Ductless Air Conditioner – debunking 3 popular myths
Mini-split ductless air conditioner offers a great alternative to your space additions that need cooling even though duct work is non-existent or simply not feasible. It is easier to install over central air conditioning and it is offer more energy efficient than a central air conditioning unit.
Unfortunately, ductless air conditioner is the subject of all types of misinformation and myths. Today we’re going to debunk a few popular myths about it:
- Mini-split ductless air conditioner only suitable for new construction. False! Mini-split ductless air conditioner is a great option for zonal cooling in areas where ductwork is non-existent, and they are therefore more applicable in well-insulated newly built homes and offices, as it can easily be combined with underfloor heating for more efficiency. However, this does not mean that it is not suited for existing buildings. Homeowners can easily upgrade their AC system using mini-split ductless air conditioner because it is easy to install and does not require much space.
- Mini-split ductless air conditioner collects and circulates bacteria. The truth is that most mini-split ductless air conditioners have excellent self-cleaning functions that thoroughly purify the air in your home. There is no chance of bacteria or spores entering the inside of the unit, as there are large plastic filters that cover the heat exchanger. In contrast a traditional ducted air conditioning system collects dust and other contaminants in the ductwork, that is required costly cleaning. Mini-split ductless air conditioners are healthier option compare to any other existent type of air conditioning systems, including window and portable cooling units.
- The lack of ductwork eliminates energy loss. While it is true that there are no duct losses in a ductless, mini-split AC, there are other thermal losses that occur. However, these thermal losses are significantly less than those associated with duct losses in a forced central air system, making a mini-split system more efficient.