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What Makes a Ductless Mini Split Different from Your Other Options

ductless-living-roomYou’ve got several options for your home when there is no air duct system to move heat and air around the house. For heating, many locals have an electric or radiant heating system to emit heat throughout the house such as a furnace or boiler. And for cooling, you might choose a window air conditioner or room unit mounted into the wall.

However, this is not necessarily the best setup. If you’ve been looking into other options, it’s time to consider a ductless mini split system in New Lenox, IL. Call our technicians to find out if this is really the best choice for you.

How It Looks

A ductless mini split doesn’t really have the look and feel of most options for people without ducts. In fact, it most resembles the conventional air conditioner or heat pump, even though you won’t need to remodel your home.

There is an outside unit that looks a lot like the outside compressor and cabinet you would find outside of anyone’s home with a central air conditioner. Then, there is the indoor unit—as pictured above. You do not have to cut a huge gaping hole in the wall to insert this blower unit, like you would with a room air conditioner. Mounting hardware hangs it high on the wall, and only a minor hall in the wall feeds through cords and a refrigerant line.

How It Works

Ductless mini split systems work using refrigeration. Refrigeration does not necessarily mean the system creates cool air. Rather, it moves heat out of a space in order to cool something down. A blower fan in the indoor unit sucks in air, and refrigerant cycles through to remove heat. That heat travels to the outdoor unit where it releases so the indoor air can cool down.

Most ductless mini splits are also heat pumps—heating and cooling systems in one. That means that the refrigerant cycle can reverse. In other words, the outdoor unit can absorb heat and move it inside, cooling off the house.

When it is too cold outside—approaching freezing—you may need supplementary heating methods to keep the house warm. However, it can be highly efficient up to this point.

Why You May Go Ductless

Ductless mini splits offer many benefits to homeowners looking to stay comfortable without all the hassle.

  • No renovations – Many people crave the ease of whole-home comfort, but don’t want to spend time and money renovating a home for duct installation. Ductless systems mount to the wall, requiring little time investment. This is also perfect for new room additions.
  • No noise – Window air conditioners and room air conditioners are loud, to say the least. With an indoor blower unit, you only hear the fan. The rest stays outside.
  • Ease of use – You get a central thermostat so that you can easily control the temperature throughout the house. You can also limit controls to one system, to section off areas for zone controlled cooling and heating.
  • Efficiency – Portable and window air conditioners and electric heaters are inefficient. Ductless heat pumps (heating and cooling in one) are different. Moving heat is a highly efficient process. When you use a ductless unit in place of several smaller systems, you may notice a significant drop in your bills.

Contact Johansen & Anderson Inc for your next ductless mini split service. Call J&A today. Sleep tight tonight!

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