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Choosing a Ductless Cooling System

Choosing a ductless cooling system

As technology and efficiency have improved over the years, ductless cooling and heating (also call mini-split systems) have increased in popularity. For homes without central heating and cooling or air ducts, and difficult to cool and heat rooms like attics, garages and additions, ductless systems can be a good option. When deciding which ductless system is right for your home, consider the following questions.

How Many Zones?

One of the advantages of ductless mini-split systems is the ability to control each zone separately. Depending on the model, you can have from 1 to 8 seprate zones. Maybe you will have only one zone, say a 3-season porch. Or, you may have a zone for every room in your home. Having multiple zones controlled independently not only improves comfort in each room, it can save you a lot of money in lower utility bills.

Sizing

Choosing the right size unit for your home is critical to ensuring comfort and efficiency. The power of air conditioners is measured in BTUs. The higher the BTUs, the larger the volume of air an air conditioner will be able to effectively cool. Some product specs will list the size of a room it is designed to cool. Or, you can also do the calculations yourself based on the products BTU rating.
Generally, the square footage of a room translates into the following number of BTUs needed:
  • 300 sq. ft. 7,000 BTUs
  • 350 sq. ft. 8,000 BTUs
  • 400 sq. ft. 9,000 BTUs
  • 450 sq. ft. 10,000 BTUs
  • 500 sq. ft. 11,000 BTUs
  • 550 sq. ft. 12,000 BTUs
  • 625 sq. ft. 13,000 BTUs
  • 700 sq. ft. 14,000 BTUs
  • 1,000 sq. ft. 18,000 BTUs

Installation Location

One of the main advantages of ductless systems is the flexibility of installation locations. While a window air conditioner is stuck in the window, a ductless unit can be installed in the floor, the ceiling or on the wall. Wherever they are installed, most mini-split units are compact and unobtrusive.

Additional Features

• Remote control operation - Most ductless systems come with a wireless remote for controlling the unit. Some offer smartphone apps that let you monitor and control the system while you're away from home.
• Timers
• Reusable filters

Have questions about ductless cooling and heating for your home? Call Air Specialties Air Conditioning and Heating. We can help answer all your questions.

Published in Air Conditioning
If you're considering a window air conditioner to cool individual rooms in your home, you may want to consider a ductless, or mini-split system instead. While initial installation costs are usually higher, in most cases a ductless system will offer better aesthetics, efficiency, convenience and versatility that will pay for itself.

Ductless or Window Air Conditioner?

Here are a few of the advantages ductless systems offer versus window AC units.

1. No window needed. A window air conditioner blocks the view outside and can present security issues. Window AC units can also be unsightly both inside and outside the home. Ductless systems are typically small, narrow units that can be mounted up high near the ceiling or in the floor where they won't get in the way.

2. Heating. In addition to cooling, some ductless systems can provide heating.

3. Expandability. Mini-split systems can be connected together to cool and heat up to 8 rooms.

4. Lower Noise. Because the condensor is located outside the house, minisplit systems are typically much quieter than window air conditioners.

5. Advanced Features - With some models you can monitor and adjust your ductless system with a remote control and create programs and schedules from your smartphone or tablet.

If you're considering replacing your window air conditioners with a ductless cooling system, call Air Specialties Air Conditioning and Heating. We can help answer all your questions.
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Ductless Heating - The Solution For Difficult To Heat Rooms

Connecticut Ductless Home HeatingIf your home has forced-air heating or a gas or oil boiler, you may have rooms that are difficult to heat because they are not accessible to install air ducts or radiators. Attics, additions, garages, sunrooms and enclosed porches can present special challenges for heating and cooling. In many cases it would be too cost prohibitive to add air ducts or plumbing for radiators. 

Ductless Heating Systems

A ductless, or mini-split system, consists of a small air handler in each room, often installed on a wall near the ceiling. A small conduit connects a condenser outside the home to the indoor air handlers. When used for cooling, they usually offer greater efficiency and improved performance compared to window AC units. When used for heating, ductless systems can provide just the right amount of heat where it is needed, providing an energy savings advantage over radiators and forced-air heating systems.

Air Specialties installs state-of-the art Mitsubishi Ductless Heating and Cooling Systems which offer advanced comfort and efficiency for any room in your house. All systems include a remote control and an optional smart phone app to custom program the unit.

Want to learn more about ductless mini-split systems? Give Air Specialties Air Conditioning and Heating a call today.
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The Advantages of Ductless Mini-Split System for Heating and Cooling Your Home

There are many situations where a home with a central heating and cooling system, or radiator heat can benefit from a mini-split ductless system. A mini-split system consists of a small air handler in each room, typically installed into the wall near the ceiling. A small conduit connects a condenser outside the home to all of the indoor air handlers. When used for cooling, they usually offer greater efficiency and improved performance compared to window AC units.

Here are some applications where mini-split systems offer an advantage over traditional central heating and cooling.

1. Mini-split systems can be installed in older homes, attics, or new additions without existing ductwork.
2. They can be used to solve challenging heating situations where the furnace or air conditioner is located too far from certain areas of the home, such a new addition.
3. Ductless heating and cooling is ideal where you need customized control over the temperature of a room for a specific purpose, such as a wine cellar or cold storage.
4. Seasonal spaces like detached garages, 3-season porches, and out buildings are ideal for ductless heating and cooling.

Want to learn more about ductless mini-split systems? Give Air Specialties Air Conditioning and Heating a call, we offer state-of-the-art Mitsubishi mini-split systems, for high efficiency and precision control.
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