Four Ways a Ductless Mini Split Makes Your Home More Comfortable
Furnaces and central air do a great job of keeping people warm in the winter and cool in the summer. But, they have their limitations. That’s why more and more people
in Upstate New York
— and across the country — are switching
to ductless mini split HVAC systems to make their homes much more comfortable.
Although these systems were invented in the U.S., they took off in Europe decades ago. Now, they’re becoming more popular here in America.
They get the nickname “mini split” because they have indoor and outdoor components. Each room you treat has an air handler that circulates the air. Then, there’s a heat pump outside that handles the heat and cooling. We connect these two with a line set that usually runs right through your walls like electrical wires. This way, there’s never a need to add ductwork or reconfigure any rooms to accommodate the system.
In this article, we’re focusing on how they make your home more comfortable. Specifically, we’re zeroing in on four big benefits. Meanwhile, if you have any questions along the way, call at (585) 641-3080 or email us at email@example.com.
Four Benefits of a Ductless Mini Split
Four benefits of using a ductless mini split for your home’s heating and cooling are:
Customizing Each Room
Lower Energy Bills
The first thing you’ll notice about your new system is how much more comfortable your home is.
Every inch of every room is warm and cozy in the winter. And, your entire home is finally as cool as you want it all summer. If your home has an open floor plan or high ceilings — especially in the bedrooms — you probably haven’t always gotten this level of comfort from your HVAC system.
That’s because traditional setups can’t always treat every nook and cranny of every room. And, with designs like these, you really notice that shortcoming. The advantage of ductless is how they design the air handlers.
First, they have built-in sensors that do more than get an overall idea of how warm or cold a room is. Those sensors also identify which parts of each room are at different temperatures.
Then, the handler uses individual fans to direct the heated or cooled air, exactly where you need it in the room. The fans also provide better circulation than forced-air systems. So, the air reaches everywhere — even in bigger rooms.
The next thing people notice … well, technically, it’s what they don’t notice: Sound
Aren’t you always very aware of when your furnace or air conditioner is running? Depending on how hard it’s working, or how old your system is, you may have to turn up the TV or talk louder when it’s running. Or, at the least, you notice the sudden, peaceful silence when it finally turns off.
With ductless, you’ll feel the effects of your heating and cooling system — but you won’t hear it. Despite how hard the system is working, they don’t make nearly as much noise as traditional furnaces or ACs.
Let’s look at the numbers: Your average air conditioner produces anywhere from 25 to up to 60 decibels of sound. And, remember, the way decibels work is that the loudness doubles every 10dB. And, furnaces aren’t far behind.
Ductless, on the other hand, is much quieter. At their peak, these systems produce just under 25 dB. That’s about the same as leaves rustling or someone whispering. As a result, most people never hear them at all, even when they’re working at full capacity. They only feel the treated air they provide.
Customizing Each Room
We hinted at this feature when we were talking about the sensors and fans. But, customizing
the heating or cooling goes even further than eliminating hot and cold spots in a room.
With ductless, you can also set the temperature for each room separate from the others. Or, finally, get a consistent, comfortable temperature across your entire home. If you’ve struggled especially with bedrooms or a third story that’s always hotter or colder than the rest of the house, this is the solution for you.
Along with those other features, each air handler has a built-in thermostat. That means each one takes its own measurements and works accordingly.
This is vastly different than the entire home relying on just one thermostat. That’s often the problem: You have one gauge controlling your entire home’s heating and cooling. And, it’s usually on the first floor. But, the upstairs rooms aren’t at the same temperature.
So, you’re never getting the right treatment for the entire home. With a mini split, however, each zone of your house has a separate thermostat. You can make some rooms warmer or colder by setting each one differently. Or, just set them all the same and feel no difference no matter what area you’re in at the time.
Lower Energy Bills
All these great benefits must come at a price, right? Well, apart from the cost of purchasing and installing a new HVAC system, not really
In fact, once you start using your new ductless
mini split, you’ll likely see a significant drop in your energy bills. These systems use much fewer resources than traditional air conditioners or gas, oil, or conventional electric heating systems. And, using fewer fossil fuels means paying much less each month to keep your home comfortable.
This happens partly because the system works so well: Those fans and sensors direct the treated air exactly where they’re needed. That way, the system doesn’t spend any extra energy where it’s not required.
But, then there’s the way it all works: Through a heat transfer process. There’s a good deal of science behind it. But, the short explanation is that the heat pump doesn’t generate heat like you do when burning oil or gas.
Instead, it just moves it from one place to the other. As a result, you only use a fraction of the energy you used to need — and you only pay for that smaller amount.
Ductless Mini Splits in Rochester, NY Homes
Is a ductless mini split right for your Rochester, NY home? How many air handlers would you need? Is it worth replacing your old system?
Unfortunately, we can’t answer all those questions here. They depend primarily on your home’s layout and your exact needs. But, we get you those answers easily, starting with a free consultation. Reach out to Airquip today at (585) 641-3080 to find out how to make your home more comfortable than ever before!