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Ductless Air Conditioning Units

Ductless air conditioning units have quickly become popular due to their space-saving qualities. Unlike traditional central air conditioning units, you can often tuck a ductless air conditioning unit into the wall of an unused room.

Keep in mind that such a ductless air conditioning unit is housed in the wall (rather than in a closet) because a ductless indoor unit is not attached directly to the wall. However, the fact that the unit is housed in the wall is where its greatest benefits lie. That is where it can be run quietly without disturbing others.

However, there are some drawbacks associated with ductless air conditioning systems for both homeowners and businesses. For example, not many homeowners or businesses want the complicated installation process associated with ductwork installation. Indeed, many homeowners do not feel that complexity is a negative aspect of this type of system. The fact is, many homeowners find that it is much easier and less expensive to simply hire professionals to install their air conditioning system.

On the flip side, many businesses find that ductless systems are less effective and energy-efficient than their outdoor counterparts. For example, outdoor air conditioning units utilize a fan to move the cool air throughout the unit while indoor units use a liquid refrigerant to move the cool air through the evaporator coil. With a ductless system, homeowners and businesses will notice a significant reduction in temperature while the outdoor units will not. But, with more advanced technology, most ductless systems can actually improve indoor temperatures up to 10 degrees.

Perhaps one of the most compelling benefits of these units is the fact that many of them are able to operate on a stand-alone basis. While there are several types of ductless air conditioners that use the fundamentals of air ducts, some companies have developed advanced technologies that allow them to operate as stand-alone units. Some examples of this technology include the mini-split system. A mini-split air conditioner can be installed in the wall as well as an outdoor unit, while an outdoor mini-split unit can be installed on the outside walls of homes and businesses. In this way, homeowners and businesses can enjoy a better-balanced temperature and save money during the summer months and the winter months. In addition to operating independently, some mini-splits also come equipped with programmable thermostats that will allow the homeowner or business owner to control the unit based on their level of comfort.

Although ductless systems are excellent for homeowners and businesses, they are equally at home in the home and office spaces of corporations. Many homeowners may not have the skills necessary to install ductless air conditioners in their homes while businesses may have the skills necessary to install them. Business owners who work from home are especially encouraged to invest in these cooling and heating units, especially if they have a large number of employees.

The two most common components in most ductless air conditioning units are the condenser and the evaporator. The condenser is responsible for the extraction of heat from the stored water and transferring it into the air. The evaporator is responsible for the transfer of heat into the air. While these two pieces of equipment do require somewhat different techniques, they are both vital to the overall operation of the unit. The evaporator and condenser are generally placed inside of the air handling unit, while the main body of the unit is located outside of the home or office.