Are you looking for a heating and cooling system that provides excellent efficiency ratings, versatile installation options and zoned heating and cooling to areas of your home where extending ducts isn’t a practical solution? Ductless mini splits may be your answer.
The compact components of ductless mini splits make them an attractive option for remodels, room additions, sunrooms, and hard-to-reach areas. The outdoor unit of ductless mini splits connects to as many as four air handlers via a three-inch conduit. The flexible conduit houses the refrigerant tubing, condensate line, power source and suction. It extends up to 50 feet, which enables versatile placement of the air handlers and outdoor unit.
Additionally, the outdoor unit is a real space-saver compared to full-size heat pumps, and installs more quickly. To install a ductless system, you can follow normal heat-pump guidelines and maintenance, which includes ensuring a minimum of two feet clearance on all sides of the outdoor unit and avoiding close proximity to dryer vents. Furthermore, for light maintenance, ensure debris, tall grass and weeds, and snow and ice accumulation (during the heating months) don’t obstruct airflow.
You typically install the air handlers high on walls to promote efficient airflow, and you also can install them so that they are flush with drop ceilings. Additionally, you can control each air handler conveniently and easily, with its own remote and programmable thermostat.
Ductless mini splits typically provide you with more energy savings than heat pumps by the nature of their ductless design. Ducts in the average household can lose as much as 20 percent of the air flowing through them due to leaks, loose connections and poor design. They may even lose another 30 percent of their heat energy when they run through uninsulated areas of your home, such as crawl spaces, attics or basements.
With a ductless mini split, heated and cooled air is delivered at the source, the air handlers, with no chance for energy loss typical of poor duct design. In addition, each air handler is its own zone. This affords you the opportunity to customize the comfort of you and your loved ones, and conserves energy because you’re heating and cooling, as needed, only those areas that you’re using, rather than your entire home.
If a ductless mini split sounds like a perfect fit for your home project, contact Powers Heating & Air. We proudly serve residential and commercial customers in the Fayette and Coweta County areas.
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