Expert Cooling Options for Albuquerque & Santa Fe
Ductless Air Conditioners are an excellent choice for homeowners with no ductwork in their home, or homes not originally designed for air conditioning like many in Santa Fe. TLC’s expert HVAC technicians can provide custom options that fit each homeowner’s needs. TLC’s team of technicians are also fully qualified to repair and maintain all makes and models of ductless air conditioners.
What Are Ductless Air Conditioners?
A ductless air conditioning system is typically referred to as a mini split system provides zoned cooling without any ductwork. Like refrigerated air conditioners, mini split systems have an outdoor compressor/condenser unit. But also include an indoor air handling unit mounted to the wall.
The main advantage of ductless air conditioners are their small size and flexibility for cooling individual rooms or areas in a home. Many models can have as many as 4 indoor air handlers (for 4 zones or rooms) connected to the outdoor unit. The number of units needed depends on how much cooling is required for the home or each zone. Each zone has its own thermostat, so you only need to cool the space when its occupied, saving money and energy.
Benefits to Ductless Mini Split Systems
Ductless air conditioners are a great option if you have an older home, or your home wasn’t originally designed for air conditioning. Other options include if you’ve added a room addition or a room that needs extra cooling.
Ductless Mini-split System FAQ’s
Things you should think about when considering ductless mini-split systems for your home
Is a Ductless System Right for Me?
Ductless air conditioning is an excellent choice for homeowners who desire a less invasive approach to HVAC remodeling. Because they have no ductwork, they are ideal for older homes where owners want to maintain the integrity of existing structures.
The indoor units of these ductless systems are stylish and discreet, and many of them do more than just cool your room. They can reduce allergens and kill harmful bacteria in the air.
Also, if you are adding a room onto your house, a ductless air conditioning system is an excellent way to provide comfort without disrupting or expanding your current HVAC system.
Is there a difference between Ductless and Forced Air Refrigerated Air?
The main difference between ductless air conditioning and all other AC systems is temperature control. For every unit you have in a room, you have absolute control over the temperature. While you may like the kitchen to be cool while you cook, your bedroom can stay a comfortable 73 degrees.
What are the other Benefits of Ductless Air Conditioners?
These systems are among the most energy efficient on the market, which means that you can save money on electricity during those hot summer months.
Answer: Yes! While some units are limited to cooling, many mini split options include a heating element alongside cooling.
Answer: The amount of units will very dependent on the square footage you’re trying to condition.
Answer: No mini Splits are usually quieter than conventional cooling systems.
Answer: Yes, a mini split AC unit can be installed on an interior wall. However often times the cost might outweigh the benefit. Typically zones along exterior walls tend to have the most heat and cold loss, making installation on an outside wall best.
Answer: Yes they are for a multitude of reasons one most mini splits are 16 seer and higher also you can cool the room you want to as with a conventional cooling system you can’t just cool one room you have to cool the whole house.
Answer: When installed properly by a certified technician Mini-splits are absolutely a reliable source of heating and cooling. A properly installed unit, along with regular maintenance can provide consistent heating and cooling for years.
Answer: Multi Zone units can run anywhere from three to five heads. Each head can potentially cool a single room. Dual zone units can run only two heads, limiting the zones they can cool.
Troubleshooting a Ductless Mini Split AC Unit
If you are having issues with your Ductless Mini Split, try some of the trouble shooting tips below. If none of these seem to fix your problem, please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with a TLC technician.
If you Mini Split doesn’t come on you want to check the simple things like does it have power. Make sure the breaker isn’t tripped. If it does have power see if it’s showing a weird code on the display. If so, look in your owner’s manual for it outside of any of these things you should call a technician.
Typically you’ll only see it go into defrost in the winter when you’re using it for heating and when it’s really cold outside. Most units now are designed to run at -10 and are set up to where you shouldn’t really notice a defrost cycle. If you do notice or its not heating because of how much it’s in defrost, you should call a technician to look at it.
The most common reason for loss of cold air on a mini split is as simple as a dirty filter. Regular filter maintenance is key to keeping your unit cooling at peak efficiency. If cleaning the filter doesn’t fix your problem, consider giving TLC a call.
The number one cause of leaks on a ductless air conditioner is due to a clogged condensate line. These lines allow the condensation from freezer coils to drain safely away from your unit. Water appearing around or under the unit can indicate a clogged line.
A properly maintained ductless AC unit rarely grows mold. If you do not see any visible signs of mold but wish to be sure, a technician can examine your unit.
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