Everything You Need to Know About the Ductless Mini-Split

Everything You Need to Know About the Ductless Mini-Split

Homeowners everywhere are discovering the comfort, ease, efficiency, and simplicity of the ductless mini-split heat pump. Here’s how this high-tech heating and cooling system can revolutionize indoor comfort in your Long Island home:

Eliminates the Need for Inefficient Ducts

Energy Star tells us that up to 30 percent of conditioned air is lost through ductwork leaks. That air is lost before it ever reaches the rooms it’s meant to heat or cool. Your furnace or AC must make up for the losses, and that increases energy consumption. Ducts need to be periodically cleaned and sealed to ensure efficiency.

In contrast, a ductless mini-split system delivers warm or cool air directly from the source. That means improved comfort and lower operating costs.

Allows for Zoned Temperature Control

Have you ever wondered why you have to heat or cool the whole house just to feel comfortable in one room? Zoning puts an end to that. Mini-splits consist of an outdoor unit and one or more indoor units. Each indoor unit operates independently so that each zone can be maintained at a different temperature. In other words, no more thermostat wars. You can heat and cool only the rooms you use, which can save you up to 30 percent on heating and cooling costs.

Increases Energy Efficiency

Many ductless mini-splits are equipped with state-of-the-art inverter technology. This technology allows the compressor in the outdoor unit to continually adjust its heating or cooling output to precisely match what’s needed in any given zone at any given time.

Variable speed systems ramp up to speed and switch to longer and slower running times to maintain the desired temperature. That uses considerably less energy than old-school units that power up and run at maximum capacity until the thermostat setting is reached. Not only does a variable speed ductless mini-split cut energy usage, but it also reduces wear and tear on the compressor.

Doubles as a Heating System

During the cold months, ductless systems extract heat from outdoor air and move it inside to warm your home. Because the heat in outdoor air is free, your heating costs will be much lower than that of a fuel-powered furnace. Standard mini-split heat pumps can keep your home warm as long as the temperature stays above 30°F.

Some Long Island homeowners augment their heat pumps with a furnace. The heat pump keeps you warm until the temperature drops below 30°F. Then, the furnace takes over.

You can go totally ductless with a variable speed cold-climate heat pump. It eliminates the need for a furnace and the expensive fuel that goes with it. Inverter-driven mini-splits can handle extended periods of freezing temperatures and provide indoor comfort when it’s as cold as -15°F.

Improves Indoor Air Quality

The longer indoor air circulates, the more frequently it passes through the system’s air filter. The more it passes through the filter, the more contaminants are removed. Clean, healthy air is essential for everyone, but those with respiratory conditions or disadvantaged immune systems will benefit the most.

Ductless mini-splits also keep humidity levels in check. Because ductless systems have longer and slower running times, you’ll have greater indoor air circulation. Increased air circulation reduces humidity and relieves the burden on your air conditioner to dehumidify indoor air.

Bottom line: Learn more about the benefits of a ductless mini-split. Schedule a free consultation with Universe Home Services today. Our fully qualified and experienced team can complete a mini-split installation in under one day. To schedule your appointment, call (516) 473-0202.

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