Split-system air conditioners for homes without air ducts
Many newer systems also function as heat pumps, providing primary heating as well as cooling.
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- Easier installation than central systems
- Air ducts not required
- Zone control provides balanced comfort and energy savings
- Quieter than window or thru-wall units
- More secure than window air conditioners
- Eliminates losses common in air duct
- Split-systems cost about $1,500-$2,000 per ton (12,000 Btu/h) of cooling capacity. This is about 30% more than central systems, and may cost twice as much as window units of similar capacity.
- Qualified contractors may be difficult to locate in many smaller centres, until these systems are in wider usage
Note: The term, "split-system," can also be used to describe conventional central air-conditioners and heat pumps. If you’re shopping for “ductless” systems, make sure the dealer understands which system you are looking for. Ductless split-systems are sometimes referred to as “mini-splits."
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