Ductless Mini Splits
Just like larger heat pumps, ductless mini-splits use electricity to pump heat rather than create it, a much more efficient way to heat your home than other heating systems. Although just now catching on here in the states, ductless mini split technology has been in use for 30 years in Europe and Japan. Ductless mini-split heat pumps make great additions to new “green” homes that are very efficient and are perfect for retro fitting existing homes with non-ducted heating systems. They are also a good choice for home additions where installing duct work is not possible.
Ductless mini-split heat pumps consist of an outdoor unit which is one third the size of traditional heat pumps and an indoor air handler. Some models are capable of running four different air handlers.This is ideal for zoning in the home. This can limit the amount of energy you use for heating and cooling by allowing you to condition zones in the home that are in use. They directly heat and cool your home where you want it. Because of this, you do not have to pay to heat or air condition rooms you don’t use very much or at all.
Going ductless has other advantages. Without the need to install duct work, mini-split installation is quick and inexpensive. Installation is versatile as well, only a three inch hole is needed to run the refrigerant from outside and air handlers come in wall mount, floor mount and ceiling mount options. Ducted systems take up a lot of space in the home and require long air chases where energy loss occurs. Up to 30% energy loss comes from the ducting if it runs through space that is not conditioned, like attics and basements. New mini-split heat pumps are some of the most efficient systems on the market today. Ductless mini-split heat pumps are in a state of constant innovation leading to more and more efficient models with higher Seasonal Efficiency Energy Ratio.SEER is a rating used to distinguish the cooling efficiency of a heat pump or air conditioner. The most efficient models have a SEER of 26. The higher the SEER the more energy you save. Whether you heat with electricity or have an old unit, a ductless mini-split heat pump can reduce your energy bill by 30-50% and are also easier on the environment. With less carbon dioxide emissions and reduced reliance on fossil fuels you help to conserve our natural resources. The initial cost of these units is offset by the longevity and energy savings, keeping more money in your pocket in the long run.
Proper installation is crucial in maintaining the efficiency of the unit. Placement of the indoor air handlers must be carefully considered to maximize coverage for each zone. At Mechanical Heating and Air, our technicians have extensive training and deliver our customers the best possible installation and service for ductless mini-split heat pumps. Call us today for more information or to schedule a free estimate. Together we can develop a plan for heating and cooling your home more efficiently.