Split-Unit Air Conditioner-What Is It And What Are The Benefits?

30 July 2016
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When it comes to keeping your home cool and comfortable, there are several home air conditioning installation options to choose from. Some homeowners may opt for a window air conditioning unit while others may go the more traditional route and have a gas or electric HVAC system installed. But, there is another approach that some homeowners may not be aware of, a ductless air conditioning system, also known as a split-unit air conditioner.  

What is a Split-Unit Air Conditioner?

A split-unit air conditioner consists of two units: the indoor unit and the outdoor unit. The indoor unit contains an air filter, the cooling coil and a blower. The outside unit is typically installed on the wall outside of the space that you want to cool. It contains that condenser coil, the compressor and expansion coil. This type of home air conditioning installation does not require duct-work. Instead, the two units are connected with tubing and a set of electrical wires.

Benefits of a Split-Unit Air Conditioning System

This type of air conditioning system has several advantages over traditional HVAC systems, including:

  • In a split-unit system, the fan and compressor are located outside, so the main source of the noise is removed from indoors.  
  • Split-unit air conditioning systems are available in single, dual and quad options. This allows you to install an inside unit in one, two or four rooms. The inside units are connected to a single outside unit. This allows you cool individual areas, instead of cooling the entire house.
  • HVAC units require extensive air ducts throughout the house. As the cold or hot air travels through the ducts, a large portion of the heat is transferred outside, so the loss of heat must be compensated for, this causes the air conditioner to work harder, using more power. Since a split-unit air conditioner doesn't use ducts and the refrigerant hoses are well-insulated, there is minimal heat loss.
  • A split-unit home air conditioning installation is less labor intensive than a traditional HVAC system and unlike with window air conditioners, you will not lose a window.
  • This type of system is more compact than an HVAC system, which makes them ideal for apartments, smaller homes and mobile homes. They are also ideal for larger homes with attic spaces or a basement.
  • Split-unit systems are eco-friendly. They use less energy because they cool a specific space instead of trying to cool multiple rooms that are not in use.
  • Split-unit systems can be used for both cooling and heating your home.

Split-unit air conditioners are an efficient and cost-effective way to cool your home. This type of air conditioning does require professional installation and the initial installation cost for this type air conditioning unit is typically higher than the cost of installing a window unit. However, the amount of money you may save on the cost of your energy bill as well as the life-span of the unit will make the end result worth it. To learn more, contact a company like HomeSmart From Xcel Energy.