Ductless Mini Splits
Your choice of home heating and cooling system can have a significant impact on your energy bills, your family’s comfort and the environment. To heat or cool a home without existing ducts, or to supplement a traditional central system, consider a ductless air conditioning and heating system. These units work like mini heat pumps, extracting heat from the air to warm or cool your home throughout the year. Also known as mini-splits, these systems also offer greater control over your heating and cooling levels, as well as improved efficiency to keep energy bills in check.
Mini-splits consist of an outdoor compressor or condenser and an indoor evaporator or fan unit. The two components are connected via a relatively small conduit, which transports refrigerant and power. In the winter, these systems draw heat from outdoor air, and then transport this heat to the evaporator to heat a room. During the summer, the cycle is reversed, and the heat from inside the house is drawn to the outdoors, leaving the room cool and comfortable. The outdoor unit in a ductless system resembles a mini air conditioning unit, while the indoor component comes with a sleek housing, which can be mounted on the wall, ceiling or floor of a room in the home. Each indoor evaporator is designed to heat or cool a single room or area of the home, and up to four evaporators can be used with each outdoor condenser to heat or cool multiple spaces.
Ductless systems are highly efficient for heating and/or cooling the selected space they’re placed. Air leakages through ducts account for as much as 30 percent of heating and cooling costs, so eliminating the ducts can cut waste and reduce costs. Ductless air conditioning and heating systems also provide tremendous control over comfort. Each evaporator comes with its own thermostat, allowing homeowners to direct heating or cooling only where it’s needed.