If your home’s heating and cooling system needs upgrading, you probably have a lot of questions. Is there a way to get around installing additional ductwork? What if I want to incorporate zoning to my home? Are there more flexible options? If you’re struggling with any of these questions, a mini-split system may be a good solution for your home.
Mini-splits can offer more flexibility than traditional systems. Because they don’t require ductwork, they are usually easier to install. All you’ll need is an interior unit on an exterior wall and an outdoor condensing unit. For extra flexibility, one outdoor unit can support up to five indoor units, depending upon the specific model. That means you can make different comfort zones in your home. Mini-splits are a wonderful solution when installing new ductwork just doesn’t make sense all while giving you the chance to create a heating and cooling system customized to your home.
Mini-splits also provide advantages for your home’s energy efficiency and security. According to Energy.gov, more than 30 percent of the energy you use heating and cooling your home comes from the temperature lost through your ducts. Because mini-split systems don’t require ducts, less energy escapes during heating and cooling than using traditional ducts. The flexibility they provide through zoning can also positively affect your energy costs. With more control over the temperature in your home, you won’t spend extra money heating or cooling areas that aren’t used. Mini-splits can also help protect your home. Traditional wall and window units can leave your home more vulnerable to break-ins or intruders. Mini-splits only require a three-inch hole through your wall to begin heating and cooling your home.
Several of the more common reasons that people think about mini-split systems is if there is a room that is usually warmer or colder than the rest of the house; there has been an addition to the home, or there are rooms that are typically unoccupied.
If you’d like to discuss whether a mini-split system is right for your home, give Air-Right Energy Design, Inc. a call at 703-260-1148. We’d be happy to share more about how this system could improve your home.