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Split System Air Conditioners

When it comes to cooling your home, you have several options available, depending what you are looking for. A split system air conditioner is one option for indoor cooling that offers a number of benefits over traditional systems or window-mounted units. These ductless air conditioning systems are energy efficient, feature quiet operation, and can be set up to cool a specific area in your home or your entire home.

What is a split system air conditioner?

The aptly named split air conditioner is a type of HVAC system that has two parts: an outdoor unit and one or more indoor units. The large outdoor unit contains the compressor and condenser while the small indoor unit features a cooling coil, filter, and blower. These two units are connected with tubing and electrical wires. Because a split air conditioner is ductless, it can be used in any home without the need for major renovations. They are available in a variety of styles and sizes, including large full-house installations, split heat pumps, and Mini Split versions.

What is a split system heat pump?

With a split heat pump, which is similar to split air conditioning with both outdoor and indoor components, you have heating and cooling components together in a single HVAC system. This type of heat pump provides heating for your home in cold weather and cool air in the summer through the use of a reversing valve that switches the flow of the refrigerant. These systems are also energy efficient because they don't produce heat with fans and burners like a traditional heating system. Instead, the heat pump uses a system of air cycling to draw cold air out of your home, which is a process that is reversed in warmer seasons to cool the indoor air by drawing warm air outside.

How does a split system air conditioner work?

Split conditioning systems work by drawing refrigerant from one unit to another. The large outdoor unit pumps the liquid to one or more smaller indoor units, which can be installed in any space in your home, including closets, attics, and other hard-to-regulate areas.

These air conditioner units also have a ductless operation, making them a suitable choice for any home without existing ductwork. Larger systems must be professionally installed, but a mini split unit can be installed yourself with a few basic tools. In any case, the absence of ducts means that there are fewer places where hot or cold air can escape the space, which makes these multi-part units energy efficient. They also provide quiet operation, as the loudest parts of the air conditioning system (the condenser and compressor) are located outside the home.

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