Ductless mini-split air conditioning systems are an increasingly popular option for cooling homes and businesses.

ductless AC FAQ

In Georgia, your HVAC unit works year-round to make sure your space is as comfortable as possible. It supplies a comfortable surrounding for both residences and businesses.

One type of air conditioner that has become very popular in recent years is the ductless air conditioner. Continue reading for answers to ten commonly asked questions about this modern cooling system.

Q: What are ductless air conditioners?

Another name for ductless air conditioners is a “mini-split system.” This type of air conditioning setup requires no ducts and is especially designed for small spaces. Ductless air conditioners are popular for their small size as well as heat exchanger and compressor that is installed in an outside unit. Most mini-split systems have a capacity of 9,000 to 36,000 BTU and take up less space than a regular central air conditioner or window unit.

Q: Are ductless air conditioners loud?

One of the advantages of the ductless air conditioner is that it is very quiet. This is because there are no long ducts which often cause a whistle effect. Some models are said to be quieter than a human whisper. This is a feature that is especially enjoyed by people who have a baby in the home.

Q: Are ductless air conditioners efficient?

Ductless air conditioners are especially effective and a cost-effective way to replace things such as electric baseboard heaters, window units or electric heaters located in baseboards. They are very efficient in the rooms where they are installed.

Q: Do ductless AC units dehumidify?

Humidity is one thing that is often a problem in various areas of the country. Fortunately, ductless air conditioners remove humidity during the cooling process. This is due to their “dry mode,” which is designed to remove moisture.

Q: How are ductless air conditioners installed?

Ductless air conditioners can be installed on the ceiling or on an interior wall, and they require a hole drilled in the wall to connect with the outside unit. A condensing unit is installed outdoors with the unit connection facing the house. Refrigerant lines, electrical wires and a defrost wire are run from the outdoors to the indoor unit. These lines have a conduit shield that protects the power cable and condensate drain.

Q: How to clean ductless air conditioners?

Cleaning a ductless air conditioner is a process that must be done with care. It consists of turning off the system, removing the filters and cleaning the pipes, coil and condenser. While there are DIY instructions on the internet, there is the danger of using cleaners that can damage the hydrophilic coatings on the cooling coils. These coatings work on the condensation control in the unit.

Cleaning involves coils, rotary blades, removing and replacing filters and flushing the rotary blades and coil with water to remove the dirt and grime. This is not an easy task, and most people prefer to have it done by a professional who will also check out the outdoor unit, wiring and connecting pipes.

Q: How to properly size ductless AC?

Choosing the correct size of a ductless air conditioner is essential if you wish to obtain the maximum comfort available. These conditioners are sized from 350 square feet (9,000 BTU) to 1,500 square feet (36,000 BTU).

If the size of the cooling area is too large or too small, it is easy to have a unit that will not perform correctly. Things such as the building insulation, the number of units required and humidity control should all be considered when purchasing a ductless air conditioner.

Q: How much does a ductless AC installation cost?

The cost of a ductless air conditioner varies according to size, whether electric wiring needs to be installed, if a hole needs to be made in the exterior wall and so forth. The average cost for equipment alone are as follows:
















Once you factor in installation and labor expenses, the bill can go as high as $7,000. The final cost varies from one manufacturer to another as well as one contractor to another.

Q: Which ductless AC system manufacturer is best?

There are a number of top-performing ductless air conditioner models on the market. The most popular manufacturers are Carrier, Daikin, Mitsubishi, LG and Fujitsu (with Mitsubishi and Daikin receiving the highest score).

Choosing a model with a proven record and adequate warranties is essential if you wish to install a ductless system that is efficient and cost-saving in the long run.

Q: Who installs mini-split AC systems?

Installation of a mini-split AC requires the expertise of someone who has had extensive training in the field. When choosing a ductless AC installer, it is important to determine that they have the experience to do the job quickly and efficiently.

At Gagne Heating and Air Conditioning, we are proud to offer highly trained and insured Georgia HVAC technicians who are ready to install your mini-split air conditioner in a fast and efficient manner. Contact us today and one of our experts will be happy to discuss the wide variety of units available and help you decide which unit will best fit your needs.

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