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How Does Ductless AC Work?

The newest technology in the heating and cooling industry has been taking our nation by storm lately. With zone-cooling technology and efficient heating and cooling, the ductless AC seems like a great choice for your home. But why are people so in love with this system? How does it even work?

Air Clinic DFW is here to answer all your queries! We provide thorough Dallas/Fort Worth ductless AC installations, so we know these systems inside and out. We can share with you exactly why ductless ACs can run more efficiently and help you decide if your home is a good fit!

What Are The Parts Of A Ductless AC?

It may be a surprise to some, but a ductless AC functions very similarly to a traditional AC. There are two main parts to the system: an outside unit and one or more indoor air handlers. 

Outdoor Unit

The outside unit is where the compressor, motor and refrigerant are housed. Air from your home is brought here, chilled or warmed, and sent back into the house by thin tubes. These tubes are small and are the only cause of any changes made to your walls. They require a small hole to be drilled in order to travel inside your home. 

Indoor Unit

These tubes then connect to an indoor air handler. In traditional HVAC systems, the air handler is located in the attic or away from eyesight where it can move the air into ducts. With a ductless system, the air handler is installed directly onto the wall in your home. No ducts, no delay. The air handler is basically the mouth of the system, sucking in air to be chilled or warmed and delivering the conditioned air once it has passed through the outside unit.

What Is Zone-Cooling Technology?

Zone-cooling is exactly what it sounds like: the ability to cool or heat different ‘zones’ in your home. Since the air handler(s) in a ductless system is located right on the wall of your home, it is able to operate independently from others. This means that each air handler can be turned on, off or have different temperatures from the others in your home. This allows zone-cooling to happen.

Not only is zone-cooling more convenient to the different preferences of your household, but it also is a huge reason why ductless systems are more efficient than traditional air conditioners. You don’t have to chill or heat the entire home to feel the temperature change in one or two rooms where you are spending time. Instead, you can pick specific units to run according to the use of your home.

Also, ducts are one of the biggest culprits of energy loss in a home. Their vulnerability to leaks and temperature loss as the air moves through them leads to inefficient heating and cooling. Without ducts, you’re already saving a lot of energy — and money!

Can You Install A Ductless AC In Any Home? 

Hypothetically, ductless ACs can be installed in any home. The real question is whether or not it is cost-effective and a good investment to install ductless AC. For example, a large home with an open floor plan is actually benefited by an HVAC system with ducts. Mass delivery of conditioned air into large spaces is definitely better left up to existing ductwork. You could install a ductless system for a home like this, but you’d have to invest in multiple units with multiple air handlers per unit just to cover the volume of air that needs conditioning. 

The Pros Can Help You Out

Our team at Air Clinic DFW has installed many ductless air conditioners. We know how to evaluate the layout of your home and factor in your heating and cooling needs. You can trust that we won’t recommend an investment that isn’t 100% best for your home and your budget. If you have more questions or are ready to schedule an appointment, contact us today!

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