Is a Ductless Mini-Split HVAC System Right for Me?
Is a ductless mini-split HVAC system right for your home?
Ductless mini-split HVAC systems are rather new; the technology reached the U.S. only about 35 years ago. Word is it is proving to be a very efficient heating and cooling system in some applications. You have a new project and you are wondering whether it might a good option for your space.
Here are some considerations to keep in mind when determining whether a Ductless Mini-Split HVAC System meets your needs.
The Size of Your Space
The first consideration is size: spaces that are larger than 1,000 square feet will be too much for this technology to handle. The space is too much and the rooms are too spread out to heat and cool efficiently.
If your project is the right size, the next consideration is adequate insulation. If the spaces is poorly insulated, the mini-split system will struggle to meet the comfort demands. This forces the system to run continuously, losing the energy efficiency of the system.
Matter of fact, overuse will increase energy usage and shorten the life cycle of the system, due to excess wear and tear.
Are you adding space?
If your project is an addition to existing space, a ductless Mini-Split HVAC System makes an excellent add-on choice to supplement an existing central HVAC system.
Instead of an expensive modification to run vents for supply and return air, the ductless system can heat and cool the new space with less work and for less money. The two systems will synchronize well and give you good results.
Perhaps your project is to “fix” problems spaces, such as the room that is farthest from the central air conditioning and remains a little too warm for comfort.
Sometimes spaces on the west or south side of the house get more sun and it is hard to keep that space comfortable. A ductless mini-split system can direct heating and cooling to the needed space at only the times it is needed.