Curious about ductless mini-split systems? They can offer a lot of benefits. Improved comfort and lowered utility bills are just two of them. Of course, we understand that this technology is new for a lot of people and you probably have quite a few questions. We’ve put together the answers you need to the most frequently asked questions about ductless mini-split systems.
How Do Ductless Mini-Split Systems Differ From Conventional Ducted HVAC?
There are many differences between a ductless mini-split system and a conventional central air system.
1. Instead of ductwork channeling conditioned air throughout the home, thin piping instead cycles refrigerant between indoor and outdoor units.
2. Instead of a furnace heating air with combustion, the mini-split is a heat pump which transfers heat from outside to inside with compressor/condenser technology. In summer, heat is pumped out of the room to cool it down; in winter, heat is pumped into the room to heat it up.
3. Instead of having the HVAC unit located in the bassment, the mini-split has indoor and outdoor components for operation. The indoor unit is a hair handler that blows air over cools heated or cooled to the desired temperature. The outdoor unit is a condenser/compressor device which pumps heat into or out of the refrigerant based on the mode of operation.
Can a Mini-Split System Cool My Entire Home?
Yes, a ductless mini-split system can handle the cooling needs of your entire home. What happens is that a network of indoor units would be installed and then connected to one or two outdoor units (depending on the size of your home and the amount of space you need to cool).
How Do Comfort Zones Work?
One of the most interesting benefits of a ductless mini-split system is the ability to create comfort zones. Essentially, each indoor unit can be set for a specific temperature. That means you can keep the bedroom at 70 degrees and the living room at 72 and the kitchen at 69. Comfort zones allow you and your family to set whatever temperature you’d like to feel comfortable at all times.
Can a Ductless Mini-Split System Heat and Cool My Home?
Yes! These systems can act as both an air conditioner and a heater. That’s thanks to the unit’s heat pump technology, which eliminates the need for a separate heater. So, you could conceivably replace your heating and cooling systems with mini-splits that provide both functions in one unit.
Can I Install a Ductless Mini-Split Unit in a Room with No Windows?
Yes, you can absolutely install one of these units in a room without windows. The unit needs to be installed on the wall, or into a recess in the ceiling to operate, so there’s no need for a window. Plus, that means if your space does have windows, you won’t have to worry about blocking the view with an air conditioner.
What If There’s No Room High Up on the Wall?
No problem. If your room doesn’t accommodate a unit mounted high up on the wall, a floor mount unit can work. These still mount to the wall, but they’re much lower down near the baseboards, which ensures you can keep every room in your home comfortable, no matter its configuration.
As you can see, ductless mini-splits offer a lot of benefits. They’re also more energy-efficient than central HVAC systems. Interested in learning more? Get in touch today and we’ll be happy to answer any other questions you might have.
What heat pump rebates are available?
New for 2023 are $10,000 rebates offered by Mass Save which can significantly offset the amount of a new mini-split HVAC system in your home. You can claim the entire rebate simply by converting your home's existing heating & cooling system to one based on ductless mini-splits. Or, if you just want to supplement your existing system with partial use of mini-splits, then you can claim a portion of the $10,000 rebates.
We can explain all the rebate details and handle all the paperwork. All you need to do is contact us to get this great deal installed in your home.