge advantage in numerous situations.
For example, ductless HVAC can cool an older home without the cost or hassle of installing ductwork. The technology also works in home add-ons, where extending the ductwork isn’t feasible.
Essentially, ductless air conditioning is perfect for any room you want to keep cool without installing air ducts or bulky window air conditioners. You can also link multiple indoor air handlers with a single outdoor compressor for more complete home cooling with built-in zoning capabilities.
Why is Ductless Air Conditioning a Good Idea?
In Florida, hot summer days stretch on for months, but in many cases, installing ductwork is expensive or downright impossible. Ductless air conditioning provides the perfect solution, keeping individual rooms or the entire house comfortable all year round. Plus, conditioning the air without ductwork is more efficient than traditional ducted systems because you avoid the energy losses inherent with leaky, poorly insulated ducts.
Compared with other air conditioning add-ons, ductless systems are the most flexible. Since the indoor and outdoor portions are separate, there’s no need to balance a heavy, cumbersome room air conditioner on the windowsill. The discrete, wall-mounted installation also allows you to retain the view, open the window when the weather is mild, and increase home security by closing the windows at night.
If you think ductless air conditioning could be right for you, reach out to Hawkins Service Company to learn more. We are a fully licensed HVAC, electric, pool, plumbing, and gas contractor with a service team that draws on hundreds of years of combined experience. We’re proud to serve as your one-stop shop for most residential home service needs. Call us at 813-871-6610 or contact us online today to request your free ductless AC unit installation estimate.