What is a Split System Air Conditioner?
The Split System Air Conditioner is the most common type of residential air conditioning system used in Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch. All split system air conditioner units have two major components. The outside unit is the compressor and the inside unit is the air handler.
Split System Air Conditioner Types
To make things confusing for those who are not familiar with air conditioning, there are two kinds of split systems air conditioner units:
1. A whole house split system air conditioner unit; and
2. A ductless mini-system unit
Whole House Split System Air Conditioner
Most of us are familiar with a whole house split system. Outside the home, on a concrete pad is the compressor unit. The compressor unit cools and conditions the air and removes moisture from it. Inside the home is a blower unit / air handler. The blower unit moves the air through the ducts that traverse the home and empty out through vents into the home’s many rooms. The air then returns to the compressor to be conditioned again by being pulled through different vents. This is why you can feel air blowing out of most of the vents in your home but not all of the vents.
Ductless Mini System Air Conditioning Unit
A ductless mini system is for use in homes that do not have duct work. Just as with a whole house unit, the compressor is outside and a blower with thermostat and controls are inside. These units are for cooling individual rooms. Since they have two components, they do not need in a window for installation or a large unit-sized hole cut into an exterior wall. Although easy for a professional to install, these units are initially more costly than a window unit is, however they are more energy-efficient.
Outside is where the cooling takes place, the installer drills two small holes through the wall and lines connect between the inside and outside units. One line carries coolant to the inside air handler and the second line removes condensation from the interior.
If your home has no duct work and needs cooling in more than one room, the ductless system can cool more than one room by installing several indoor components to one properly sized outdoor component.
Size Counts in HVAC
If you are replacing units that did the job of cooling your space well, buy similar sized units. Energy efficiency is not a factor of size, but of efficiency measured by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. The higher the SEER is, the more energy-efficient your AC is too. Too large a unit for your inside space results in higher than normal energy bills and could cause the unit to freeze and need repair.