October 04, 2011
A Ductless Mini-Split…what is it?
A type of system that more and more people are installing is a ductless mini-split. What is the difference between a ductless mini-split and a central air split system?
In a regular split system, you will have four components. They are a furnace, air conditioning coil, air conditioning condenser and ductwork. The system may be a gas system or an all-electric system called a heat pump.
The biggest difference with the mini-splits is that they are ductless. They are also highly efficient heat pumps…some of them getting 22 seers or more.
In a regular split system, the ductwork delivers the air to each of your rooms, yet the equipment is in a central location.
With a ductless mini split, each room has an air handler and a thermostat. As you can imagine this gives you some added efficiency because you only have to heat or cool the room you are in. Some models have as many as four indoor air handling units all operating off of one condenser.
Ductless mini-splits can be easier to install because you don’t have to bother with the ductwork.
One additional advantage is that the ductless mini-split does not fall under the new Title 24 rules that require you to test your system and minimize your duct leakage whenever you make any changes to the system.
This testing is called HERS Rating
Many people ask, "what is the best system to install?" The truth is most mini-split manufacturers deliver on their specs. What is the number one concern is the “experience level of the people who install it.”
Our install crews are well versed in the correct way to install mini-splits. If you are considering this…please give us a call for a free quote.