Ductless AC & Heating
If your home is not equipped with central air, a ductless mini-split system might be the perfect solution. These systems don’t require any ductwork; instead, they provide zoned heating and cooling for different areas of your home. Ductless mini-splits are also a great option for homes that need some extra heating or cooling power in certain rooms or for room additions, workshops, studios or garages.
The main advantages of mini-splits are their small size and flexibility for zoning and cooling individual rooms. Ductless mini-split systems are also often easier to install than other types of air conditioning systems. Since mini-splits have no ducts, they avoid the energy losses associated with ductwork of central forced air systems. Duct losses can account for more than 30% of energy consumption for air conditioning, especially if the ducts are in an unconditioned space such as an attic.
Compared with other add-on systems, mini-splits offer more flexibility in interior design options. The indoor air handlers can be suspended from a ceiling, mounted flush into a drop ceiling, or hung on a wall. Floor-standing models are also available. Most indoor units have profiles of about seven inches (~18 cm) deep and usually come with sleek, high-tech-looking jackets. Many also offer a remote control to make it easier to turn the system on and off when it’s positioned high on a wall or suspended from a ceiling.