What is a Mini Split?

Ductless heating and cooling systems, also known as ductless mini splits, are fantastic alternatives for homes that are not set up for typical heating and cooling appliances such as forced air furnaces or standard air conditioners and heat pumps. These HVAC systems can serve as a comprehensive heating and cooling solution for the entire residence, offer supplementary heating and cooling, or provide comfort control in newly added or renovated areas of the home that are not serviced by an existing central HVAC system.


Ductless systems operate with high efficiency as they eliminate the requirement for ducts. This split system consists of an outdoor heat pump or air conditioner linked to one or more indoor air handlers. These air handlers, installed on the wall or ceiling, distribute conditioned air directly into the room they serve. This is a more secure and energy-efficient alternative to window air conditioners and baseboard heating.


Why You Should Consider a Ductless Mini Split HVAC System


A ductless system can provide several advantages over traditional central heating and cooling equipment in specific situations. It could be a good fit if:


– One is looking to add heating and cooling to a new part of the house that isn’t linked to the central heating and cooling system.

– Different family members prefer different temperature settings in their respective areas.

– One wants to add a cooling system to a house that doesn’t have a duct system or sufficient space for new duct installation.

– One is seeking to enhance comfort in certain parts of the house that the central heating and cooling system can’t reach.


Advantages of Ductless Mini Split for Heating and Cooling


**Energy Efficiency:** Ductless systems offer high energy efficiency. Due to the lack of ducts, air leakage is eliminated, improving the system’s efficiency immediately. This means less energy is required to heat and cool the home, reducing both environmental impact and carbon footprint.


** Individual Comfort Controls:** Each air handler is controlled independently by a remote. This allows family members to adjust the temperature in their area without affecting heating and cooling in other parts of the house. This feature is not available with central HVAC systems, which only have one thermostat to control the entire home.


**Quiet Operation:** The air handlers installed inside the house operate quietly, ensuring minimal noise disturbance as the room reaches a comfortable temperature.


What are the downsides of a ductless AC system?


– **Increased Maintenance Needs:** Unlike central HVAC systems, which use a single air filter, each air handler in a ductless system has its own filter. These filters need to be replaced or cleaned regularly, usually every month.


**Aesthetics:** Even though there are many stylistic options available to match the room’s decor, some people might not appreciate the presence of large HVAC equipment inside their homes.


**Initial Costs:** The installation cost of a ductless system can be higher than that of central HVAC systems. However, the energy savings over time can offset the initial investment.


Repairs for Mini Split HVAC Systems


If one’s existing ductless system is struggling to heat or cool the house adequately, making odd noises, or experiencing other performance issues, it’s time to call Bryant Heating & Cooling for repairs. Their NATE-certified technicians are qualified to repair all brands and models of ductless systems, ensuring improved comfort and energy efficiency.


Maintenance of Mini Split HVAC Systems


Like furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, and air conditioners, ductless systems need regular preventative maintenance. One should schedule their tune-up with Bryant Heating & Cooling in the spring for the cooling season and in the fall for the heating season if they use a ductless heat pump to heat their house.


Replacement of Mini Split HVAC Systems


Whether one needs to replace an existing ductless system or wants to upgrade an older central HVAC system to a ductless mini split system, Buckeye Heating, Cooling & Plumbing is ready to help. Their Comfort Consultants will assist in finding the right equipment, and their expert installers will equip the house with a new, efficient ductless heating and cooling system.


Regular maintenance and timely repairs are crucial for ensuring the optimal performance and longevity of ductless HVAC systems. By partnering with reputable service providers like Bryant Heating & Cooling, homeowners can enjoy the benefits of energy-efficient, customized, and quiet comfort provided by these versatile systems.