A ductless mini-split system is a type of heat pump that works without the need for a ventilation network. Their standard operation is similar to other heat pumps: circulating refrigerant through indoor and outdoor units to remove heat from one place and exhaust it in another. The difference is that ductless mini-splits use multiple indoor units, small air handlers, instead of a single indoor unit that hooks to ducts. The multiple air handlers send conditioned air into the rooms directly without the need for ducts.
For homes that already have ductwork, a ductless mini-split isn’t usually the best idea for new installation. But there are some situations where gong with ductless heating and cooling is a good choice. Here are three of them:
One: New home construction
If you are planning or in the process of building a new home, choosing a ductless air conditioning and heating system will give you much greater freedom in design. The lack of ductwork will also provide you with more space.
Two: Add-on rooms
When you decide to add a new room to your current home, such as an extra bedroom or a study, it can be a burden to extend out the current ductwork to serve the new room. In fact, your current air conditioner and heater may be the wrong size to handle the additional space. But you can have a ductless mini-split set up to serve the new room separate from the rest of the house—a fast and easy solution.
Three: People in your home suffer from asthma and allergies
In cases where asthma and allergy problems are a major issue for members of your household, a ductless mini split can significantly improve the situation. Ducts are spots where a large number of allergens and pollutants gather. With a ductless mini split, you remove this major reservoir of airborne contamination.
To find out if your home is right for the installation of a ductless mini split system, call on the professionals at JW Heating and Air in Los Angeles, CA today.