Ductless air conditioners are a great cooling solution, especially in Florida, where it’s warm year-round and summers are exceptionally hot.
Florida residents need a reliable cooling system for comfort and safety. Mini-splits offer just that with precise temperature control from zoned comfort.
United Air Temp is here to tell you all about ductless mini-splits and why they might be the right AC choice for you.
What Is a Ductless Mini-Split?
Ductless mini-splits have two primary components. A compressor/condenser unit is located outside, while air handlers operate inside the home.
Unlike central AC, which has a single large air handler that distributes air through ductwork, ductless AC has air handlers in each room or zone you wish to cool.
These components connect via refrigerant lines, electrical wiring, and drains for condensation.
These compact HVAC units are perfect for homes built without ductwork, home additions, detached garages, and many other applications.
Benefits of Ductless Mini-Splits
- Scalability: Because you can add as many or as few air handlers as you need, you can cool your whole home, a second story, just one room, or any other space.
- Enhanced energy efficiency: There’s no energy loss as the air makes its way through ductwork, so you can keep your utility costs down and be more environmentally friendly.
- Year-round comfort: Some ductless HVAC units can cool your home in the summer and heat it in the winter.
- Zoned temperature control: You can have different temperature settings for different rooms based on personal preferences. This also means you can raise the thermostat a few degrees in rooms you’re not inhabiting.
Ductless AC vs. Central AC
When deciding on whether ductless AC or central AC is better for your home, there are several important factors to consider:
Your HVAC technician can conduct a load calculation to determine what sized cooling unit you need.
A single ductless mini-split air handler can provide 1,700 to 12,000 British Thermal Units, while central AC can provide 12,000 to 60,000 BTUs.
You can have up to eight indoor air handlers per outdoor unit, so it’s all about the space you want to cool.
Since they don’t require ductwork, mini-splits are less expensive to install than a central unit.
However, if you already have ductwork in place and you’re replacing your air conditioner, the prices are more comparable.
Central air conditioners can lose 20% to 30% of conditioned air if you have leaks, holes, or disconnects in your ductwork.
Mini-splits don’t have air ducts, so they don’t have that problem. This means greater cooling efficiency and lower operating costs.
Choose UAT for HVAC Installation in Jacksonville
At United Air Temp, we’ve been providing quality craftsmanship and outstanding customer service since 1931. Our HVAC technicians complete ongoing training to ensure you get the best service.
Customers can depend on us for:
- Upfront pricing
- Guaranteed satisfaction
- Free estimates
- On-time scheduling
- And more
We can help you decide whether ductless AC or central AC is right for your Jacksonville home and provide an expert installation to ensure ultimate comfort.