Do you know the benefits of ductless mini-splits? Homeowners who have installed ductless systems praise the technology for its clean, quiet, and efficient operation. They may have balanced the cost of the mini-split against future savings on energy by operating this type of HVAC, and most find it is worth the cost. Let’s look at some of the pros and cons of ductless HVAC.
What Is a Ductless Mini-Split?
A ductless mini-split is a type of heat pump, but as the name suggests, it does not need to be connected to a system of ducts for air distribution. Most systems consist of an outdoor condenser that connects to an indoor air handler (one to four) via a conduit that encases the wires and refrigerant tubes. Like any heat pump, the system heats and cools by drawing in ambient air from the outdoors. To heat, the heat pump extracts heat from outside air, transferring it to refrigeration coolant. The coolant is compressed so the temperature increases and then is moved to the indoor air handler, where it passes over hot coolant, thus providing heat inside the house.
To cool, the heat pump reverses the process, with the refrigerant absorbing heat inside the home and transferring it outdoors.
Generally in cooler climates, homeowners choose mini-splits designed specifically to heat when temperatures fall below freezing.
Ductless HVAC Benefits
- Ductless mini-splits are energy efficient.
- This technology provides heating and cooling that is clean, quiet, and pleasant, unlike the big blast from central air.
- You don’t need a system of ducts to install a ductless mini.
- Mini-splits are versatile in that they can handle up to four air handlers, which can be dispersed about the house.
- Air handlers can be mounted on the wall, floor, ceiling, or a shelf.
Disadvantages of a Mini-Split
- Mini-splits can be more expensive than central HVAC.
- These ductless HVAC units may not last as long as a central HVAC system.
- Some homeowners dislike the indoor air handlers.
For more on ductless HVAC, contact Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing, serving greater Indianapolis.