Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pumps
Ductless mini-split heat pumps (mini splits) create separate HVAC zones by using multiple mini-split units, each operated by their own thermostat.
This is extremely useful in larger homes, homes that don’t have existing ductwork, and add-on areas that don’t have ductwork installed. For those looking to add heating and cooling in areas that don’t have ductwork or where ductwork is not feasible, ductless mini-splits may be a wise choice.
What Is a Ductless Mini-Split?
Ductless mini-splits utilize two main components—one outdoor compressor/condenser and one or more indoor air-handlers. The small conduit (approximately 3 inches) that connects the indoor and outdoor units houses the power cable, refrigerant tubing, suction tubing, and a condensate drain. The outdoor heat pump can be as far as 50 feet away.
The indoor air handlers can be installed on the ceiling, mounted flush with a drop ceiling, or hung on a wall. There are also floor-standing models available. While some may complain about the appearance, most look sleek and blend in nicely with the existing interior design.
Rather than relying on a series of ducts to distribute the air, the indoor unit sends conditioned air directly into the living space where it resides. With multiple indoor air handlers (as many as four per outdoor unit), you can create four zones, each air handler independently operated by its own thermostat.
Ductless Mini-Split Pros
The main advantage of ductless mini-split heating and cooling is the ability to create HVAC zones so you only have to condition the occupied spaces. This can save you a lot of energy and money. Additionally, since you don’t need air ducts, you won’t have to worry about duct installation, duct energy losses, or duct damage.
- Small Size and Flexibility
- Interior Design Flexibility
- Safe and Secure
- HVAC Zoning Options
- High-Tech Look
- No Ducts!
Ductless Mini-Split Cons
While there are many great reasons to choose a ductless mini-split unit, there are also some disadvantages you should be aware of.
First, not many HVAC companies have the knowledge or expertise to service or install them properly. Oversized or undersized units can result in comfort problems and high energy bills.
Make sure you live in an area with a qualified HVAC company who can install and service the system properly. Luckily, if you live in the Denver Metropolitan Area, Groundhog Heating & Air Conditioning has expert technicians familiar with all makes and models of ductless mini-split heat pumps.
Additionally, some people may not like the look of the indoor air handlers since they don’t have the same built-in appearance of a central HVAC system. In our humble opinion though, they look great.
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Denver Metro Ductless Mini-Split Service and Installation
In addition to proper installation, you also want to make sure you hire the right company to service your mini splits. Like with other HVAC systems, ductless systems require regular maintenance every year.
Prevent expensive repairs and extend the lifespan of your ductless system by scheduling periodic maintenance and remembering to change filters and keep the outdoor unit clean and clear.
Ductless mini-split heat pumps may be the right choice for you! Allow Groundhog Heating & Air Conditioning answer all your questions and guide you through the process.
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