Ductless mini splits are systems that can cool your home even if it doesn’t have any ducts. These systems are highly efficient because they only provide cooling in a specific room or area, which makes it easier to control how the air is distributed. Certain mini-split units offer heating as well as cooling. Because these systems are so popular, new units and models are regularly being placed on the market. If you’re looking to make an upgrade, there are numerous mini-split air conditioners to consider. Compare the pros and cons of each to make a more informed decision.
The Pioneer Inverter++ is a wall-mounted mini-split that comes with a cooling and heating capacity of 12,000 BTUs. This is a relatively modern unit that has a high SEER rating of 21.5, making it one of the more energy-efficient models on the market. While the system is running, it emits noise at just under 22 decibels, which is slightly louder than a ticking watch.
This system comes with several features that aren’t common among other air conditioners, the primary of which is freeze protection. This feature is helpful while you’re on vacation in winter. If you activate this feature, your system will run at minimum power while you’re not at home to keep pipes thawed.
You’ll also benefit from a sleep mode feature that will automatically change the temperature at night to avoid wasting energy. One small issue with this unit is that the compressor warranty is relatively short compared to those of other system components.
Senville LETO Series 9000
The Senville LETO Series 9000 unit has a 20.5 SEER rating as well as a seasonal heating performance factor (HSPF) that can be either 7.8 or 10 based on the climate you live in. This unit has a heating and cooling capacity of 9,000 BTUs and is capable of cooling up to 400 square feet. Most bedrooms and living rooms can be cooled with a single LETO Series 9000 unit. Keep in mind, however, that the LETO series offers units that reach as high as 30,000 BTUs.
There are several advantages of choosing this unit for your home, the main one being that you can control it through Wi-Fi. It also works with Alexa, which makes the unit more convenient to control. One possible downside is that the heating function only works until the outdoor temperature dips to 5 degrees Fahrenheit.
Pioneer Low-Ambient Air Conditioner
The Pioneer low-ambient mini split is a type of inverter air conditioner that offers a capacity of 12,000 BTUs. While this system is running, the noise that it produces is around 34 decibels, which is just a little louder than rustling leaves.
These units are outfitted with dual drain ports, louvers that help move the air, and a variable-speed inverter. Two separate wiring options are available; they include 110V and 220V solutions. However, the Wi-Fi functionality is available separately. Even though these systems are relatively quiet, they are noisier than some other models on the market.
Bosch Ductless Mini-split Air Conditioner
While most air conditioning systems are designed to use a considerable amount of electricity, this Bosch model comes with an Energy Star certification and can be obtained in several different capacities, which range from 9,000 to 36,000 BTUs. If you obtain the indoor unit, the design is minimalist and doesn’t take up much space.
This system is equipped with numerous features, which include a precise timer and high-speed settings that make it easier to cool down your home when the outdoor temperatures rise above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll also be able to use the “follow-me” setting, which allows you to turn the system on and off depending on where you currently are in your home. If you place the system in silent mode, it runs at a quiet 28 decibels.
Cooper & Hunter Single-Zone Air Conditioner
The Cooper & Hunter air conditioner is capable of cooling a large space of up to 2,000 square feet. This system has a heating and cooling capacity of 36,000 BTUs for every hour. It runs well when the outdoor temperatures are anywhere between 5 and 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you choose to purchase this single-zone air conditioner for your home, you’ll receive a drainage extension, remote control, and communication wires. The unit also supports Wi-Fi functionality. If you’d like to use the Wi-Fi, you’ll need to purchase the USB adapter, which isn’t included with the base unit. Along with providing a 22.5 SEER rating, these systems offer many different evaporator styles for you to select from. These styles include concealed duct, mini-floor, universal ceiling/floor, ceiling cassette, and wall mount styles.
Daikin Wall-Mounted Air Conditioner
The Daikin wall-mounted mini split comes with a 10-year warranty for parts along with free technical support. Its capacity is around 24,000 BTUs, which allows it to cool spaces as big as 1,500 square feet. You can control this wall-mounted system with the remote control or through an app on your iOS or Android device.
The main features available with this system include a turbo mode, a quiet mode, an eco-friendly mode, and an automatic temperature adjustment setting. Additional models are available at BTUs of 12,000 and 18,000. One potential issue with this system is that the level of noise it emits is around 37 decibels, which is right around the average home noise. When the unit is running in quiet mode, it drops to 22 decibels.
Cooper & Hunter Sophia Series
The Cooper & Hunter Sophia Series includes several units with different capacities. However, the main option is the 9,000 BTU unit, which comes with a high SEER rating of 25 and an HSPF rating of 10.5. You can choose to run this system in one of four separate modes, which include auto mode, turbo sleep mode, mute mode, and standard heating and cooling mode. If you use the standard mode, the system only produces 23 decibels of noise.
These are single-zone models that you can affix to your wall or ceiling. They also come with horizontal and vertical louvers that allow you to direct the airflow. Additional features include a 24-hour timer and an automatic defrost function.
If you’re thinking of buying one of these ductless mini-split air conditioners, our team at First Choice Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning can install it for you. We have years of experience with installing ductless air conditioners and can provide you with suggestions if you’re still searching for the right one to buy. Once you request our services, we will waste no time in making the installation. After our work is finished, we will clean the area thoroughly to ensure that it is free from dirt or debris.
Some of the other services we provide to residents of Metuchen, NJ and the surrounding areas include maintenance and repairs for heaters and air conditioners, indoor air quality testing, water treatment, and plumbing repairs. Contact our team at First Choice Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning today to ask for an estimate or schedule service!