A majority of homeowners in the United States prefer central Air Conditioning Systems as they are the most effective at distributing air throughout the home. In the absence of a central AC system, an excellent alternative is window ACs which are even more affordable and quite efficient. However, in places within the home where window ACs cannot be used, another nice option is a split AC system, also commonly referred to as a ductless air conditioner.
As the name suggests, a split AC system is split into two parts; the outdoor unit and the indoor unit. The outdoor unit comprises a condenser coil, compressor, and a capillary tubing or an expansion coil, and is installed outside the room that you wish to cool. The indoor unit, meanwhile, is a nice-looking appliance that houses the cooling coil, an air filter, and a long blower.
The main difference between the split AC and other air conditioning units is that split AC systems are a lot simpler to install because they don’t require duct-work. This, of course, is the reason that split systems are often referred to as ductless air conditioners. Instead of ductwork, the indoor and outdoor units of a split AC system are connected using a short section of tubing and a set of electrical wires.
Split AC system sales and installation are typically available through local companies that offer AC repair and sales.
Split AC Systems offer a variety of benefits, including:
Energy savings: The duct-work required for traditional AC units tends to increase energy consumption as a result of heat exchange in the air duct system. This is particularly common with central AC systems. Without the duct system in the split AC, energy loss is minimized.
Noise reduction: The two parts of the AC that make the most noise are the compressor and condenser fan. In a split AC, both of these are located outside the room being cooled meaning that the level of noise is significantly reduced. As such, compared to Window and other ACs where everything is located within the room being cooled, a split AC guarantees greater indoor comfort.
Multi-split option: With a split AC, you can have multiple indoor units connected to a single outdoor unit. This is a big advantage over other AC systems because you can essentially use the same AC system to cool multiple buildings. You just need to purchase separate indoor units and connect them to the same outdoor unit.
Lower cost of operation: Most importantly, split AC systems guarantee solid cost savings. Granted, the initial cost of buying and installing the system is often higher than for other AC systems. But after it’s installed, you’ll pocket a few hundred dollars every year in energy savings – money that can be better spent elsewhere.