What is a Ductless Air Conditioner?

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This summer has convinced a lot of people to get some form of air conditioning installed. Are you among them?

If you are, a ductless air conditioning system might be the smartest investment (and if you live east of Toronto and own an older home, it’s probably the best way to keep your house cool). Everything you need to know is right here on this page.

These are our most common questions, with answers from the same HVAC professionals who’ll visit your home to complete the installation.

How does ductless work?

Ductless air conditioners consist of 2 units, one inside and one outside, connected by a small copper tube and some electrical work.

The outdoor unit conjures up cool air and the inside unit broadcasts it around the room or rooms. You have better control over temperature than with a central air unit and you save space inside the house by cutting out all the bulky ductwork.

Multiple indoor units can give different rooms more precise environmental control. So your bedroom can be cooler than your teenage kids’ rooms.

How do you install it?

Hand controlling an air conditionerEasily (if you’re trained like our team is).

A ductless system is certainly more straightforward to install than a full sized central unit, but you should still rely on a professional.

If you install it yourself, there’s a greater chance you won’t do it right and will void the manufacturer warranty.

Your installer will run the coolant, drainage and electricity lines between the two units after drilling a small hole from the exterior to the interior of your house. They will calibrate the gauges precisely.

What size ductless AC should I get?

How big is the space you want to cool?

A 9,000 BTU unit will cool about a 400 sq. ft. area and the cooling area roughly doubles with every additional 9,000 BTUs. However, by opting for fewer, larger units you lose the ability to precisely control microclimates within your home.

So while some units can cool up to 2,500 sq. ft., they might not be the best choice for your home.

Is ductless pricey?

Young man switching on the air conditionerGenerally your ductless air conditioning system is more efficient than any other option. A traditional central air conditioner loses cool air by traveling through the ductwork, and cools rooms you aren’t necessarily using.

Ductless air conditioners are localized, so you can use them on the space you need cooled without wasting energy elsewhere.

With a good quality ductless air conditioner you have the most efficient cooling on the market.

Isn’t this just a glorified window unit?

You can look at it that way. But you’d be wrong.

It’s more efficient, provides better temperature control, operates more silently, lasts longer and takes up less space. It’s better in every way.

Where can I get my hands on one?

Give us a call!

It’s best to talk to a member of our team so we know exactly what you need. We’ll provide a handful of options and help walk you through the decision.

We’ll handle every step of installation so you know it’s done right.

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