In recent years, homeowners in Maryland & Delaware have discovered the advantages of ductless mini-split heating and cooling systems. Sometimes known as a ductless HVAC system, this effective and energy-efficient solution can be a good fit in older homes without ductwork, or in areas of a house where central air is not available or does not work well. If you are considering a mini-split air conditioner or heat pump, there are some considerations.
What is a ductless mini-split?
A ductless mini-split is an HVAC system that does not require traditional behind-the-wall ductwork. It consists of an outdoor compressor and an indoor evaporator connected by a three-inch conduit. The indoor unit can be wall-mounted, suspended from the ceiling, or floor-standing. A remote control operates the unit, and some are wifi and smart home enabled.
Ductless heating and cooling units are a form of zoned climate control. Each unit heats or cools a designated room or area, and homeowners can set precise temperatures in those specific locations.
Unlike a traditional HVAC system, mini-split air conditioners speed up and slow down based on need. This saves energy compared to systems that shut off and start up. A lack of ducts means no leaking air, adding to efficiency.
When is a ductless mini-split right for me?
There are a variety of useful applications for ductless mini-splits.
• You’re adding to your home, and contractors cannot extend existing ductwork
• Your current HVAC system cannot adequately heat or cool certain rooms in your house making them clammy, chilly, muggy or uncomfortable
• Your home is old and has radiator or baseboard heat, and forced-air ducts do not exist
• You don’t use every room in your house and want to save money and increase energy efficiency by heating and cooling only the rooms you use
• Security concerns don’t make a window air conditioning unit a good option
• You suffer from allergies, your air ducts accumulate dust and other allergens, and your HVAC filter is always dirty
Considerations when choosing a ductless heating and cooling unit
Compared to a traditional HVAC unit, there are increased up-front costs when purchasing a ductless mini-split system. Such costs, however, may be less than the cost of installing new ducts – an expensive process in attics, garages, and homes with no existing forced-air infrastructure. A ductless HVAC system requires little time to install and minimal additional construction.
Moreover, ductless mini-split units provide substantial savings through energy efficiency. Traditional HVAC systems lose up to 30% of efficiency through air ducts. Combined with the high efficiency of the unit itself, ductless systems are better for both the pocketbook and the environment.
Lastly, federal, state, and local programs allow some homeowners utility rebates or tax credits during the year of installation. Check with your financial advisor or tax expert to find out what’s available in your area.
Call us today
The experts at Comfort Air can help you choose the best ductless mini-split system for your home. Ductless HVAC systems are energy and cost-efficient and can be customized to your home’s needs. They are an environmentally-friendly alternative to an existing central air system, and easy to install where traditional HVAC systems are prohibitive. Call today for more information about the advantages of installing a ductless mini-split system.