Do Mini Splits Need Plumbing?
You’re displeased with your current heating and cooling system. It’s old, inefficient, barely keeps the house at the right temperature, and you spend so much money on your utility bills every month.
However, the thought of adding ductwork gives you conniptions. What are your options?
If you want to heat and cool your home without installing any additional plumbing or ductwork, you need a ductless mini split system.
As the name suggests, a mini split system uses no ductwork whatsoever. The installation process is exceedingly simple, as a mini split system requires few components.
Outdoors, a compressor connects via copper wire to one or more indoor air-handling units. The compressor is a small unit, much more so than a central air conditioner, and goes on a concrete slab. The indoor units are smaller still, and you can get them installed in many places in a room, such as lower near the floor or higher by the ceiling.
The copper wire between the two units transfers coolant, which is part of what delivers the warm or cool air out of the indoor units. That’s really all there is to it!
If a ductless mini split system sounds more energy-efficient than ducted cooling and heating, that’s because it is, very much so.
You can lose a tremendous amount of air from a ducted system due to gaps and other small openings between the ducts. This reduces the amount of cool or warm air you feel, which causes you to crank up your heater or AC more.
The additional strain you put on the units can shorten their lives. Since the issue usually lies with the ducts and not the units themselves, even turning them up higher won’t make them much more efficient.
There’s also the issue with duct longevity. Even when installed correctly, ducts are designed to last for only 10 to 15 years. When the time comes to replace your ducts, you will spend a lot of money, between $2,000 and $6,000, says Fixr.
Those costs do not account for the traditional HVAC units themselves. New furnaces and air conditioners can easily run you up at least that much money per unit, if not more!
With a ductless mini split system, you won’t have to worry about recurring duct costs every decade or so. Mini splits last as long as traditional HVAC units–with an estimated lifespan of 10 to 20 years–especially if you care for them well.
Ready to Order Your Mini Split?
If you’ve decided a mini split is the right solution for your home or business, contact us today at PowerSave AC. We offer an assortment of ductless mini split systems, including single-zone, two-zone, three-zone, and multi-zone heating and cooling solutions.
Our handy accessories will make using your mini split more efficient. We offer PVC slim line sets, outdoor installation brackets, Wi-Fi adapters, wiring, and more!