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Ductless Mini Split

How Can a Ductless Mini Split AC System Keep a Home Cool During the Summer Months?

Summer is the season of grilling and get-togethers, of parties and fun. That’s why it’s so important to keep the home cool, comfortable, and inviting. After all, no one wants the guests at their 4th of July bash to be sweating indoors. Having more bodies inside will naturally bring up the home’s temperature - not to mention the hot summer sun shining in through the windows - so it’s crucial to have an air conditioner that can handle the load and keep things cool. 

This is where a ductless mini-split cooling system comes in handy. These systems can provide cool air throughout the entire home with greater control and efficiency than window units or central air systems, which is why so many homeowners are making the switch. Keep reading to learn all about the benefits of mini-split cooling.

What Ductless Cooling Is and How It Works

As the name suggests, a ductless cooling system is a form of air conditioning that provides cool air directly to a given room without an air duct system intermediary. Ductless systems are much smaller than central air conditioning units and more discreet than window units. Instead of delivering cool air throughout the home via a series of ducts, each room has its own system.

Each system features two separate units - one inside and one outside. The indoor unit, typically installed where one wall meets the ceiling, is called the evaporator. The outdoor unit, which typically sits on the ground on the other side of the wall, is called the condenser. A copper refrigerant line and electrical wiring run through a small hole in the wall to connect the two units.

A fan in the evaporator unit pulls in indoor air and blows it over refrigerant-filled coils and back into the room. The coils absorb the heat energy from the air, making it cool. The refrigerant carries this heat energy out to similar coils in the condenser unit, where a fan blows outdoor air over them. The heat is transferred to the outdoor air, and the refrigerant is pumped back in to repeat the process. 


Advantages Over Central Air Systems

The ducts in homes with central air systems are typically located in uninsulated areas like attics or crawlspaces. Because of this, the conditioned air isn’t quite as cool as it could be by the time it reaches the home’s various rooms. This kind of energy loss naturally doesn’t occur with ductless systems.

But that’s not the only way they’re more efficient. A central air system will deliver cold air to every room in the house, whether occupied or not. With ductless systems, homeowners can choose to cool only certain rooms at a time. This also means that one can control each room’s temperature independently of the rest of the house - what better way to celebrate the spirit of liberty and independence this July 4th!

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How Ductless Mini Splits Can Improve Indoor Air Quality

Another benefit of ductless mini splits is their positive impact on indoor air quality. The ductwork in a central air system can become contaminated with dust, debris, and even mold. These pollutants may then be circulated throughout the home’s air, posing a risk to respiratory health. Without ducts, this is virtually a non-issue. Of course, ductless systems do have air filters that can collect pollutants over time, so it’s imperative to make sure they’re cleaned regularly - every 2-4 weeks, depending on the level of dust or pet dander in the home.

About 4 Seasons Heating & Cooling

4 Seasons Heating & Cooling has been proudly serving the Reno, NV community since 2008. Their licensed, insured, and background-checked, and drug-tested expert technicians arrive on time in fully stocked trucks to ensure maximum safety, convenience, and efficiency. They offer 24/7 emergency AC service, extended warranties, and complimentary 2-year maintenance on new installs.

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