Too Hot? Too Cold? What Is a Ductless Mini-Split and Why Might You Want One?
It’s 2022 and you don’t have to be too hot or too cold in your home. You should be comfortable in whatever room of your house you want to be in. HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) technology is all about indoor environmental comfort—the right temperatures at the right times and acceptable indoor air quality. There are a lot of options to improve the comfort in your home.
You might be surprised to learn how you could benefit from a ductless mini split, even if you already have a gas furnace and central air conditioning in your home. We’ll present a couple scenarios that might get you thinking about some possibilities that could improve the comfort in your home.
Ductless mini-splits are heating and cooling systems that allow you to control the temperatures in individual rooms or spaces (kind of like in motel rooms, but more advanced). They come in a variety of styles, but a mini-split is basically a rectangular heating and cooling unit that is mounted high on the wall. This indoor air-handling unit is hooked up to an outdoor compressor/condenser. Several mini-splits can be hooked up to one outdoor unit.
Do you heat the whole house even though you spend most of the day in one room?
You have a large house, but if you’re working in your home office all day, aren’t you heating (or cooling) your whole house just so you can be comfortable in the office? Imagine the energy you’d save by using a ductless mini-split that would just heat (or cool) your office area. In many other homes, a parent will spend much of the day in the kitchen and living room with a toddler or infant—how much money could you save by heating (or cooling) that main part of the house instead of the upstairs bedrooms and basement too?
Are you converting a single family home into two residential units for rental income?
Many people are either renovating the basement of their own home so they can rent it out or they’re buying single family homes and converting them into two rental units to double the potential rental income. One of the perpetual problems of converting a single family home into two residential units is the noise factor—how much you can hear the other residents. Even when soundproofing is applied to the ceilings (or walls), noise and sounds are broadcast through the ductwork of the house. But if you reconfigure the ducts and furnace for the larger part of the house and install ductless mini-splits for the other part of the house you’ll make this problem disappear. Plus you won’t have tenants arguing over what temperature to set the one thermostat at.
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