If you currently have an addition like a sunroom, family room, or playroom, or if you are thinking about adding one, maintaining a comfortable temperature in your space is paramount to the comfort of you and your family members. One of the biggest challenges is heating and cooling the room without breaking the bank. The cost of installing ductwork can be expensive, and your current HVAC system may not be able to keep up with the extra strain as the size of the unit may be at a disadvantage due to the added footage of the addition. The good news is there is a cost-effective solution, and it’s called a ductless mini-split system. Simply put, a ductless mini-split delivers energy-efficient heating and air without the need for ductwork. Ductless systems are similar to a window air conditioner unit because each indoor air handler is designed to cool down or heat up a single room.
How Do Ductless Mini Split AC Units Work?
Ductless mini-splits operate much like a traditional air conditioning unit with an outside condenser unit and indoor air handlers. With one exception, they do not require ductwork to function; the refrigerant comes through the outdoor unit with the help of an insulated refrigerant line. Ductless heat pumps can be purchased in single-zone units to heat one room or multi-zone units to provide cooled air to several rooms. Without the need for ductwork, a ductless mini-split systems is an affordable and flexible option for homes with added additions.
What are the Advantages of a Ductless Mini Split?
There are multiple benefits of a ductless system, including:
Healthy Indoor Air Quality: Ductless mini-split systems use a filter stored inside the individual unit; this means the air in the room hasn’t been mixed with the air from other areas within the home. The benefit of a ductless system is that contamination like dust, pollen, and other debris carried through the ducts of a traditional HVAC unit is eliminated. The result is cleaner, healthier air for you and your family members to breathe.
Quick & Efficient AC Installation: Installation is more accessible, less time-consuming, and less expensive than a traditional system that requires a duct system installation and connection.
No Major Renovations are Needed for a Ductless HVAC System: many older homes, garages, and converted areas like sunrooms may not have the available ductwork to connect to the current system. Adding ductwork can be an extensive and expensive undertaking.
Zoned Heating & Cooling: Ductless systems are designed to cool a specific room. The beauty of this system is you can pair multiple indoor units with a single outdoor unit to create a multi-zone mini-split system which will give you the option of operating each indoor unit separately from the others.
Zero Energy Loss: Traditional air conditioning units lose energy for several reasons, including voids in the ductwork, allowing cooled air to escape, ultimately increasing energy costs. A ductless system will deliver fresh cooled air directly to the room without energy loss.