Ductless Mini-Split Heating and Cooling Units Trending UpPublished on: November 27, 2018
One of the “coolest” things about ductless mini-split units is how inconspicuous they are in your house. Gone are the days of the noisy, cumbersome window units. Ductless mini-split heating and cooling units blend in with a home’s decor. They can be mounted on the wall or on the ceiling. Let’s review the benefits and why they’ve been adopted by so many.
Popularity of Ductless Mini-Split Units Grows
This ductless technology first became popular in Europe and Asia, in part because of the nature of living spaces in those areas. Many people are retrofitting air conditioning or heating into older structures, which may have complicated architecture. In other cases, it is because of more compact or zoned living spaces and because of the achievable efficiency.
Now, people in the U.S. are realizing the amazing benefits for themselves. Ductless mini-split units can provide both heating and cooling without a connection to a central air ductwork system.
This allows them to be used for “zone heating” or “zone cooling.” If you have uneven temperatures in your home, a ductless mini-split unit can help even them for you.
The best news? Because they are not dependent on ductwork, install them virtually anywhere.
They require a three-inch hole to connect the indoor and outdoor units. The hole is small and is used to connect the electrical and refrigerant lines. This keeps the noisy part of the unit outside.
The small hole also alleviates security concerns many people have with the traditional window units.
Incredibly convenient, these heating and cooling units can provide customized temperatures in their respective rooms. The temperatures are easily adjusted using remote controls, wall consoles or even smartphone apps!
How Ductless Mini-Split Units Improve Energy Efficiency
If your home currently uses conventional electric heating systems, such as baseboard, electric radiant, wall heaters or furnace, an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini split unit can dramatically improve your energy costs. In most cases, these certified units use 60 percent less energy.
When it comes to cooling, costs are typically 30 percent less with an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split unit. Compared to conventional room air conditioners, these units use more sophisticated and adjustable compressors and fans. When they adjust their speed, they can conserve energy.
In some cases, a couple may have a larger home with central air conditioning and heating. They may not be ready to downsize, and find their energy costs to heat a house with unused rooms challenging. Do not fall for the myth of closed vents!
Many homeowners believe closed vents and doors will save on heating and cooling costs. In reality, it causes a pressure and temperature imbalance in the structure. Your central air conditioner or furnace strains itself to address the imbalance and causes unnatural wear and tear.
Instead, consider a ductless mini-split system in your most-used rooms. For example, install one in your master bedroom and one in your family room. This strategy allows you to run the central air a little warmer in the summer and a little cooler in the winter. The ductless mini-split units cool down or warm up the areas where you spend your time.
Discover the Benefits of Ductless Mini-Split Units for Yourself
Contact AC Southeast® today to find a licensed and reliable HVAC contractor in your area. Your local heating and air expert can inspect your current system and recommend whether a ductless mini-split system is appropriate for your needs. Most provide free estimates on new systems and financing options. This way, you can solve your comfort issues immediately.