Daikin Ductless AC and Heat Pumps Mean Comfort – Minneapolis St. Paul, MN
For thousands of Twin Cities area homeowners and property owners, Minnesota’s humid, hot summer weather causes discomfort. In homes with central heating furnaces and ductwork, a central AC unit outside that removes heat from the home and uses the air ducts to circulate cool air throughout solves the problem. For homes without air ducts and in many commercial buildings, though, central AC isn’t an option or costs far too much to install as a retrofit. Window air conditioners can help, but are noisy, unattractive, and very inefficient. At Twin Cities Comfort, a leader in residential and commercial HVAC sales and installation for the entire Minneapolis St. Paul area, we’re excited about this new way to bring more comfort into homes and businesses. Ductless mini-split air conditioning technology is relatively new in this country. It is rapidly becoming popular as an effective, affordable solution for homes and other buildings that can’t use traditional central air conditioners.
- What is the difference between ductless and central air conditioning?
- Why are ductless AC systems better than window units?
- Can a mini-split unit heat and cool multiple rooms?
Duct-free cooling lets a wide variety of property owners benefit from this quiet, efficient breakthrough. As soon as this technology became available, we began installing ductless AC for our customers, revolutionizing their summer cooling requirements and relieving the discomfort of summer living.
How Air Conditioning Works to Cool Interior Spaces
All air conditioners use a refrigeration cycle to move hot air from indoors and exhaust it outside. A special refrigerant extracts that heat, with the help of a compressor, through condensation. A heat exchanger coil, called a condenser, heats up and a fan blows air across the heated coil to the outdoors, getting rid of excess heat. Indoors, a second coil is used to remove indoor heat by evaporating the refrigerant. Another fan blows air through that coil, cooling the room’s interior. Electrical energy powers the compressor and fans. No matter how your spaces are air conditioned, this process is how it works.
Central AC and Window Units Are Familiar to Everyone
In most homes, the ductwork and forced-air gas furnace handle heating. Air conditioning for those homes uses a split-system AC unit, installed outside of the home. You usually can’t hear it running from indoors. It contains the compressor and condenser coil. Indoors, an evaporator coil, called an A-coil is installed in the air duct system. Refrigerant moves through insulated tubing between the outdoor unit and indoor coils. The same furnace blower used to circulate warm air in winter blows through the evaporator coil, cooling the home. Window air conditioners contain all of the components in the bulky box hanging out of your window. You get cooling in just one room, plus all the noise of the compressor and blower. Window units are quickly becoming obsolete, due to ductless technology.
Mini-Split AC Requires No Air Ducts
For homes and other buildings without air ducts, noisy, view-blocking window units used to be the only cooling option. Today, Daikin and other companies offer duct-free HVAC products that solve several problems. Using a compact outdoor compressor and condenser unit, connected to an unobtrusive indoor module through concealed refrigerant tubing, they provide whisper quiet, efficient cooling inside. They are available to cool a single room or up to 8 rooms or zones. In multi-zone models, the same outdoor compressor and condenser module connects to multiple indoor units, each controlled separately for precise temperature control in each zone. Each room typically has its own handheld wireless remote control.
Daikin Duct-Free Mini-Split Systems Are Ideal for Many Residential Uses
Many homes in the Minneapolis St. Paul area are prime candidates for better cooling with ductless technology, including:
- Homes with hot water radiant heating using radiators and in-floor heating
- Older and multi-story homes without air duct systems
- Rooms not connected to air duct systems
- Garage spaces and workshops
- Room additions and non-attached buildings
- Hard-to-cool upstairs rooms
Heat Pump Models Can Also Provide Efficient Heating
If you’ve ever walked past a running window air conditioner, you’ve felt the hot air being exhausted into the outside air. That heat was extracted from inside the home. Ductless mini-split systems from Daikin are also available as heat pumps. A heat pump simply reverses the refrigerant flow, delivering heat to the quiet indoor units. Even when air outside seems cold, it still holds heat energy. The refrigeration cycle can extract and transfer that energy and heat indoor spaces, even when outdoor temperatures drop below freezing. In Minnesota, heat pumps are most efficient during cool spring and fall months. In the coldest weather, your home’s regular heating system takes over.
Efficient, Quiet Ductless Heat Pumps Save on Energy Bills
Compared to window AC units, Daikin duct-free systems are up to 3 times more efficient. That means substantial savings on your energy bills. It’s a big bonus that combines with almost silent operation and individual zone temperature control to give you superior comfort. With SEER efficiency ratings up to 24.5, compared to window units that have EER ratings as low as 8, it’s easy to see how much you can save each year on cooling costs. We’ll help you estimate those savings in a free consultation.
Commercial Buildings Also Benefit from Daikin Ductless HVAC Technology
Daikin also produces a wide range of AC and heat pump models that are ideally suited for use in commercial buildings. Their effective, efficient cooling improves worker productivity and tenant satisfaction. Our skilled, experienced technicians have installed these products to solve difficult cooling problems in many types of buildings. Let us show you how we can provide superior comfort for:
- Open public facilities
- Buildings with radiant heating
- Free-standing businesses
- Multi-housing buildings
- Senior living facilities
- Apartment buildings
- Motels & strip mall units
- Computer equipment rooms
- Office spaces in factories and warehouses
- Many other situations
Most Experienced Ductless AC and Heat Pump Dealer in Minnesota
As a leader in residential and commercial heating and cooling, Twin Cities Comfort was quick to recognize the value and importance of ductless HVAC technology. We began installing these mini-split units for Minneapolis St. Paul area homes and businesses early. Today, ductless technology is becoming a major part of our heating and air conditioning business. We’ve researched all manufacturers and models and often recommend top-quality, affordable Daikin products for our customers. They’re reliable, efficient, cost-effective, and have some of the best warranty protection available from any manufacturer. We encourage you to contact us for a free evaluation at your location. Let us show you systems from Daikin that will provide outstanding comfort for any situation. We’ll also give you highly competitive price quotes for your equipment and installation. Count on us, too, for fast, professional maintenance and repair service.