Is a Ductless Mini-Split Right For Your Home?Published on: December 15, 2020
Benefits & Uses of Ductless Mini-Split Systems
Ductless mini-split systems have become a modern and cost-effective way to keep homes and offices comfortable no matter what the weather outside. A Ductless mini-split system can provide cooling temperatures in the summer and can keep you warm during winter.
But what exactly are ductless mini-split systems and where should they be used? More importantly, what are the benefits of ductless mini-split systems?
We answer all of your questions here.
What is a Ductless System?
A ductless mini-split system provides heating and cooling to your home in the same way a traditional central air system does, but without the ducts. They consist of an indoor wall mounted handling unit and an outdoor compressor/condenser. There is also a conduit line that links the two main components together, which houses the refrigerant and condensate drain.
Where are these Systems Used?
Ductless mini-split systems are primarily installed in rooms where extending or installing ductwork for a central air system is prohibitive. Some common uses include:
- Small apartments
- Room additions
- Multi-family housing
- Retro-fit additions to houses with ‘non-ducted’ heating systems
Benefits of a Mini-Split System
Ductless systems have several advantages over other types of space conditioning systems. The main benefits of a ductless mini-split system include:
Zoned Heating & Cooling
Ductless mini-split systems allow you to zone rooms so each can have a different temperature. For instance, you can keep your bedroom cooler, without freezing out your living room. Alternatively, suppose one person in your house is always cold. In that case, they can increase the temperature in their room without affecting the comfort of everyone else.
With each room having its own thermostat, you can easily turn off a unit when space isn’t occupied. Additionally, since mini-split systems don’t have ducts, they don’t encounter the energy losses that can happen with central air systems. Escaped air in ducted systems can amount to more than 30% of energy consumption.
Even on full blast, a ductless mini-split system is ultra-quiet. Popular brands like the Bryant Evolution™ and the Carrier Infinity® High Wall Units operate as low as 29 decibels. That’s quieter than a whisper.
Easy To Install
Compared to other types of space conditioning systems, ductless systems are easy to install. Work is often completed in a day. Additionally, the hook-up between the indoor and outdoor unit only requires a 3-inch diameter hole. Therefore, there is no need to rebuild walls and repair plaster, like the installation of a traditional duct system.
Installing a Ductless Mini-Split System
Installing a ductless mini-split system can be accomplished by experienced home DIYers. However, for the safest and highest quality of installation, ductless mini-split systems should be installed by a professional. If you are interested in installing a ductless mini-split system in your home, Air Conditioning Southeast can locate a certified technician near you.