Are Mini Splits a Good Idea?
You’ve heard so many things about ductless mini splits, and your neighbor recently got one installed and hasn’t stopped raving about it.
That said, for as long as you’ve owned a house, you’ve always used traditional HVAC systems such as a heater or furnace or a central air conditioner (or maybe even window units). A ductless mini split would be a big change, and you’re reluctant to make the jump.
Are mini splits really a good idea?
They most certainly are, so let’s talk about the benefits of ductless mini splits now.
Everyone is all too aware of their carbon footprint these days. You try to reduce your carbon footprint whenever you can by recycling and not wasting water, but there’s more you could be doing.
Your HVAC units are sucking up so much more energy than you realize. By upgrading to a ductless mini split system, you’re making an eco-friendly decision you can feel good about for a long time to come!
Lower Utility Bills
If your new heating and cooling system no longer uses up quite as much energy day after day, week after week, and month after month, do you know what else will happen?
That’s right, your astronomically high energy bills will finally come down.
This isn’t only a one-time savings you’ll realize, either. You’ll see that over the years, the amount of money you pocket is enough to have paid for your mini split several times over.
We have a handy energy savings calculator that can clue you in on how much cash you’ll save by making the switch to a ductless mini split system.
Heating and Cooling Only Where You Need It
Central air blows cool air out, which is released through your return vents. It’s the same story when running your furnace or heater.
If you have parts of your home that are already cold because they’re well insulated or drafty, then you don’t need cold air. That's also true for heat blowing out onto your sun porch. It’s unnecessary and a waste of energy and air.
Ductless mini splits are divided into zones. Each zone gets its own air-handling unit installed that provides heating and cooling only to that zone.
This way, if you have only certain parts of your home with heating or cooling needs, or if your home has special areas that need more heating or cooling than usual, you can ensure you get exactly what you need.
How does controlling the temperature down to the degree sound? Each air-handling unit includes a remote control for increasing or decreasing the temperature.
That means that your always-warm upstairs can be a comfy 70 degrees Fahrenheit while downstairs can be 73 degrees. That kind of customized heating and cooling is never achievable with traditional HVAC air conditioners and heaters.
Ductless mini split systems are also scalable. If you extend your home or commercial building, you can get an extra air-handling unit added to keep the new wing comfortable.