When Is a Ductless Mini-Split System the Right Choice?
Many people believe forced-air heating and cooling is the best option, and while that is true for many people. Some houses may actually better benefit from a mini-split system. Mini-split systems are comparable to forced-air heating and cooling, but they require one outdoor unit and several indoor units. If you would like to know more, keep reading to see when ductless heating and cooling is the right choice.
You Have Little to No Ductwork
Forced-air heating and cooling is one of the most popular options, but it relies on ducts to transport the heated and cooled air. Some older homes may not have been built with enough or any ductwork. Adding ductwork can cost $35 to $55 a linear foot, and that doesn’t include the cost of a new HVAC system.
In some homes, however, you may not have enough room to add ducts. Even if there is plenty of room, adding ducts is an invasive project. A mini-split system doesn’t need ducts to heat and cool each area, which saves you significant money. Plus, installing a mini-split is less invasive than installing ducts.
You Added a New Room
Sometimes, your home just isn’t big enough, so you may build an addition or convert the garage or attic into a room. Even if you already have a forced-air heating and cooling system, the ducts don’t go to these new rooms.
Instead of expanding your ducts, you can just buy a single mini-split system for the new room. This is especially helpful if you don’t use the room often because you can turn off the system when the room isn’t being used.
You Want Zoned Heating and Cooling
You can choose a forced-air system with zoned heating and cooling, but all mini-split systems automatically come with zoned heating and cooling. This is because each indoor unit is responsible for a specific room or area. Therefore, not only can you stop heat and cooling in unused rooms, but different zones can have different temperatures.
For example, because heat rises, the higher the floor, the hotter the rooms. If you’re upstairs on a hot summer day, you may need to crank up the system more than someone downstairs. With mini-split system, you can do that without freezing everyone downstairs.
You Want an Efficient Option
The more efficient your heating and cooling system, the less money you spend and less energy you waste to heat and cool your home. Mini-split systems are incredibly efficient for many reasons. First, they tend to have high seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER), which measures the input versus output. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the system.
Naturally, mini-split systems are also more efficient because you can create zoned heating and cooling; however, more importantly, these systems don’t use ducts. With ducts, the cooled air has more time to gain heat, and heated air has more time to loose heat. Plus, gaps and holes in the ducts allow air to escape.
You or Your Family Have Allergies
Many people suffer from allergies due to pollen, pet dander, pet hair, mold, etc. Unfortunately, ducts are a perfect harbor for many types of allergies. These allergens can get sucked into your ductwork and then sent through every vent in the house.
Dirty vents may lead to sore throat, coughing, sick building syndrome, and much more. Plus, if you have pests, they can leave their droppings and carcasses inside the ducts. For this reason, ducts need regular cleaning to remove any dust and allergens.
A mini-split system can be the perfect way to heat and cool your entire home or just a few rooms. With a mini-split system, you don’t need to worry about installing or maintaining ducts, and you can easily create zoned heating and cooling. If you would like to know more, contact us at JR Putman Plumbing, Heating and Air.