Asheville, NC Air Conditioning FAQ: What is the Best Location for My Ductless AC’s Indoor Air Handler?

If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, then you may have heard of ductless mini split systems. They have long been used in Europe and Asia, as well as in commercial applications (such as hotels) throughout the US, but only recently have they made their way into the residential home. One of the decisions you will have to make during the installation of your ductless AC is where to put your ductless indoor air handler. This is a common concern, but it’s certainly not a problem. One of the great advantages of the ductless system is that you have some versatility with respect to the layout.

A ductless mini split air conditioner has a conventional outdoor condenser/compressor, the very same one used in standard central air designs. The indoor air handler/evaporator is unique, however. It is a sleek, compact device. It is shaped like a half-cylinder and it usually sits high on the wall of your living space, because cool air flows downward. It does everything that a standard indoor air handler does: it extracts warm air and sends cool air into the room. It connects to the outdoor unit by means of a group of refrigerant, drainage, and electrical lines that run through a relatively small hole.

Before deciding where to put your indoor air handlers, there are a couple of factors to consider. First, how many indoor air handlers do you have? A professional AC contractor will have determined how many BTUs and tons of cooling you need for your living space, and will have recommended one or possible two outdoor units, each of which can typically take up to 4 indoor air handlers. The next step in the process is dividing your home into zones. This will depend both on the design of your home as well as your custom cooling needs. You probably want an individual air handler unit in each of the bedrooms, as well as one for the living room and kitchen, respectively. It all depends on the particularities of your home. Make sure to consult with your installer to ensure that you’re getting exactly what you want.

For more information about ductless mini split systems, call the Asheville, NC air conditioning technicians at Comfort Central today!

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