How are Ductless Mini Splits Different From Other AC Options?
Ductless mini split systems are configured with one or more indoor units (evaporators) powered by a single inverter-controlled, variable-speed outdoor compressor. The compressor delivers maximum comfort by speeding up or slowing down to meet your specific needs. By continuously working, the ductless AC unit doesn’t waste energy like other traditional HVAC systems. These systems are also known for being efficient because no energy is lost while transporting air through lengthy ductwork.
Can You Have Both a Mini Split AC and a Central AC Installed?
The short answer is yes! Even if you have a central cooling system, you can still benefit from a ductless system in areas of your home without existing ductwork such as a new addition, workshop, garage, or finished basement.
Typically, existing ductwork is not designed to accommodate additions or renovations and therefore is only sized to meet the exact airflow requirements of your existing setup. This makes it either impossible or too costly to add a new “zone” to existing ductwork. In these cases, a mini-split solution may be a better option.
Are Mini Splits Good for Heating?
Yes! Most standard units are effective down to about 35 degrees, or you can upgrade to a Hyper Heat system so you can heat your home all year round, even down to -13°F. And depending on the layout and size of your system, ductless heat pumps can actually heat your home more efficiently than traditional fossil fuel systems like gas or oil, saving you money during the heating season.
What Maintenance Do Ductless HVAC Systems Need?
Ductless AC and heat pumps need annual maintenance just like any other HVAC system. These services give us the chance to clean your system, inspect all components, and make small repairs before they turn into big expensive problems, ensuring that your mini split continues to work throughout the year. HVAC systems that are routinely maintained operate more efficiently, need fewer repairs, and live longer than those that don’t get the same care.