S&L Mechanical Heating and Cooling Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Ductless Mini Split Systems’

Are There Good Reasons to Install Ductless Air Conditioning?

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

ductless-unit-blowing-cold-airYou 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:

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3 Benefits of Going Ductless

Friday, September 26th, 2014

If your home does not have any ducts installed, you could call a contractor to add ductwork onto the home before installing your new heating and air conditioning system. However, this can be quite a hassle, taking up too much of your time and disrupting the daily activities around the house.

One alternative that is gaining popularity these days is a ductless mini split system. These systems use the same type of outdoor compressor unit as other central air conditioners, but without requiring a forced air system. Instead, air is distributed to the home via indoor air handlers that blow air directly into the rooms.

Learn more about the benefits of these high-performance systems below.

No Ducts!

While this point seems obvious, there are many benefits of going ductless that you may be unaware of. Ducted heating and air conditioning systems may be inefficient because air can easily escape through some areas of the ducts. In fact, duct losses are responsible for up to 30% of energy loss in some homes, which means you’re not getting as much heating or cooling as you need, resulting in poor performance and inefficiency.

Comfort for the Whole Family

Sometimes, a member of your family has special temperature needs that requires keeping a certain room cool at all times. Or, someone in the household wants to keep their own room warmer than the rest of the house. Ductless air conditioners come with built-in zone control because there are multiple units around the home. Each indoor air handler has its own thermostat, so you can choose the temperature in individual areas of the house.

Energy Savings

Finally, the money you save will likely be worth the initial investment. Zone control systems are generally cost effective because they allow you to choose to shut off the air conditioning in unoccupied areas of the home, so you won’t pay to cool a space that goes largely unused at certain times. Besides, most ductless units have high efficiency ratings, and many have a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) that is well above the average for AC units today.

To get ductless air conditioning in Seattle, WA, call the cooling experts at S&L Mechanical today!

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