Benefits of a Ductless Heating and Cooling System

Are you looking for a more efficient way to cool or heat your home? One of the options available is a ductless heating and cooling system. Unlike centralized HVAC systems that control the temperature of your entire home, these systems are installed in “zones”, giving you more control over your heating and cooling costs. These typically are comprised of an outdoor unit and a couple indoor units that control each zone. These units use less energy, require no duct work and can even improve air quality. Here are some benefits of switching to a ductless heating and cooling system:

  • Customized control. Do you primarily only use one area of your home? Ductless or split systems allow you to only heat or cool the zones you are using, giving you customized control over your energy use.
  • Air quality. Ductwork in traditional HVAC systems can become a haven for mold, dust and other air pollutants. With ductless heating and cooling, there are no ducts to collect these contaminants. Most systems also use a multi-stage filtration system for improved air quality.
  • Efficiency. Since ductless or split systems use less energy, they are considered more efficient and may qualify for tax credits for investing in home energy efficiency. Lowering energy costs is another way these systems are known to be a good investment.

If you are looking for a cost effective, environmentally-friendly alternative to heat and cool your home, look into ductless heating and cooling systems. They may be a better choice for your home while saving you money year-round on your energy bills. Talk to your local HVAC service provider to learn more.

Posted on behalf of:
ClimateSmith, LLC
Buford, GA
(770) 475-9528

Control Energy Costs With Ductless Mini Splits

Heating and cooling a large home with many rooms can become expensive, especially when many of the rooms are rarely used throughout the day. While it’s convenient to have the entire home on one HVAC system, it can be costly when it comes to energy bills. One way to control these high energy costs is to invest in ductless mini split air conditioning units for certain rooms in your home, reducing energy waste. 

How Ductless Mini Splits Work

Ductless mini splits are smaller HVAC units that work independently of each other. Each unit is equipped with a thermostat and an outdoor compressor or conduit, allowing for easy regulation. These units are perfect for heating or cooling a confined area with less energy use than a whole-home HVAC system. 

Mini splits are ductless, meaning they do not need to be connected to any other HVAC system in the home. This makes them easy to install in most rooms of the home, or in any structure. Even in homes with an existing HVAC system, individual ductless mini split units can offer energy savings on days and nights where only one or two rooms need temperature control. This allows for temperature zoning, and can have a large impact on reducing monthly energy costs. 

Mini splits are great for bedrooms or heavily used rooms in the house. They are also perfect for garages or shops that are outside of the house, offering an affordable way to control the climate in these separate spaces. Talk to your local HVAC service company about how ductless mini split air conditioning units can help you control your energy costs.

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ClimateSmith, LLC
Marietta, GA
(770) 475-9564

Ductless Mini-Split Systems

Central air conditioning systems or heat pumps are the most common types of systems used for cooling most homes.  These systems are very similar.  They each have an outside compressor unit connected to the indoor cooling coils by refrigerant lines.  The indoor coils are located inside of the ductwork and a fan or blower blows air across the cooling coils.  The ductwork distributes the cooled air throughout the home. The primary difference between a heat pump and a central air conditioner is that a heat pump can operate in reverse to heat a home in cooler months.

In some homes, a ductless mini-split system may be a better alternative than a traditional central air conditioner or heat pump.  A mini-split system is similar to a central air conditioner or heat pump.  It has an outdoor compressor unit connected to an indoor cooling coil.  However, in a mini-split system the cooling coil is mounted in a small wall mounted unit inside the room.  A fan blows cool air across the coils directly into the room. In larger mini-split systems, a separate wall mounted unit is installed in each room of the home.

Since mini-split systems do not rely on a system of ducts to distribute the cool air, they are more efficient than traditional central air conditioning systems or heat pumps.  Also, the temperature in each room can be controlled independently.  This makes mini-split systems an excellent alternative for homes that may cool unevenly such as two story homes or homes that more direct sunlight in certain rooms.

Mini-split systems can also be an excellent choice for a home that does not have a duct system such as home that use baseboard heating or some other type of radiant heating system.  They are also a great alternative for room additions or for finishing unheated and cooled space such as an attic or basement.

Versatile Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pump Systems

Almost all heat pump systems (and most central air conditioning systems) used for residential heating and cooling are “split systems” that have an outdoor compressor/condenser unit and an indoor air handler/evaporator connected to the ductwork.  Refrigerant lines run between these two major components which warm or cool the air as needed.  The conditioned air is distributed throughout the home by the ductwork.

In a home that was built without ductwork, installing a standard heat pump can be a problem.  Running the ductwork in a home built without ducts can be very difficult and expensive.  However, these homes were often built with some type of electric radiant heating system such as a floor heater that can be expensive to operate.

Ductless mini-split heat pumps offer a solution for converting to an energy efficient heat pump without the hassle and expense of installing ductwork.  Ductless mini split systems are also great for heating and cooling room additions where extending the duct system is impractical or undesirable.

A ductless mini-split system consists of an outdoor compressor/condenser unit connected to one or more indoor air handlers located in each room.  No ductwork is needed for a mini-split system and by eliminating the air losses associated with ductwork, a mini-split system can operate more efficiently than a traditional heat pump system.  It also offers the versatility of being able to adjust the climate controls separately in each room.

The primary drawbacks to mini-split systems are the relatively high cost and the space required for the air handler in each room.  However, they can be an excellent energy efficient heating and cooling system for homes without ductwork already in place.