Ductless mini splits offer some of the most energy-efficient heating and cooling available to homeowners simply by virtue of their design and engineering. If you have a space in your home that’s new or retrofitted, and extending your existing HVAC system to that space is proving difficult, a ductless system is one of your best solutions.
Ductless systems operate just like central systems without the ductwork, which increases their energy efficiency because there are no thermal or air losses through ductwork. The conditioned air is delivered directly to the room from an air handler, and ductless systems use an outdoor condenser as part of the cooling and heating process.
Larger mini splits can support up to four air handlers, making it possible to keep an entire home comfortable. All air handlers with ductless systems have their own thermostat, so when you’re not using a space, you can turn the temperature down and save even more energy.
A ductless heat pump has a reversing valve that allows it to heat as well as cool. In the summer, the refrigerant transports the heat it collects to the outdoor condenser, and in the winter, the pump collects the heat available in the outside air and brings it inside.
Improving Heating Capabilities
When selecting a ductless heat pump, choose one that exceeds the minimum HSPF (heating season performance factor) rating of 8.2. Specific features to look for include a scroll compressor or an inverter, either of which increase energy efficiency and capacity to produce heat at lower outdoor temperatures and maintain even comfort levels.
The placement of the air handlers in your home enables the system to heat more comfortably. Since heat rises, it’s important to place the air handler on the floor or lower on a wall rather than hanging it from the ceiling. The condenser should be as close to the air handlers as possible and kept free of precipitation accumulation.
If you’d like more information about using a ductless mini split in your home for comfort and energy savings, contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, proudly serving Monmouth County homeowners.
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