When you think of home heating and cooling, you probably picture a furnace and air conditioner combo. This is the most common way to keep U.S. homes comfortable year round, but it's by no means the only option. If you're looking for a cost effective way to increase comfort in different areas of your home, a ductless mini split could be the solution you’re looking for.
As the name suggests, a ductless mini split doesn't require ductwork. It essentially acts as a miniature heat pump with a built-in air handler to heat and cool small sections of your home.
Installation of a ductless system is a breeze. All you need is a place on the wall or ceiling to mount the indoor component and a small hole in the wall to connect it to the outdoor unit. There's no need to run new ducts and no need to obstruct the view through a window the way a room air conditioner does. A sleek, slim jacket on the interior wall-mounted unit may stand out the first day, but soon after, you won't even notice it anymore.
Applications of a Ductless Mini Split
Ductless mini split applications range widely:
- Enjoy air conditioning in an older home lacking ductwork.
- Extend air conditioning to a home addition without installing new ductwork.
- Experience zoned heating and cooling throughout a larger space with a single outdoor unit connected to multiple indoor units.
Reduced Energy Use
Most ductless mini splits have impressive efficiency ratings far above the federally mandated minimum of 13 seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER). They typically range from SEERs of 16 to 22. Some models are rated as high as 27 SEER.
In addition, ductless mini splits can achieve 30 percent greater efficiency than air conditioners with the same efficiency rating based solely on their ductless functionality. With no ductwork to waste energy transporting air to supply registers, ductless mini splits perform with exceptional efficiency.