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Ductless AC Systems Have Come a Long Way


Ductless air conditioning systems, also known as mini-split systems or ductless mini split heat pumps, originated in Japan as a way to provide convenient heating and cooling to small homes. Since then, ductless HVAC has significantly evolved as it spread around the globe, and it’s now becoming more popular than ever for homeowners in the US. 

We install ductless systems in Hart County, GA as well as offer service to repair and maintain them, so we can shed some light on how much ductless mini splits have improved. If you’re considering a ductless cooling and heating system, you may find this information helpful—and you can always consult with our pros for more information.

Early Beginnings

The early ductless HVAC systems introduced in Japan were basic, focusing primarily on offering a cooling solution where putting in ducts simpy wasn’t an option and as an alternative to bulky, ugly, and inefficient window units. The initial models were basic, with limited features and lower energy efficiency compared to today’s standards.

Technological Advancements

Over the past few decades, ductless HVAC systems have seen significant advancements, making them a competitive alternative to traditional HVAC systems. Key areas of improvement include:

Energy Efficiency

Modern ductless systems boast high SEER2 (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings, often exceeding those of traditional central air systems. The introduction of inverter technology now allows the compressor of a ductless heat pump to adjust its speed based on the cooling demand, reducing energy consumption and improving efficiency.

Smart Technology Integration

Today’s ductless systems can be integrated with smart home technology, allowing users to control their units via smartphones, tablets, or voice commands. Advanced thermostats and sensors can optimize the temperature and airflow, enhancing comfort and efficiency.

Improved Air Quality

Many modern ductless systems include multi-stage filtration to remove dust, allergens, and other pollutants from the air rather than simple plastic reusable filters. Other models offer advanced features like air purifiers and dehumidifiers to help with healthier indoor air quality.

Enhanced Look and Design

Manufacturers have focused on designing sleeker, more compact indoor units that blend seamlessly with interior decor. There are options for wall-mounted, floor-mounted, and ceiling cassette units to offer flexibility in installation and overall aesthetic preferences.

Quieter Operation

Advances in compressor and fan technology have reduced the noise levels of ductless AC systems. Modern units operate at noise levels as low as 19 decibels, making them ideal for bedrooms, offices, and other quiet environments.

Installation and Maintenance

The installation process for ductless HVAC systems has also gotten better, becoming simpler and less invasive. Key benefits include faster and easier installation, greater flexibility with zone control cooling and heating, and straightforward maintenance.

Going Ductless

If you’re curious about ductless mini splits, there’s plenty to recommend them. You don’t even need to revamp your current HVAC system: ductless mini splits are useful for converted rooms, add-on rooms, and to target hard to heat and cool spaces. We’re glad to help you find the best way to take advantage of this rapidly evolving comfort technology.

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