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Not all air conditioners are created equal. If you’ve never made the investment, you might be unfamiliar with the different types of systems on the market. A ductless model is one you might want to give a second look. Here’s why.

What is a Ductless System?

A ductless AC system, also known as a ductless mini split system, is a type of air conditioning system that does not require traditional ductwork to distribute cooled or heated air.

Ductless AC systems work by drawing in air from the room into the indoor unit, where it is cooled or heated by the evaporator coil. The conditioned air is then released back into the room. Since there are no ducts involved, the cooled or heated air is directly delivered to the specific area where the indoor unit is installed.

Consider this your guide to ductless technology and some practical tips to help you save time, money and frustration.

Don’t Procrastinate

Take it from us: Don’t wait until a July heatwave to think about a change. This is the worst time to make the call because our installers are often flooded with requests during heat waves. This means customers might end up waiting days or weeks to get their system installed. With that said, don’t wait until you’re miserable to take action.


Do Your Homework

When starting to research the best option for your home, you might come across an overwhelming amount of information. That’s the case because there are so many different types on the market.  Each type has its own features and benefits. That said, here’s a look at why you might consider making the switch to a ductless system.

Why You Should Go Ductless

While central air conditioning is a popular choice among homeowners, ductless heat pump systems are gaining traction as a standout option for home cooling due to their versatility in various climate control situations. Our home comfort experts have identified numerous advantages of using ductless technology. Here’s a summary of their insights.

#1 Zoning

Ductless mini-split systems offer enhanced control by allowing separate control of each indoor unit. This enables you to cool specific areas or “zones” while leaving others uncooled. Unlike non-ductless systems that cool the entire home, which can be inefficient and wasteful, ductless systems provide the ability to program and control indoor temperatures for each area separately. This improves comfort and energy efficiency, preventing unnecessary cooling and reducing resource consumption.

#2 Inverter Technology

Ductless mini-split systems provide both heating and cooling capabilities, serving as a comprehensive solution throughout the year. A notable advantage of these systems is their use of inverter technology. Unlike regular heat pumps that require backup heat strips, ductless systems can operate efficiently at low temperatures without additional components. Inverter technology also ensures quick temperature adjustment with minimal fluctuations, prolonging the lifespan of system parts and reducing the likelihood of breakdowns.

#3 Reduced Noise

Unlike traditional air conditioners that can be loud and disruptive, ductless systems minimize noise. By locating the main components outside the home and directing air from the side of the outdoor unit, ductless air conditioning operates quietly. This allows you to run the system while working or having a phone call without disturbances, ensuring a more peaceful environment.

#4 No Ductwork Required

The installation cost and complexity associated with adding air conditioning often deter homeowners. However, opting for a ductless HVAC system eliminates the need for ductwork beneath or throughout the house, saving time and money. The absence of ducting simplifies and speeds up the installation process, resulting in fewer disruptions and comfort on a faster timeline.What’s more, installing ductwork can lead to issues such as excess moisture or odors, which are avoided with ductless systems.

#5 Flexible Placement

Ductless systems offer more placement options compared to traditional air conditioners. For instance, you can mount the unit on the second floor of the house. Indoor units can be strategically placed to maximize efficiency and optimize comfort. If you spend most of your time in a home office, you can install an indoor unit in that area and cool only the space you’re using, avoiding the need to cool the entire home and saving on energy costs.

Still have unanswered questions? Here are a few more important details related to ductless systems:

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a ductless air conditioner cost?

A ductless system installation costs around $5,500, varying based on square footage and the number of indoor units. Although ductless systems have higher initial costs than standard AC, their efficiency can lead to long-term utility bill savings.

Are ductless AC units more efficient?

Ductless AC units are highly energy-efficient, surpassing traditional HVAC systems. Their higher SEER ratings indicate better energy efficiency. Zoning capabilities prevent lost energy by cooling unused areas, while conventional ductwork can lead to energy loss due to damage and inefficiencies.

Are ductless air conditioners worth it?

The value of ductless AC depends on various factors such as home size, personal preferences, and existing ductwork. Although installation costs are higher, the long-term savings make ductless systems a wise investment for homeowners planning to stay in their homes for at least a few years.

How many square feet can a ductless air conditioner cool?

The cooling capacity of a ductless AC depends on its size and BTU rating, which requires precise measurements by an expert. Because sizing depends on variables like the type of flooring and insulation in your home, your ceiling height, windows and doors, and your ideal temperature for comfort, choosing the perfect size is both an art and a science and requires an expert to take exact measurements.

Is ductless cheaper than central air?

Ductless systems are more expensive than central air upon installation. However, due to their energy efficiency, they actually save you money in the long run. Because ductless systems allow you the option of zoning, you have more control over how much energy is spent cooling each room. This can significantly lower your utility bill over time, compared to central AC units.

Go Ductless with JO Mory

If you have questions or concerns related to your heating and cooling needs, know that we’re just a phone call away! Schedule a consultation and installation and get ready for a comfortable summer. We’re here to answer all your questions and help you make the right choice for your situation and budget. Give us a call at (800) 621-6679.