Single vs. Multi-Zone Ductless System: What’s the Difference?

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An increasingly popular option for home comfort, a ductless mini-split system offers endless opportunities for customization. The technology behind these specialty heat pumps makes them adaptable to every application. Whether you need to cool a single space or your entire Sanford, FL home, there’s a ductless AC system that’s perfect for you. If you’re considering a new HVAC installation, the following information about single-zone and multi-zone systems can help you make the right decision.

Discover the Ductless Difference

Like most air conditioning systems, ductless heat pumps use a refrigerant to extract heat from the air. It’s the way that ductless distributes the cooled air that sets it apart from traditional AC systems. Instead of relying on a maze of ductwork, ductless systems deliver air through independently operating air handlers. Conduit lines installed behind each air handler link to a single outdoor unit housing the heavy equipment. The only alteration made to your home is a small hole behind each air handler to accommodate the conduit line. Taking ductwork out of the equation means you can install ductless AC virtually anywhere in your home.

Single-Zone Ductless Mini-Split

Designed to cool a solitary space, single-zone ductless AC works well for room additions, enclosed porches, mother-in-law units and converted garages. It’s also popular for rooms that only need occasional cooling or living spaces that stay too warm during the summer. Compared with conventional window air conditioners, this type of targeted cooling offers multiple advantages.

  • A single ductless mini-split is up to 30 percent more efficient than a window unit.
  • A ductless unit won’t block a window, allowing you to enjoy natural light and unobstructed views.
  • A single-zone unit makes significantly less noise than a window air conditioner.

Multi-Zone Ductless Systems

Perfect for houses that can’t easily accommodate ductwork, multi-zone ductless systems offer an appealing alternative to central air conditioning. They’re also a great choice if you’re thinking about replacing an older, inefficient AC system. Multi-zone systems feature a series of individual air handlers connected to a single outdoor unit. Since each air handler has a thermostat, you can set different temperatures in each designated zone. A hand-held remote control lets you alter temperatures and fan speeds at the touch of a finger.

Adding Up the Benefits of Ductless AC System

The ability to personalize your comfort is just one of the many benefits you’ll enjoy with a ductless system. No other kind of HVAC system does a better job at maintaining the ideal temperature wherever you are in your home. Ductless stands alone when it comes to saving you money too. With efficiency ratings as high as SEER 38, they’re arguably the most energy-stingy systems on the market.

Ductless mini-split heat pumps are quiet, non-intrusive and easy to install. They also do a better job at controlling humidity and removing air pollutants than central air systems. Finally, if you’re wondering if you can also use ductless to heat your home, the answer is “Yes!” Many models provide both heating and cooling.

Your Premier Choice for Ductless HVAC Services

Not every HVAC company in Florida has the experience and know-how it takes to install, repair and maintain ductless systems. At Del-Air Heating and Air Conditioning, our expertise has earned us a Diamond Dealer designation from Mitsubishi Electric. With a proven record of reliability, efficiency and performance, Mitsubishi is the industry’s leader in ductless HVAC. We’re proud to offer single-zone and multi-zone ductless systems featuring Mitsubishi’s advanced technologies.

Are you ready to upgrade your comfort with a personalized ductless system? Find out with a free consultation from the experts at Del-Air Heating and Air Conditioning. We’ll help you select the ductless system that best meets your needs and fits your budget. To learn more, explore our ductless mini-split services or give us a call today.

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