A ductless mini-split A/C or heat pump can be the ideal solution for providing heating and cooling to areas of your home where ducts just aren’t feasible. To help you better understand ductless mini splits, let’s consider some frequently asked questions, and their answers.
What is a ductless mini-split system?
A ductless mini-split heat pump or A/C is comprised of two units: a compressor/condenser located outside the home; and a small, attractively housed evaporator/blower located inside.
When is a mini split preferable to a central ducted system?
- When an air conditioning system is being added to an existing structure
- When a room is being added to an existing house
- When it is desired to heat or cool a single room in a house
- When you have a home office, man cave or other room with individual heating or cooling needs.
- When you are interested in the highest efficiency air conditioning and heat pump system. (except geothermal)
Doesn’t a window mounted unit serve the same purpose?
A ductless mini split requires only a three-inch hole through the wall
connections, enabling it to be mounted on any wall, or hung from a
ceiling without blocking window light. In addition a ductless split is significantly quiter than window or wall A/C units.
Does a mini split cost more than a window unit?
Yes, but the smaller indoor evaporator unit provides greater versatility
in placement, and the small access hole makes your home safer from
intruders. In addition, if a ductless mini split is used only when a room or area is occupied, the savings may equal up to one-half of your normal heating bill.
Can mini splits be used to for zoning?
Yes. A single outside compressor, up to 125 feet away, can be used to
feed one or more evaporator units, each having its own wireless,
Are mini splits more cost-effective than central ducted systems?
Yes. A central ducted system loses as much as 30 percent of its heating or cooling capacity through the ducts, especially in unconditioned areas, such as the attic.