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Ask Our Acton Cooling Technicians: What is Ductless Air Conditioning?

Ask Our Acton Cooling Technicians: What is Ductless Air Conditioning?

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Ductless air conditioning is also referred to as mini-split system. Ductless AC consists of inside mounted wall unit that delivers cool air to the room and an outside mounted unit on the other side of the wall. The units are connected through the wall to provide electricity and drain the condensed water outside. Ductless AC typically includes a blower and thermostat to control the climate of the room.

If your heating system is forced hot air and you already have ductwork, you can add an air conditioning system to the existing furnace. Contact us with the manufacturer information or to arrange an inspection and quote.

Ductless Air Conditioning gives you permanent air conditioning solution for less money and eliminates the hassle and security issues of window units.

How to Install a Ductless Air Conditioning:

Installing a split Air Conditioning is easy for any Air Conditioning company, but can get tricky for a homeowner.  Not only are specific tools and knowledge required to complete setup, but installation includes electrical, gas, and refrigerant connections that are often regulated by a set of laws at the state, local and federal level.    We have seen some customers install a system unprofessionally without performing all the necessary steps, which resulted in issues within the first few months of operation.

In short, you can do all the handyman work yourself and hire an Air Conditioning company to finish the important – advanced procedures of the installation. For example you can drill the hole in the wall, run the copper lines and connections outside, carefully hang the indoor unit and unpack > place the outdoor unit outside on a concrete pad or flat surface. Then have the HVAC contractor complete the steps you can’t perform / don’t have tools for (vacuuming the lines, setting gauges, couplings, releasing refrigerant, testing for leaks etc). Also, remember no matter how good an install kit the manufacturer provides, these steps are a must for any mini split installation.  Some online retailers will make you believe there package systems are more user-friendly or a ‘plug-n-play’ by marketing the install kits as “quick connect”.  But this is not true.  Our install kits are quick connect as well, but this doesn’t mean the difficult steps are somehow skipped.  Nor does it guarantee a defect free unit.  For example if the copper lines have a small hole and are not tested for leaks, the refrigerant will slowly leak out within 2-3 months, your AC will stop working and you will end up paying $500+ to have the system recharged and lines re-routed for what otherwise would have been a quick free of cost replacement.  So it’s worth having it installed the right way.  But if they install the whole system out of box, the labor charge will of course be higher.  Doing the simple steps and leaving the hard stuff for the pros not only guarantees a long-lasting system, but also ensures an energy efficient, effective installation.

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By Dan Burrows

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