June 12, 2024

Benefits of Ductless Heat Pumps

Whether you’re looking to install a heating or cooling system in your home, one popular option you may have come across is a ductless mini-split. These units are commonly marketed as highly energy efficient and easy to use. If you’re still on the fence about getting one for your home, we will share with you some great reasons why you should consider getting one.

Zone Heating and Cooling Control

With a ductless mini-split system, individual mini-split units will be installed in all of your home’s major rooms. Each unit will have its own remote that allows you to individually control its temperature settings, independent from the rest. This means that you can set your bedroom to 65 degrees to get better sleep at night while leaving your living room temperature at 70 degrees to optimize your energy use.

Having zone control allows everyone in your home to remain comfortable without having to compromise on one household temperature setting. Even better, you can optimize your energy usage by only running units in the rooms that you’re using. Instead of heating or cooling your entire home, your units only have to work in small spaces, which takes up much less energy.

Perfect for Home Additions

As their name implies, ductless mini-split units don’t rely on ductwork to deliver treated air to your home. Rather, each mini-split unit will create warm or cold air for each room. This makes the ductless mini-split unit a perfect solution to temperature control a new home addition. There’s no need to worry about connecting to existing ductwork, where you’ll likely overload it and cause poor future performance. With a ductless system, a small three-inch hole must be drilled in the exterior wall to connect the new mini-split unit to the outdoor condenser unit. It’s a very non-invasive process.

Optimal Temperature Efficiency

Ductless mini-split systems outperform all other types of air conditioning systems when it comes to cooling efficiency. The simple lack of ductwork means that every unit of cold air that a mini-split unit produces is adequately delivered to the room it’s positioned in. With ducting, you can lose up to 30 percent of your cold air through gaps and leaks before it even reaches the main rooms of your home.

During the winter months, ductless mini-split units can be more energy efficient than most other types of common heating systems when in a fairly mild climate. These units are recommended for regions of the country that don’t regularly get below-freezing temperatures. Traditional oil and gas furnaces burn the fuel in the combustion process, and some of that energy is naturally lost. With a ductless mini-split system, heat is simply transferred from the air outside to the indoors. There’s no loss of energy, which makes the mini-split system way more energy efficient than other common heating systems on the market today.

Multiple Installation Options

When most people think about a ductless mini-split unit, they picture the traditional wall-style unit. While these are still widely popular today due to their high affordability, there are more options out there. Nowadays, you can have your mini-split unit mounted on the floor like a radiator or in the ceiling for optimal discreetness. Units come in all different colors and sizes to fit every styling need.

All-Year Temperature Control

The beauty of a ductless mini-split system is that it allows you to control the temperature in your home all year round. It will heat your home during colder winter months and cool it in hot summer months. The best part is that you only have to worry about one HVAC system for your home. Investing in a separate centralized cooling system and furnace is unnecessary.

No Ductwork Required

If you’ve ever dealt with ductwork, you know that it can require constant upkeep. Airborne debris is constantly pulled into your ducting, which will require regular cleanings to keep your indoor air quality at an acceptable level. Even further, the metal ducting will undoubtedly develop leaks and gaps over time as the natural expansion and contraction occur.

Each of these gaps means some of your treated air seeps into your wall and floor cavities. You’ll likely need to occasionally invest in duct sealing services to recapture that lost air. With a ductless mini-split system, you never have to worry about ductwork upkeep. In fact, this is the perfect system to install in any existing home that doesn’t have ducting already installed.

Awesome Technology Upgrades

It seems like every year, ductless mini-split manufacturers develop new technology to make these systems even more effective for homeowners. One cool new technology feature is the i-See Sensor. This technology in your new mini-split unit will scan the room for the hottest location. Then, it will direct its airflow toward that location to help minimize the heat. This is perfect for cooling down when you first turn on your room and when you’re working out.

Tax Incentives

As the country moves towards a greener lifestyle, the government encourages homeowners to invest in greener technologies. Since ductless mini-split systems are very energy-efficient, the government is offering tax incentives for homeowners who purchase these systems. You should check with your local HVAC provider to learn about all the federal, state, and local incentives available to you.

Better Indoor Air Quality

A major advantage of ductless mini-split systems is that they offer better indoor air quality than traditional centralized air conditioning systems. This is because no ducting can trap and recirculate unwanted airborne particles, like dust, pet dander, and pollen. In fact, each mini-split unit will have a multi-layer filtration system to remove contaminants from its specific room.

Even better, ductless mini-split systems are more effective at lowering the humidity level inside your home. With a centralized air conditioning system, all the air is forced over one evaporator coil responsible for removing excess humidity. When you have a ductless mini-split setup, each unit will have its own evaporator coil. This allows the total system to remove more excess moisture from the air. When the air inside your home is less humid, your family will be more comfortable.

Fast Installation Process

One lesser known benefit of ductless mini-split systems is that they offer a fairly easy installation process. There’s no need to rip out any existing drywall or worry about running tons of metal ducting through a newly constructed home. Rather, with a mini-split system, your HVAC technician will simply need to drill small three-inch holes in the exterior walls of your main rooms to run a series of piping. All the piping runs to your condenser unit, which is easily placed on the exterior of your home.

Dependable Ductless Mini-Split Service

Scott-Lee Heating Company offers dependable ductless mini-split service for the St. Louis community. Our knowledgeable HVAC technicians are happy to assist with your heating, cooling, metalwork, indoor air quality, new construction, and commercial needs. Give our office a call today to schedule your next service appointment.