Ductless mini splits have long been the heating and cooling norm in Europe and Asia, but they have recently seen a popularity spike in the United States. This is not accidental, as they offer numerous advantages over other air conditioners and they’re the perfect option for anyone looking to replace their old HVAC system. What better time to make the switch to an efficient, versatile, and affordable ductless air conditioner than the start of the new year and decade? Read below to learn more!
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New Year, New HVAC System: Six Reasons to Replace Your Old HVAC Unit w/a Ductless Mini Split
Single and Multi Zone Capabilities
Ductless mini split systems consist of an outdoor compressor or condenser unit connected to an indoor air-handling unit by a series of copper pipes and wires. They are available in single and multi-zone systems, depending on your specific heating and cooling needs. A single-zone system consists of one outdoor unit connected to one indoor unit, while a multi-zone system consists of one outdoor unit connected to multiple indoor units.
A single-zone system allows you to control the temperature in the room or “zone” where the indoor unit is physically located. These are perfect for individual rooms or levels in homes and businesses. Multi-zone systems allow you to control the temperature in each different “zone” without impacting the others. These systems are perfect in homes with multiple rooms or levels and help fix temperature inconsistencies.
Both single and multi-zone systems can also be added to homes with existing central ducted systems as a supplemental air conditioner. The flexibility of single and multi-zone systems are very appealing for those looking to replace their HVAC systems.
Ductless mini splits are also one of the most efficient HVAC options available. Energy produced by central HVAC systems is lost as it travels through the ducts, and this waste is eliminated by ductless mini splits. This heightened efficiency directly leads to significant energy bill savings. Mini splits can also be programmed in cycles where they increase and decrease their energy use in timed intervals to avoid waste.
Ductless mini splits are also more versatile than older HVAC systems. They can be used for heating and cooling, making them excellent options regardless of the time of year or local climate. They also double as air filters and purifiers during use. Not only are they heating and cooling your home, they’re also increasing the indoor air quality by removing any dust, debris, moisture, or allergens!
Smart Technology Capabilities
Many ductless mini splits also utilize smart technologies to maximize the heating and cooling experience. For example, many mini splits can be controlled remotely by a smartphone application. They are also compatible with smart thermostats such as the Honeywell D6. This provides more control and data such as humidity level. Some models also utilize sensors to turn on when someone enters the room and off when someone exits.
The ductless heating and cooling cost is lower than other options. Installing an HVAC system with ductwork can range anywhere from $3,350 to $5,910, while ductless systems cost anywhere from $1,300 to $4,500. However, these costs are not exact numbers and could vary, depending on factors such as brand, size, number of indoor units, and more. Any installation costs of ductless heating and cooling is also offset by the long-term savings on your home’s energy bill.
Easy Maintenance and Installation
Ductless air conditioners also have very simple installation and maintenance processes. Installing ductwork in a home is extensive and costly and takes a long time. Mini splits’ lack of ductwork simplifies their installation process so you’ll have one in your home in no time! However, all mini split installation must be handled by a professional HVAC technician. Not only does DIY installation lead to frequent breakdowns and inefficient performance, but it also voids the warranty of your system.
Ducted HVAC systems suffer from frequent breakdowns and leaks and require more maintenance than mini splits. Most mini splits require a filter change every four to six weeks, and annual or bi-annual deep cleaning, depending on the level of usage. Many mini split problems can also be troubleshooted by the homeowners.
ComfortUp carries mini splits from the industry’s most trusted mini split brands and is here to help you find the right one to replace the old HVAC unit in your home. Give us a call at 1-855-337-0001 or contact us online to learn more!