What Are The Benefits of a Ductless Mini-Split System?
Posted on May 20, 2020
What Is a Ductless Mini-Split System?
These types of heating and cooling systems have two main parts: an outdoor compressor and an indoor air-handling component. These connect via the conduit, which contains tubes for refrigerant and drainage and a power cable. Like the name indicates, there are no ducts to ferry air throughout the home with these units.
How Do Ductless Mini-Split Systems Work?
These units cool air via the outdoor compressor in the same way that traditional systems do. Homes with typical units have one air handler, a blower, and an evaporator coil inside a utility area or in the garage. These systems disperse cooled air into your home through the ductwork from this point.
Ductless mini-split systems have a fan and evaporator coil inside the air handlers installed in every zone. These units control the temperature in the zone without pushing air through ductwork.
Why Install a Ductless Mini-Split System?
There are many reasons to install a ductless mini-split system. Older homes and buildings don’t have ducts and may require duct installation for a central HVAC system and are perfect for ductless cooling units. Heating via baseboard or wall heaters or electric radiant heaters is expensive. These systems are a cheaper alternative to these kinds of heating.
If you’re adding on to your house or building an outbuilding like a man cave or crafting shed, using a ductless mini-split will keep the new area comfortable without needing to run ducts or without using window units or space heaters. If you’re building a home in an area with extraordinarily high energy costs, one of these units is a better way to go.
Rooms or areas of your home that aren’t used often with a ductless mini-split that’s turned off can save money. Maybe you are facing the dreaded "Replace or Repair" decision since your current system is an energy vampire because it’s inefficient? If so, then installing a mini-split might be cheaper than replacing that old unit.
What Are the Benefits of Ductless Mini-Split Systems?
These units transfer heat rather than creating it, so an Energy Star certified mini-split can use up to 60 percent less energy than traditional heaters. Since the cooling components are more sophisticated and air has no chance of warming inside ductwork, cooling costs can decrease by up to 30 percent over a traditional unit.
Every mini-split provides customized comfort for the space it serves. Temperature zones adjust at the wall unit, by remote, or through a smartphone. Zone control also allows you to shut off heating and cooling in areas that aren’t occupied often saving you money, too.
Ductwork requires maintenance and cleaning regularly. Using a ductless system saves you time and money because you won’t have to pay for these services. Your family will also be healthier because they won’t be exposed to indoor pollutants that get picked up in dirty ducts. Ductless systems use multiple filtration methods to help reduce allergens and particles in the air.
Installing a new system, especially one that needs ductwork, is a lengthy process. Ductless systems usually install in one day and don’t take up any square footage for ductwork.
Ductless systems lower your carbon footprint, and because of their technology, they have less of an effect on the environment and climate change. The refrigerant used in many systems doesn’t contribute to ozone depletion at all.
Many utility companies offer rebates for customers who install ductless mini-split units in their homes. There are also tax credits that you can apply to your refund. Check with your tax professional and utility provider about these benefits.
Ski Brothers Heat and Air sells and installs Fujitsu ductless mini-split systems. Give us a call at (501) 434-2622 to learn more about adding a mini-split to your home!