Lower Energy Costs and More
Ductless mini-split HVAC systems provide indoor heating and cooling without the ductwork used by traditional forced-air systems. Mini-splits are rapidly gaining in popularity because they come with many benefits. Here are just a few:
Custom Heating and Cooling
These systems are versatile. They can be used to heat and cool one room or a whole house. Mini-splits have an outdoor unit and up to four indoor units, and every indoor unit heats and cools a particular room or zone. Each indoor unit also has its own thermostat, so you can maintain different temperatures in different rooms.
No Loss of Heated and Cooled Air Via Ductwork Leaks
According to Energy Star, traditional forced-air systems typically lose up to 30 percent of heated and cooled air via ductwork leaks. Mini-splits don't use ductwork, so there is no loss of treated air.
Fast and Easy Installation
A mini-split system can be installed in as little as one day. All that's required is a small, three-inch hole in the wall, which is where the tubing runs, and in turn connects the indoor units with the outdoor unit. You can install a mini-split air conditioner just for cooling, or you can opt for a mini-split heat pump that provides heating and air conditioning. Outdoor units can be installed up to 50 feet away from the indoor units, and that allows more options for placement and concealment.
The indoor air handlers are usually mounted unobtrusively behind ceiling panels or high on the walls, and the sleek, inconspicuous design blends in well with almost any decor. With air conditioners and furnaces, the inside units take up a lot of space in attics and basements, whereas the indoor units of ductless mini-splits take up very little space when mounted on walls and ceilings.
Mini-splits are some of the most efficient HVAC systems on the market boasting SEER ratings as high as 26. Because each indoor unit has its own thermostats, you can heat and cool just the rooms you're using without heating and cooling the whole house. Unlike traditional ducted HVAC, ductless systems are less likely to be installed incorrectly. That means the effectiveness and efficiency of the system is less likely to be compromised. Because ductless mini-splits come in smaller sizes than traditional systems, they can better modulate the degree of heating and cooling to match the actual heating and cooling loads in a house rather than just the design loads.
Ductless mini-split systems feature whisper-quiet operation that's no louder than a ceiling fan. They also boast high-efficiency air filters that trap more airborne contaminants than forced-air systems. The air filters can be washed and reused, so you won't have to spend money on air filters every month anymore.
For more information about whether a mini-split system would be right for your Southampton, Massachusetts, home, visit Diamond Comfort Modern Heating & Cooling.