In conventional HVAC (heating, ventilation & air conditioning) systems, hot and cool air is distributed from a furnace and air conditioner through a series of ducts. These ducts often run along basement ceilings and in wall cavities before connecting to registers throughout the home where the air is dispersed.
Although ducted HVAC systems have been the most common heating and cooling method for many decades, ductless mini-split systems are an excellent, modern option for many homes. Whether it be for a whole house system or for a property that may not accommodate a ducted system, a mini-split system uses individual wall-hung, floor or ceiling mounted air handler units in the room(s) of choice. Up to five air handlers can connect to one exterior unit.
Below are 7 reasons why a mini-split system could make sense for your home.
1. Simple Installation
In most cases, mini-split installation is a much simpler process than other heating and cooling systems for trained HVAC technicians. A three-inch hole is the only thing necessary to connect the refrigerant line from the outdoor units to the indoor air handlers.
Are you expanding your current floorplan? Want climate control in a garage, loft, or shed? Are you adding a home office or extension? Need better temperature control in a finished basement, attic, or above the garage? Whatever your situation, mini-splits present that perfect flexible option for various scenarios. Rather than running expensive, labor-intensive ductwork into a home addition, installing a mini-split can adequately heat and cool any area. Whether you have a detached garage, shed, or home office, a ductless mini-split is the ideal solution for year-round comfort.
3. Customize Your Temperatures Room by Room
With a conventional HVAC system, you’re likely only dealing with one or two thermostats that will regulate the temperature for the entire household. But with a mini-split system, the temperature can be customized in each room. So if you prefer your bedroom to be cooler than your living or family room, it’s easy to adjust at any time. A ductless mini-split system will keep each member of your family happy and comfortable!
4. Ductless Systems are Highly Efficient
Aside from customizing temperatures and essentially shutting off heating or cooling in rooms that aren’t occupied or used, a significant advantage of a ductless system is that you are not losing heat or cool air through the ductwork. It’s estimated that up to 30 percent of a conventional system’s HVAC output is wasted through ductwork. Over time, traditional ductwork can wear out and pull apart at the seams, resulting in leaks that waste energy and make the system work harder to heat and cool your home. This is never the case with a ductless mini-split system.
5. They’re Affordable
Compared to conventional ductwork and HVAC systems, mini-split systems are affordable to install and maintain. Moreover, installation can typically be completed in a single day, making them the ideal solution for new construction builds and renovations. When you combine this upfront affordability with energy savings and ease of maintenance, the value proposition truly does add up over time.
6. They Remove Humidity
Mini-split systems are particularly effective in humid environments, as they work to remove humidity from the air. They do this by capturing condensation and draining it out of your home. This additional benefit significantly affects how comfortable your home feels and will also support the central HVAC system’s efficiency.
7. More People are Going Ductless
The cost and energy savings, high efficiency, and excellent performance of ductless mini-split systems have led to an estimated 30-45% usage increase in the last five years in the United States alone. It is estimated that the ductless market will continue to increase by up to 10 percent year over year.