The standard air conditioning system for homes is known as a split system. This is because the air conditioner is split into two parts, indoors and outdoors. The outdoor unit is the condenser, which contains the compressor, condenser coil, and exhaust fan. It connects to the indoor unit, which consists of the evaporator and air handler, and connects to the duct network that carries the cooled air through the house.
This isn’t the only way to provide central cooling to a home, however. A ductless mini-split changes the standard split system by connecting the outdoor unit to multiple indoor units. These indoor units are blowers mounted up on the walls that contain a refrigerant coil and blower fan so they can send cooled air directly into rooms, bypassing ducts entirely.
Ductless mini splits aren’t right for all homes, but they offer several advantages to particular homes: