Even if your home has central air conditioning, a ductless mini-split sytem could be a good option in many situations. New additions, three-season porches, garages and other spaces not connected to central heating and cooling systems are all good candidates for ductless heating and cooling.
How Does a Ductless Mini-Split System Work?A mini-split system consists of a small air handler in each room, usually installed on an exterior wall near the ceiling, although they can also be installed in the floor and other locations. A small conduit connects a condenser outside the home to all of the indoor air handlers.
When used for cooling, ductless systems typically offer greater efficiency and improved performance compared to window AC units. They also give you the option of heating.
Here are some applications where mini-split systems offer an advantage over traditional central heating.
- Mini-split systems are a cost-effective option for heating and cooling older homes without existing ductwork.
- Ductless systems can be used to solve challenging heating and cooling situations where the furnace and AC are located too far from certain areas of the home, such a new addition.
- Ductless heating and cooling systems are ideal where you need to optimize the temperature of a room for a specific purpose, such as a greenhouse or cold storage.
- They provide cost-effective and efficient heating and cooling for outbuildings like workshops and detached garages.