You may have heard about ductless air conditioning systems, also known as ductless mini split heat pumps. (There are “cooling only” models, but most are heat pumps capable of working in heating and cooling modes.) Ductless mini splits are common in many parts of the world, such as Japan and throughout Europe. They’re becoming more popular here in the U.S. as an alternative to either using a central system with ductwork or window air conditioning units.
You may not have considered going with a ductless system for your next HVAC installation simply because you don’t know much about them or haven’t seen them in action. We think you should give them some serious thought, because there are some good reasons to have them installed. Here are situations where ductless mini splits are an excellent choice:
- You currently use window ACs: Many homes in Washington were built without central air conditioning in mind. They have wall heaters for winter, but in summer the only way to have powered cooling used to be jamming ugly and inefficient window units into the windows. Today, a ductless system offers a way to have cooling all around the house without adding any ducts or blocking windows. Ductless systems are a sleek and simple solution.
- You are remodeling your home or building a new one: Ductless mini splits are flexible. Since they don’t have to rely on a network of ducts that takes up space in walls, they are great to install when remodeling your home or for new home construction. Ditch the ductwork and save space.
- You’re adding on a room or converting a room: If you already have a central AC system, you may still find ductless useful when you build an add-on room or convert a non-living space like a garage into a den, study, extra bedroom, game room, etc. Instead of trying to rework the HVAC system for the new space, you can attach a ductless unit to handle the requirements.
- You’d like to save energy on cooling: Because ductless mini splits don’t gain heat through the walls of ducts in summer or lose heat through them during winter, they have higher energy efficiency than conventional central systems. They also use smaller motors and consume less power in general.
- You’d like zone control comfort: “Zone control” means you can change the temperature in one part of the house without affecting other parts. Although ducted systems can be retrofit for zone control, ductless systems are automatically zone controlled since each wall unit can be operated on its own.
- You want better air quality: Forced-air systems that use ducts can send out large amounts of air pollutants from the ducts. Without ducts, the air quality is less dusty. This is especially helpful for people who suffer from asthma and allergies who live in your home.
Want to know more about ductless mini splits in Bellevue, WA? Then call us today. We offer many types of air conditioning and heating solutions to homes in the Bellevue area.
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