According to the U.S. Department of Energy, ductless mini-split heat pumps are an excellent choice for heating and cooling new additions to homes or businesses. They can also be used to augment your existing central air conditioning system to improve your comfort. Here are four advantages of ductless mini-split systems for your home.
What are the Benefits?
Improved Energy Efficiency
Research conducted by the Department of Energy and published in ACHR News indicates that leaky ductwork is one of the primary culprits for wasted energy during heating and cooling. About 30 to 40 percent of the conditioned air produced by your HVAC system is lost through gaps and holes in your ductwork. By upgrading to ductless, you can avoid these energy losses and can ensure the most efficient use of energy in your South Jersey home.
Creating Comfort Zones
Because as many as four indoor air handling units can be connected to one outdoor compressor, you can create indoor comfort zones that will promote greater comfort for you and your family. Indoor climate zones allow for individualized comfort when each has a separate thermostat. One space can be, say, 74 degrees, while another is 70. In other words, you can change the temperature in one room without compromising the comfort of someone else in another part of the house.
It can also lower your overall costs by allowing you to heat or cool only the rooms you are using.
Indoor Air Quality
Dust and particulate matter can build up inside your home’s air ducts. The Environmental Protection Agency has identified a number of serious issues that can result from poor indoor air quality. Short-term effects of exposure to pollutants may include some or all of the following:
- Dizziness and fatigue
- Irritation of the eyes
These effects may be more pronounced or dangerous for those with respiratory issues like asthma or emphysema.
Making sure your indoor air is as clean and breathable as possible can protect you and your family against these serious health issues. Ductless systems eliminate these concerns due to the simple fact that they do not require ducts to distribute air.
Indoor air handlers also operate lower and slower than conventional HVAC units, which means they’re recirculating the air more, helping remove airborne particles. Some models also come with advanced filtration to help further purify your indoor air.
Installing these systems typically takes one to two days per unit. More complex systems or systems with multiple indoor air handles may require more time and effort on the part of your HVAC technicians. But in nearly all cases, the installation time needed for traditional ducted HVAC equipment would be much longer — and disruptive — than that needed to install your new ductless unit.
You can also install a ductless mini-split to supplement your central air system. For example, if you’re renovating your attic, basement or building an addition to your home, it will be costly to extend your ductwork to the new space. A ductless mini-split can provide targeted comfort while operating separately from your HVAC unit.
At Harris Plumbing, Heating, Air, & Electric, we offer comprehensive HVAC services for your home or business in South Jersey, Cecil County Maryland and New Castle County, Delaware. Our team has the experience and the proven knowledge to provide the right solutions for your needs. We offer emergency services available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can provide same-day appointments in many cases. Call our team today at (856) 485-7215 to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled technicians. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you.