Is a Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pump Right For Your Home?

Are you looking for a new cooling and heating solution for your home?

Or are you building a home and exploring your options?

With many different types of HVAC systems out there, it can be difficult to choose one that is perfect for your space.

Emitless offers a range of HVAC solutions including ductless mini-split systems to maintain your home’s peak level of comfort.

We install, repair, and maintain ductless mini-split heat pumps and are happy to help you figure out if this type of system is right for your home!

What is a Ductless Mini-Split System?

A ductless mini-split system, often referred to as an air conditioner or heat pump, is a heating and cooling system that allows you to control the temperature in individual rooms.

Like central air conditioning systems, mini-splits compromise outdoor condenser units and indoor air-handling units. A conduit houses the power cable, refrigerant tubing, and condensate drain and links the indoor and outdoor units.

Unlike a central air conditioning system, ductless mini-split systems have both heating and cooling capabilities. And, unlike other HVAC units, do not require ducts to operate.

The Advantages of Ductless Mini-Split Systems

Ductless mini-split heat pumps are a great alternative to baseboard heaters and window AC units. They only require a small hole drilled into the wall, so they can be placed in many areas.

These small units are less visible and quieter than standard HVAC systems. 

Plus, they cut down on energy loss because of their ductless design. When it comes to ducted systems, you can potentially lose up to 25% or more energy due to air leakages.

Overall, mini-split heaters are a highly energy-efficient system. Their internal components speed up and slow down based on the system’s needs instead of shutting off like traditional HVAC systems, which consume more energy when starting back up again.

  • Quieter
  • Smaller and more visually appealing
  • More energy efficient
  • Rooms can be zoned to customize temperatures
  • Offer flexibility in interior design options

The Disadvantages of Ductless Mini-Split Systems

There are some disadvantages to having a ductless mini-split system in your home. 

For instance, mini-split systems are not ideal for climates that experience extreme temperatures. While many newer models are designed to handle below-zero temperatures, you may have to ensure you have a fuel-based backup to maintain a comfortable temperature.

If you are looking to heat or cool single rooms in your home, ductless units have a high up-front cost than AC window units and baseboard heating. 

Ductless mini-split systems also need more regular maintenance especially when it comes to the unit’s filter. This filter should be washed each month since ductless fans can handle dust and debris as traditional HVAC units can.

  • Higher up-front cost than AC window units and baseboards
  • More maintenance
  • Older models are not ideal for extreme temperatures

When to Consider Installing a Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pump

Ductless systems make sense in a variety of applications and there are some instances where they are highly advantageous over other HVAC systems:

  • New Additions: If you are adding on a new garage apartment, sunroom, etc. to your home, ductless mini-split systems are properly sized for new spaces and won’t overload your HVAC system.
  • Downsizing: You may not want to cool or heat rooms that are not in use so ductless mini-split systems are a perfect way to downsize your current HVAC system.
  • Zoning: For homes with multiple occupants, mini-split systems can create independent temperature zones in different rooms so house members can maintain their individual levels of comfort.

Overall, if your home does not already have ductwork, a ductless mini-split heat pump is less expensive than having ducts installed in your home.

Ductless Mini-Split Installation

Just because you can DIY ductless heat pumps, doesn’t mean you should!

In order to enjoy the full benefits of a mini-split system, proper system sizing and installation are crucial. Plus, you may void the system’s warranty by installing it yourself.

You can count on our team at Emitless to professionally install the right-sized mini-split system for your home. We will ensure that wall penetrations are sealed correctly and sensitive electronics are handled with care.

We are also trained to handle refrigerants according to regulations and guidelines.

Ductless mini-split installation costs are insignificant compared to the cost of repairing or replacing an improperly installed system.

Contact us today for more information on how our team of experts can help you enjoy the perfect ductless mini-split system for your home!

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