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What’s the Deal with Ductless Mini Splits?

A Life Without Ductwork

Ductless mini splits have become a popular contender in the home cooling space. But what are they really, and how do they work?

Ductless mini-splits are cooling and heating systems that operate without a ductwork system. So instead of an AC unit creating cool air and blowing it through ducts around your home, mini-split units create the cool air and blow it directly into the space it occupies.

How Mini-Splits Work

Ductless mini-splits have less of an overall footprint than traditional central air systems. The system comes with an indoor and outdoor unit. The indoor unit is rectangular in shape and is where the cool air is blown out. These are typically mounted on the wall. You only need a small hole to open up the wall for the connecting wires, allowing a relatively simple installation.

The inside unit connects to a small outdoor unit, known as the condenser. The two are connected through a small pipe and some wires.

Not only are mini-splits popular for air conditioning, but they can be used for heating as well. And since each unit operates separately, you can set up a zoning system so each room gets the right amount of cooling or heating.

When Mini-Splits Are Beneficial

Some homes are better suited for mini-splits than others, but no matter what kind of home you have, you can likely find a spot to place a mini-split system. If your home doesn’t have existing ductwork, a mini-split might be the right choice so you don’t need to perform the invasive process of installing air ducts.

Plus, mini-splits come especially in handy when you add on a section to your home. Instead of worrying about adding ductwork to your addition and changing the flow of air, you can just install a ductless system and be instantly ready for whatever weather comes your way.

Ductless systems can also be advantageous when you don’t want the energy losses associated with central air. Ductwork is notorious for wasting energy. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, energy loss in ductwork can account for 30 percent of all energy costs. Let’s repeat that: almost a third of the energy used by central air systems is wasted in ducts. With mini-splits, this is no longer an issue, as there is next to no space for the air to travel.

Mini-splits can be space savers and more convenient when you use them for both heating and cooling. All you need to do is flip a switch and you don’t need to worry about fuel and maintenance for two different systems.

Maintenance Requirements

There are fewer maintenance requirements for homeowners compared to central air systems. However, this doesn’t mean maintenance isn’t equally important.

Clean the filters of your unit to ensure it’s working at peak efficiency and you’re not harming your air quality. Along with the filters, set aside time to clean each unit from any dust and debris. Take a damp cloth to the outdoor condenser (make sure the system is turned off first), and wipe down the fan and the grates.

Part of maintenance is preventative. So what can you do to prevent issues with your mini-split? Aside from the previously-mentioned tasks, make sure there is enough room around the system so that it can adequately circulate air.

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When you choose Guaranteed Service for your mini-split installation and repair, we guarantee you’ll be so satisfied with our service that you’ll become a customer for life. Contact us today at (732) 412-1134 for more information on whether a ductless mini-split may be right for your home.


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