If you look at images of homes in Europe, you might notice that ductless heating and cooling systems are everywhere. You can tell a ductless system by the appearance of small unit place high up on a wall, looking something like a small window air conditioner, except it doesn’t extend through the back of the wall to the outside. (You see a picture at the top of this post.) This is the air handler of a ductless mini split—the “mini” part. A ductless system works through a network of these air handlers placed in different rooms, each of which connects to a single outdoor unit similar to the one found in split system air conditioners and heat pumps.
Ductless mini split heat pumps are becoming more popular in the U.S. now, although they first started in businesses. Homes are finding them useful now as well. But you’re wondering if a ductless mini split is right for your home.
If so, than a ductless mini split heat pump probably isn’t the right choice when it comes to a basic heating or air conditioning replacement. It’s much easier to have a new heat pump or AC connected to the existing ducts.
Here’s a case where putting in a ductless mini split in a home that has existing ducts is a good idea. Heating and cooling a new room can be difficult on the older HVAC system and require extensive duct installation. Hooking up a ductless mini split for the room is a simple and elegant solution.
This is where a ductless system is a tremendous advantage. You can get rid of the space-eating ductwork and design the house the way you like it. Plus, you’ll enjoy the energy efficiency of a ductless system (no heat lost or gained through ducts) and the lower amount of air pollutants blown around.
Russell’s Heating & Air Conditioning installs ductless systems in Redlands, CA and throughout the Inland Empire and the Desert Communities. For exceptional customer service, please give our office a call.