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Common Questions About Ductless Mini Split Systems

Ductless Mini Split

Ductless mini split HVAC systems are becoming more popular in homes throughout Grand Rapids thanks to their versatility, efficiency and other great benefits. However, many homeowners are still reluctant to consider this option for their homes because they’re simply not familiar with them. By answering some common ductless mini split questions, we hope it’s easier to see that this system type could be a great solution for your home.

How Does a Ductless Mini Split Work?

Most of us are used to central heating and cooling systems, which is why many people ask us how ductless mini splits work. A ductless system features two main components – indoor air handlers and an outdoor heat pump or air conditioner. Systems commonly feature multiple air handlers connected to an outdoor unit through a line set.

Ductless mini splits have dedicated air handlers installed in each area of the home, which create the ability for zoned comfort. Each one is controlled individually and independently. As such, efficiency can be improved by cutting waste, and comfort accounts for everyone’s preferences and the needs of a space without affecting temperatures across the home. Basements, garages or new home additions can use a single-zone mini split system if they want just that area to receive heating and air conditioning.

What Type of Homes Use Ductless Mini Splits?

Common questions about ductless mini split concern the versatility of the system. A ductless system is extremely versatile and can go where forced air systems often can’t due to space or cost considerations because of lacking ductwork.

Ductless systems are a great solution for scenarios such as:

  • Homes with no existing ductwork
  • Homes where there is not enough space to install a new duct system
  • Providing heating and cooling in a space not connected to the central air distribution system, like a recently finished attic or basement
  • In new additions where the cost of expanding the current central system to serve the area would be cost prohibitive
  • In areas of a home where supplemental heating and air conditioning is needed
  • In garages or outbuildings

How Efficient Are Ductless Systems?

Because there are no ducts involved with these systems, energy waste can be curbed as much as 30 percent compared to an average home with ducts. This is because most duct systems allow for significant heating and cooling loss through air leaks. Plus, the systems offer great energy efficiency ratings.

Is the Indoor Unit Big?

Interior aesthetics are important to homeowners, so questions about equipment are common. While there are a number of different interior air handler units, the units do have some size, but they’re not nearly as big as, say, a furnace sitting in your living room. Interior units come in a variety of finishes and are installed high on walls, so they can blend with your interiors. Some units are even set within the ceiling, so they really don’t detract from the look of the space at all.

How Much Do Ductless Systems Cost?

The cost of a ductless system depends on many things, such as how many indoor units need to be supported. The cost to install a ductless system across an entire home typically is far more than simply upgrading the central units if a home is already equipped with central HVAC. However, their efficiency cuts operating costs, generating savings over time.

A-1 Mechanical Answers Your Ductless Mini Split Questions

If you have more ductless mini split questions, our knowledgeable team is happy to provide you with answers. Let’s chat about our ductless heating and cooling options and if this system type may be right for your Grand Rapids area home – contact us today.

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