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Understanding the Pros and Cons of a Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pump

Monday, March 02, 2015

Finding the right system for a retrofit, new addition, garage or other conditioning need takes some research and foresight. What’s good for one project or area of the home may be different for the next. Consider the pros and cons of a ductless mini-split heat pump to ensure you make the right choice for your needs.

Benefits of Ductless Systems

Ductless mini-split heat pumps are well suited for many home projects because they have much to offer. Following ductless design attributes make these systems favorites for many applications:

  • Quick installation: A ductless mini-split heat pump may generally be installed in one day if you choose a certified ductless installer.
  • Versatile mounting: Ductless systems provide cooled and heated airflow from a sleek indoor air-handling unit (AHU), which may be mounted practically anywhere in the room.
  • Energy efficient: Mitsubishi Electric ductless mini-split heat pumps use sophisticated electronics and inverter-driven compressors to deliver energy-efficient air conditioning in any season.
  • Zoned control: Independent temperature control puts total zonal comfort in your hands. Why condition other parts of the home if they're unoccupied?
  • Quiet: Ductless systems operate at whisper-quiet decibels.

Factors to Consider and Compare 

Some of the factors you should consider are the seasonal weather conditions in your region, the importance of esthetics, if your home has ductwork and how ductless systems compare to the competition. For instance, if you need garage heating for your Mid-Atlantic home, you may need a multi-split system, depending on the cubic feet, or you may opt to go with a more powerful forced-air heater. 

If esthetics are important, you’ll probably prefer the smooth look of concealed ductless installations to a window unit. If you need cooling as well as heating, then ductless systems offer advantages over baseboard heating, portable heaters and radiant floor panels.

The only real disadvantage ductless systems pose is budgetary. However, when you consider long-term energy savings, and the cost of alternatives, such as expanding ductwork, ductless systems hold their own very well.

To speak with a certified ductless mini-split heat pump professional, please contact us to find a Mitsubishi Electric contractor in your area.

 

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