A mini split air conditioner (also commonly referred to as a ductless system) is a cooling system that circulates cool air without the use of air ducts. These systems provide a comfortable, affordable solution for problem areas in homes. Without ducts, these cooling systems are easier to install and more efficient than traditional systems. We asked Jeff Chapman to tell us a little more about mini split systems and typical places in the home where these systems are needed.
When determining if a mini split is right for you, consider your comfort level, existing system, and these 4 common areas for mini splits and what makes them the best solution.
Efficient for Problem Areas
There are rooms in the home that don’t get quite as cold as the rest of the house. Inefficient use of energy is not only bad for the environment, it can also increase your energy bill. Duct systems are known for energy loss due to gaps in the ductwork. In traditional systems, up to 30% of the heat generated does not reach the home. With ductless, air does not travel through ductwork, which increases their efficiency.
Running the air conditioner colder and longer doesn’t only take a toll on your energy bill, it can significantly decrease the lifespan of your unit. Ductless systems are the best choice for cooling problem spots in the home without spending a fortune in energy bills each month.
Sized for Small Spaces
Full-scale duct installments aren’t usually the best solution for small spaces or homes without duct systems already in place. The installation of a mini split is much less invasive than a full duct system. Installation takes roughly one day when performed by a skilled, certified technician. The biggest challenge with installation is identifying the correct placement and size for each space. Technicians can help you identify the right location and size for efficiency and proper air flow. Small rooms, cottages and rooms above a detached unit, like a garage, are all common places ductless systems are the best choice.
Flexibility for Outdoor/Indoor Space
The sunroom or inside porch is another example of a difficult to control room. These areas of the home fluctuate in temperature with the changing seasons. Ductless systems give homeowners the freedom to control the air temperature in these temperature varying rooms. Most units come equipped with remote control functions, allowing you to set temperature from anywhere in the room.
Additions Without Costly Ducts
If you have had ductwork installed before, you know how difficult, costly and hard on your home this process can be. Additions to the home will require heating and cooling systems, but a full-scale installation isn’t always necessary. Depending on the size of the addition, mini splits offer a less expensive way to keep these rooms comfortable.
The main advantage to one of these systems is their capacity to control the temperature in zoned areas. These units can be set to heat or cool only the rooms being occupied. This flexibility greatly reduces the amount of energy and money spent on rooms that don’t need heat or cold air at all times.
Whether you’re considering an addition to your home or are just tired of cranking the AC to stay cool in the third-floor bedroom at night, consider the benefits of a ductless system. The most important thing to remember when considering a mini-split is making sure it is the size and location for your heating and cooling needs. Certified technicians can help you identify the best product and placement for you. If you would like to learn more about ductless systems, give Chapman a call at (317) 291-4909 or schedule an appointment.
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