Between June and the end of September, many or even most Canadians will seek comfort from air conditioning on more than a few occasions. And while central air conditioning systems and window units may be the norm, a ductless air conditioner may also work.

A ductless air conditioner is also called a ‘mini-split’ system, and it consists of one unit mounted on an inside wall and one mounted outside the house. It also has two refrigerant lines that run between each unit; one to deliver electricity and one to remove condensate.

A ductless air conditioner is noticeably quieter than standard units, making it an ideal choice for people with small children. You might also need a ductless air conditioner if any of the following apply:

    1. Hot Water Radiators

If you live in an older home that relies on hot water radiators for heat, there won’t be any ducts to hook up a central air conditioning system. With ductless air conditioners available, you won’t need to do a big renovation on your house or suffer through a noisy air unit.

    1. Electric Baseboard Heat

Many homes are still on the electric baseboard heating system, and these are also prime candidates for ductless air conditioners. As with hot water heating, electric baseboards don’t offer any duct work to run a central air conditioning system through.

  1. Ductless Additions

It’s not uncommon for homeowners to build an addition to part of the house, but not include any ducts leading to and from that room. For these types of rooms, whether they be bedrooms, rec rooms or kitchens, a ductless air conditioner would work perfectly.

It’s also important to point out that the mini-split ductless system enables a more constant temperature than a window unit, and the security risk of having the window partially open all the time isn’t there. The indoor unit can sometimes be placed up to 75 feet away from the compressor without any power or efficiency loss.

Wondering what type of air conditioning unit is best for your home? Contact the furnace and air conditioning service experts at Laird & Son to learn more about your options.