4 Advantages Of Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pumps
Mini-split heat pumps are a full-home heating and cooling solution that you may not even be aware of. These ductless systems have several advantages over central air and traditional gas furnace systems that definitely make them worth considering. Here are four benefits of installing a ductless mini-split heat pump system.
Small Installation Footprint
Both the indoor units and outdoor condenser will be much smaller in a ductless heat pump system than they would with a normal central air or furnace system. This small size gives you several options for the way that the indoor units are installed. They can sit on the floor, be mounted to the wall, or be attached to the ceiling.
Often air handlers are recessed into the wall or ceiling to take up virtually no space in the room. Because this system is ductless, it also frees up a lot of space in your attic or basement that would normally be taken up by ductwork. For small homes and apartments, the space savings of ductless mini-split systems should not be overlooked.
Variable Refrigerant Flow
One of the most novel features of modern ductless heat pump systems is the way that they adapt to the temperature needs of your home. Your ductless heat pump system constantly monitors the outside temperature as well as the internal temperature in each room to determine exactly how much cooling or heating is required. Of course, you always have the option to fine-tune these settings to your preference.
Ductless mini-split systems accomplish such fine-tuning of heat and cold delivery through a system known as variable refrigerant flow (VRF). With VRF, the system only sends as much refrigerant as is needed at any time to each of the indoor air handlers. The result is excellent energy efficiency, as limiting refrigerant use keeps heat transfer to the minimum amount needed.
Install Virtually Anywhere
The lack of reliance on ductwork allows for a lot of versatility in the way that a mini-split system is installed. You can now have heating and cooling in places where you may not have considered it before, such as a work shed or garage that is disconnected from the ductwork in the rest of your home.
The conduits that are used to connect mini-split air handlers to the condenser can run uninterrupted for hundreds of feet. This is without weak spots, such as joints, that are present in ducts and often lead to energy-wasting leaks. Even those with the largest homes can enjoy comfort in the furthest rooms in their home with a mini-split heat pump.
Mini-split heat pump systems are much quieter than furnaces or central air. You will no longer have to listen to noisy ductwork or a loud furnace every time you need to heat or cool your home. The inside units are distributed throughout your home so that they can use low-powered fans to move air evenly throughout each room.
The conduits of a mini-split system also contribute to the system’s quietness. Ducts are prone to banging and rattling noises due to the vibrations they experience when delivering air. The air in mini-split conduits is much less turbulent, so there will be much less noise as it travels through your home than if you were using a ducted system.
While a ductless heating and cooling system may sound unconventional, it is a technology that has a lot of benefits over traditional heating and cooling systems. Contact us at Baton Rouge Air Conditioning and Heating if you are considering a ductless mini-split heat pump so we can find the best heating and cooling solution for your home!