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Ductless mini split systems have become incredibly common in recent years, and there are many reasons why. Ductless systems provide the same heating and cooling capabilities that ducted HVAC systems do, but with fewer problems. Mini splits have proven to be more energy-efficient and better at regulating temperatures throughout people’s homes than ducted systems. Here are some things to know regarding ductless mini splits: What To Know About Ductless Mini Splits
All mini-split HVAC systems, whether used for heating or cooling, are made up of outdoor and indoor components. The outside condenser/compression unit puts pressure on the refrigerant, which is then spread through lines to the indoor unit. There are 3 parts to the indoor unit: air handlers, blowers, and the evaporator coil. Indoor units are strategically installed throughout one’s house in order to maximize energy-efficiency.
Mini split units can be installed in a variety of different locations or zones throughout the house, including walls and ceilings. Furthermore, by situating the condenser unit outside, homeowners will not be troubled by the routine noise associated with air conditioners.
The simple answer is: YES! An outdoor heat pump unit is connected to 4 or more indoor units in a ductless mini split system. A conduit that contains power wires, drain pipes, and refrigerant lines connects the interior units. Mini splits do not require ductwork in order to heat and/or cool your home, and instead does so via indoor units. Mini splits can provide both heating and cooling for an indoor space because they are based on a heat pump. The heat pump, in essence, removes heat from the inside environment to offer cooling in the summer and brings heat in from the outdoors to provide warmth in the winter.
Mini splits are a great alternative for zoning systems, which divide an indoor space into isolated zones that receive heating and cooling separately from the surrounding zones. Each indoor unit is equipped with its own thermostat, allowing for perfect temperature control. Moreover, homeowners can also opt to simply install one indoor unit to try it out and can always add more–or, create more zones–later if they want to, making ductless mini splits incredibly flexible and adaptive to any space or environment.
Mini split systems are particularly energy efficient because they are based on the operation of a heat pump. Moreover, their operating expenses are typically far lower than those of a standard HVAC system. Since they don’t use ducts, there’s no risk of the types of air leaks or energy loss that waste both energy and money that tend to occur with ducted systems, which drive up energy costs. They allow you to only heat and cool the areas where it’s needed, removing the potential for your home to become overly hot or overly cool due to excessive operation.