Introduction To Ductless Air Conditioners
If you are looking to buy a new air conditioner for your home, then you might think that your only option is to get a plain old central air conditioner. However, there are plenty of other options out there, one of which might be absolutely perfect for your needs. Here is an overview of one such option: the ductless air conditioner.
What is a ductless air conditioner?
In essence, a ductless air conditioner is an air conditioner that can simultaneously cover your whole home, yet doesn't rely on a ventilation system. It accomplishes this with a rather ingenious system.
Like a central air conditioner, a ductless unit has an outdoor unit that handles all of the actual air conditioning. This unit has a compressor and a condensor, which allows it to cool down air and prepare it for distribution.
From there, the air is sent into a conduit via a series of tubes. It is then distributed to each of the node units. You can install a node in each room that you wish to cool and most ductless units can handle up to four nodes per conduit.
This system of distribution is the main way in which ductless systems are different than central systems. Instead of using air ducts to move air around your home, ductless units use the aforementioned tubes to move air throughout the system with minimal loss.
What are the advantages of a ductless air conditioner?
With other air conditioners, you need to choose whether you want to cool individual rooms or maintain a ventilation system.
Cooling individual rooms can be very useful when you spend most of your time in a single room or when you only have one room that really gets warm, but they fall short when you have more than one room to cool. Buying separate air conditioners for each room can cost quite a bit, both in terms of upfront and efficiency costs over the long run.
Installing and maintaining a ventilation system can also become a pretty big headache. If you don't have air ducts in place already, then the costs of installing a new system can end up outweighing the price of setting up a ductless air conditioner. Similarly, if your ventilation system is particularly prone to dust and other problems, then it can lead to massive losses in efficiency if you don't shell out the cash or labor and time investment for regular maintenance.