What is Ductless or Mini-Split Heating and Cooling System?

Ductless air conditioner

Imagine you wanted to add-on to your house with an expanded master bedroom or new living room. Adding additional air ducts and demands to your existing forced-air system, might not be possible. For a situation like this, adding a mini-split or ductless heating and cooling system could be the perfect solution. 

"The main advantages of mini splits are their small size and flexibility for zoning or heating and cooling individual rooms." energy.com

Retrofits and expansions are where these ductless systems are the most common in the United States. However, while still relatively uncommon, some new construction and total home remodel projects are opting to use the ductless systems. 

Ductless systems provide the ability to have separate heating and cooling zones for increased flexibility and potential energy savings. Another common reason that customers consider this type of system is to help maintain great indoor air quality. 

While ductless systems are a great option to consider, they do have a few issues drawbacks that you may want to consider. Many homeowners think having heating and cooling appliances visible inside the house unsightly. Beyond the visual clutter, fewer Americans are familiar with ductless mini-split systems, and this may impact the future sale of your home, or at the very least you and your realtor might have to help explain the benefits to potential buyers. 

While still a relatively small part of the American HVAC market, mini-split ductless systems continue to improve and are another great option to consider when selecting the comfort and care of your home. If you have any questions about these or any other heating and cooling system, let us be your local resource for help and information.