Homes built before the advent of central air conditioning can present a real challenge if you want modern comfort. To retrofit your historic home, you’ll have to sacrifice space inside for the air handler. Plus, you’ll need to accommodate the ductwork which may require a disruptive modification of your home’s interior.
In this case, your best option might be to forego the ductwork completely. Ductless mini-split systems make this possible.
What is a Ductless Mini-Split?
Though professional installation is still required, a ductless mini-split’s configuration is far less invasive than that of a conventional HVAC system. It consists of an indoor air handler and an outdoor compressor/condenser. The two units are connected by a conduit containing the power, refrigerant, and condensate lines through a small hole in the wall.
This arrangement preserves the historic integrity of your home. The air handler mounts flush against the wall. Otherwise, the interior is left as is.
More Scenarios When a Ductless Mini-Split Makes Sense
Fortunately, the majority of homes in Carrollton are equipped with central air systems. The likelihood of finding a property without HVAC is slim. Still, a ductless mini-split is a smart option in several scenarios:
You’re building an addition: Your existing HVAC unit is sized according to the square footage of your home. Increasing your home’s footprint might necessitate a larger central air conditioning system. Rather than upgrade and extend ductwork to your new space, a ductless mini-split offers easier installation. It will operate separately from your current AC unit, providing targeted comfort for the added room.
You need AC in your garage: If you’re converting your garage or attic into a livable space, a mini-split is your best bet for indoor climate control: no need to extend your ductwork and tax your current HVAC system.
Benefits of Ductless Mini-Splits
A ductless mini-split has advantages beyond easy installation:
More energy efficient: By virtue of operating without ducts, which lose up to 30 percent of conditioned air, these systems are significantly more efficient than a conventional HVAC unit.
Zoned climate control: With multiple air handlers connected to a single outside unit, you can create different climate zones in your home. One room could be at 68° while another is at 72°.
Bottom line: Ductless mini-splits are a viable alternative to conventional central air systems, providing target comfort and longterm savings. To learn more, contact the pros at Lex Air Conditioning and Heating. Call (972) 217-8955 to schedule a consultation.