It may have a funny name, but a ductless mini-split system can provide some serious benefits.
A ductless mini-split is any air conditioning or heat pump system that has one to four indoor heating or cooling units, but only one outdoor unit. Each indoor air handler is designed to heat or cool only one or two rooms, and is therefore much smaller than a typical whole-house unit.
Splitting the system into several units, and eliminating air ducts, produces benefits in several ways:
- Easier installation. One problem with an air duct system is that it takes up a lot of space, and therefore can be difficult to install. A ductless mini-split system does not have ducts at all. In place of ducts, each air handler just needs to have a conduit, no more than three inches thick, to carry the refrigerant tubing and condensation drain. That conduit can be up to 50 feet long, which makes it easy to reach parts of the house, such as new additions, that would be too far away for air ducts to effectively keep comfortable.
- Better temperature control. Though they all run off the same outdoor unit, the different air handlers can function independently of the other and each has its own thermostat. That gives you better control over temperature, because each room receives exactly the amount of heating or cooling required to keep it at a comfortable level.
- Higher energy efficiency. Air ducts can waste a lot of energy, due to air leaks and a lack of insulation. Ductless systems have zero leaks, and since they are located inside the rooms, there is no loss of heating or cooling output. Plus, by utilizing programmable thermostats, you can save energy by cutting back on heating or cooling rooms that are not occupied for long stretches of the day.
To learn more about ductless mini-split options for your Charlotte-area home, contact us at Acosta Heating & Cooling. We would be happy to answer your questions.