What does Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioner mean?
A ductless mini-split air conditioner is an excellent solution for indoor gardeners seeking to ensure their grow room remains a closed system, while providing good temperature control and reducing utility usage.
One of the primary differences between a central, forced-air system and a mini-split is that the latter does not require any ductwork to transport cooled air into the room. Ducts can reduce cooling capabilities by up to 30 per cent in some instances, which not only means that your grow room remains warmer than is ideal, but increases energy usage by requiring longer periods of operation.
Indoor gardens require significant temperature control, as well as air circulation and moisture control. This can be difficult to achieve with a conventional central air system. A ductless mini-split air conditioner allows you to achieve reliable temperature control, as well as other benefits.
Another benefit with a mini-split, particularly when compared to portable air conditioners, is that the heat generation section is separate from the section that cools the room. This eliminates the potential to add more heat during operation. Additionally, because there is no direct connection between these two parts, you are able to keep your grow room as a sealed environment.
Ductless mini-split systems are also very compact, and can actually be mounted near the top of a wall, or even over a doorway. This frees up floor space for more growing area without sacrificing temperature control.
With that being said, modification to the wall where you install the unit will be necessary. You will need to cut a hole to connect the condenser (the outdoor portion) and the air handler (the indoor portion). Additionally, it’s recommended that you purchase a unit designed for indoor growing, rather than for general residential cooling, as this will help ensure the best performance for your particular needs.