Ductless Air Conditioner vs. Portable ACs

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Central air conditioning systems may not be a viable solution for your house, or they may not be the best choice for your particular needs.

You have the option of placing a window unit, a portable air conditioner, or a ductless air conditioner heat pump system combo.

What’s the difference?

A small window air conditioning unit is a compact, portable air conditioner that is designed to fit in your living room window. It is only intended to cool one area at a time.

A portable air conditioning unit is similar but not identical. It provides a single zoned cooling by sitting on the floor and using a duct to exhaust hot air either through a window or door.

As these units absorb humidity from the surrounding air, you must empty the condensate water pan on a regular basis it you are using one of these cooling systems.

How do ductless air conditioners work?

A ductless air conditioner—often known as a ductless mini-split system—is made up of two parts:

  • One part of the system is located outside of the house, similar to the condensing unit of a central air conditioner.
  • The other part is the indoor air handler unit, which, just like the evaporator coil of a ducted central air conditioning system, is mounted on a wall inside the room.
    Copper pipes—lineset—pass through a tiny 3″ diameter hole drilled in the wall of the house to connect these two components. With new models  Up to 5 indoor units can be connected to a single outdoor unit to provide zoned air conditioning when and where you need it the most.

How much is a ductless split air conditioner?

Window air conditioners are often the cheapest option and the easiest option and also the quickest to install.  Portable units come in a close second place regarding price and convenience of installation.

Ductless mini-splits, on the other hand, tend to be a somewhat more expensive alternative due to the additional components and more complex installation process. Ductless cooling systems, on the other hand, are significantly less expensive than switching to central air conditioning since they allow you to avoid building ductwork where no such currently exists.

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