An often-overlooked variety with HVAC is the ductless mini-split, as it shares a lot of qualities with other more traditional systems. These are similar to central air systems in their shared indoor air-handling unit as well as an outdoor compressor/condenser. The conduit links the two parts of the system together and contains the refrigerant tubing, power cables, condensate drain and suction tubing. Ductless mini-splits are an increasingly popular choice amongst homeowners in the New England.
We have put together a short list of reasons why you want that consider switching to a ductless mini-split AC system:
Your Energy Bill is Too High
Ducted systems aren’t always the most efficient option, however a ductless mini-split, energy loss is generally less than with a ducted system, where losses can be up to 30%. On the contrast, the system does require more regular maintenance than the standard central air conditioning system. This mainly consists of a monthly filter change to maintain air quality. But when simplified down to a choice between a higher energy bill or a little more time on maintenance, most folks should be able to make up their minds.
Your Home or Business is Not Duct-Friendly
Some buildings are just not constructed in such a way that makes ductwork realistic. In some cases, especially in older buildings, installing ducts may even be impossible. For those older structures, mobile homes, and newly constructed home additions, a ductless mini-split solution is your best bet for maximum comfort. Additionally, ductless mini-split systems are very small-space friendly. They can be mounted in any number of ways, including flush-mounted on the ceiling, hung from the wall or even suspended from the ceiling. The sleek Mitsubishi Electric model, in particular, fits in subtly in any environment, and can be unobtrusively installed most anywhere that suits your needs.
You Need to Closely Control the Temperature in a Smaller Area
Ductless mini-split systems are at their strongest when used within a compact space. Depending on need, you may require multiple units to cover a greater area. Alternatively, you may elect to only cool certain high-traffic areas of the home. Ductless mini-split AC units offer a great deal of customization and control on the user-end, and can even be programmed to only turn on when the building is occupied, or on a schedule.
You Want a System That Runs Cleaner
You don’t need to be one of our expertly-trained HVAC techs to know: sometimes air ducts can get downright filthy. Air ducts are notorious for being one of the primary areas for a buildup of dust, dirt, pollen, and other contaminants which may be harmful to your health. Ducts require frequent cleaning to maintain interior air quality and ensure occupant safety. A ductless mini-split AC system denies these harmful materials an easy place to buildup and accumulate over time and also eliminates the need to frequent professional cleanings.
What Can You Do?
For starters, always take preventive measures like arranging for regular maintenance for your AC. If you happen to spot a problem like this, do not attempt to handle it yourself. Only certified professionals know enough about the system to safely repair it.
The team at TNC Mechanical Cooling & Heating, Inc. in Monson, MA., is ready to assist. Serving clients throughout Western MA, the family-owned company offers a wide range of HVAC services. Visit us online for more information or call (888) 284-3892 to schedule an appointment.