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Understanding the Truth Behind 3 Common Mini-Split Misconceptions

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A ductless mini-split is an innovative option for heating and cooling your home. Because of its unique design and efficient function, it is easy to see why so many homeowners are choosing to go ductless.
Even though it is becoming so popular, most people do not fully understand how the mini-split system heats and cools the home so successfully. With this guide and your contractor's help, you will learn the truth behind a few common misconceptions regarding the ductless mini-split system.
1. Too Expensive
One of the first misconceptions many people believe is that a ductless mini-split system is too expensive to install. While these systems do carry a high initial cost, they can be an excellent long-term investment.
To understand how this system is so valuable, you need to understand how it works. The system consists of an outdoor unit, which moves refrigerant through lines connected to an indoor unit. The indoor unit consists of multiple components that include an evaporator coil, blowers, and a few air handlers.
The air handlers are installed in various locations of the home, which allow the flow of conditioned air into designated zones. Each air handler is mounted to either the ceiling or the wall.
Because conditioned air is moved through lines from the outdoor unit to the indoor units, ductwork is not necessary. Considering large amounts of conditioned air is lost through ductwork, a ductless system can reduce air loss while conserving energy use when heating and cooling your home.
Each of the air handlers mounted on the ceiling or wall have their own temperature control, as well. This feature allows you to heat and cool different zones of your home at different intervals/temperatures, which reduces waste, helping you save money on heating and cooling costs even more.
A new ductless mini-split system may seem like a large initial expense, but the reduction in your heating and cooling costs will make it a worthwhile investment. On average, you can cut heating costs by half and cooling costs by 30 percent.
2. Suited for New Construction Homes Only
Another misconception many people have is that ductless systems are not suited for homes that are in the early stages of construction. Fortunately, this is not true since the system can be installed in homes that have a traditional heating and cooling system.
In many cases, the system can be installed without even removing the ductwork already installed in your home.
If you have built an addition, such as a sunroom or game room, or finished an unfinished space, such as an attic, bonus room, or room over the garage, the mini-split system is an ideal choice for heating and cooling these new spaces.
Consider adding a ductless mini-split system to your home if you want to stop heating and cooling unused areas of the home.
For example, heating and cooling guest rooms is not actually necessary all through the year. A mini-split system will help you conserve energy and save money by only heating and cooling when your guests arrive.
3. Difficult to Maintain
Since you may not be familiar with a ductless mini-split, maintenance on this innovative system may seem intimidating. A bit of anxiety is normal when you do not know how to use or maintain something new, but professionals are available to help. Thankfully, maintaining a ductless mini-split is similar to maintaining a traditional heating and cooling system.
Replacing the filters in each of your indoor air handlers is one of the most important parts of maintenance. These filters trap dirt and dust, preventing these allergens from affecting your air quality. If the filters are clogged, conditioned air will not be able to flow into your home efficiently.
Rinsing off the compressor in your outdoor unit a few times a year is also helpful since dirt, grass clippings, and other debris can build up, blocking airflow.
With proper maintenance, your mini-split system can heat and cool your home efficiently for an estimated 12 to 15 years or longer.
If you are interested in a ductless mini-split for your home, contact Precision Heating & Cooling, Inc.