As ductless mini splits gain popularity in the U.S., certain ductless technology myths just keep hanging on.
Developed in Japan as an alternative to central A/C and big, bulky window units, a ductless system is designed to condition single rooms or limited spaces without the need for internal ductwork. The system consists of a small indoor air handler that mounts on a wall and incorporates the cooling/heating coil and system blower. It’s connected to a compact outdoor unit—about the size of a standard suitcase—by a narrow conduit that circulates refrigerant. Like all heat pumps, a ductless system both cools in summer and warms in winter.
Even as ductless systems become increasingly common in homes, here are some ductless technology myths that still persist:
- Ductless systems clash with indoor decor.On the contrary, the indoor component of the ductless system is low-profile and very inconspicuous. Mounted on a wall with a stylish enclosure, it blends well into any room.
- They must be noisy.Actually, they aren’t. The indoor half of the system utilizes a variable-speed blower that runs nearly continuously, yet at a much lower speed and output than old-school, stop-and-go blowers. This makes fan operation quieter and also ensures constant air circulation. In addition, the outside component of a ductless system incorporates a condenser coil fan that utilizes next generation inverter technology which is much quieter that older central A/C units.
- New technology means higher maintenance.The fact is, regular maintenance requirements are the same or less than most home cooling/heating systems—annual preventive maintenance plus regular filter changes.
- Ductless systems don’t last as long as window units or central Air Conditioning.Advanced technology built into ductless mini-splits incurs less wear and tear than conventional window air conditioners or many central systems. While a typical window unit has a service life of 10 years and a central A/C lasts about 15 years, many ductless units have an expected service life of up to 20 years.
Contact Valley Heating, Cooling, Electrical and Solar for more facts to counteract ductless technology myths. Visit our website for in-depth information or just give us a call at (408) 868-5500.