If you recently added rooms to your new home or if you are planning to upgrade the heating system in your home, San Jose heating experts recommend choosing a ductless mini-split system.
“Also known as mini splits, these heat pumps are ideal for retrofits as well as situations wherein adding ductwork is not feasible or is simply difficult.”
These heat pumps work just like normal air-source heat pumps and are comprised of two main components: an indoor unit for air-handling and an outdoor condenser or compressor. These two units are connected by a conduit which contains the system’s other components including the refrigerant and suction tubings, a power cable and a condensate drain.
But why should property owners consider investing in a Ductless Mini-split System?
These heat pumps offer a few advantages compared to other systems. For one, their relatively smaller size and flexibility allows you to create heating and cooling zones in your home. On average, you can create four zones or rooms in your home and connect these to an individual outdoor unit. Each zone has a thermostat. This means that you can save both energy and money because you can control which rooms are heated.
Ductless Mini-split Systems have also earned the reputation of being easy to install.
Compared to other heating systems, a ductless mini split system will only require a small hole through the wall in order to make way for the conduit. It is also possible to cool the rooms located in front of the house while the compressor or outdoor unit is placed in an inconspicuous area outside of the home.
The absence of ducts allows mini splits to help homeowners save on money and energy. In general, duct losses in systems that utilize ducts account for 30 percent of energy consumption for the heating of a home.
Mini splits can be configured in a number of ways which facilitate greater design flexibility. The indoor unit, can be mounted on ceilings or hung from walls. There are systems that have floor-standing indoor units. Most of the indoor components are small and have a sleek appearance so that these do not look unsightly no matter where you choose to place these.
Finally, because mini splits require the creation of just one small hole in the wall, the risk of intruders taking advantage of this to enter your home is eliminated.
But despite these advantages, mini splits also have a few disadvantages. Chief of these is the installation cost which is higher compared to that of other types of heaters. However, this higher installation cost can be offset by the savings gained from lower operating costs.
It is also crucial that the appropriate size for the indoor units is determined and used. Otherwise, using the incorrect size for the indoor units can lead to poor temperature control and waste of energy.
Finally, only a few professionals specialize in the installation of these heaters. This is why it is important to find reputable and experienced contractors in your area that can successfully install the system before deciding to invest in one.
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