Choosing the right type of cooling system is perhaps one of the most important things you can do for your home, and there is no shortage of options. The ductless mini-split system is one of the most modern options. These systems are created with efficiency and flexibility, so they make a good fit in a lot of residential home settings.
Before you settle on one of these units for your home, get properly introduced to them beforehand so you know what to expect. JW’s HVAC experts will offer a great deal of insight into your new system. Here are a few things to know about ductless mini-split systems to get you started.
DUCTLESS MINI-SPLIT SYSTEMS ARE HIGHLY EFFICIENT
The ductless mini-split system obviously does not require ducts to distribute treated air into your home. As much as 25 percent of the energy used in a traditional system is lost to the ductwork, according to HGTV. Many of the homes in the Los Angeles area were built before ductwork was considered, so this is a very attractive option for those homeowners. The elimination of ducts immediately garners you a substantial level of energy savings, but the mini-split is also specifically designed to be more efficient as well.
One example of how a mini-split is designed to be more efficient is that they have what is referred to as “inverter-driven” compressors. Invertor-driven compressors adjust the tempo according to the demands of the system, so the compressor doesn’t shut completely down. Since the compressor startup pulls a lot of energy, the lack of shutdown actually prevents unnecessary energy use.
A DUCTLESS MINI-SPLIT WITH A HEAT PUMP CAN HEAT AND COOL
The majority of mini-split units available for air conditioning can be outfitted with small heat pumps as an option, which means they can provide both heating and cooling for the home in one compact unit. The outdoor condenser unit utilizes refrigerant to cool the warm air coming from the home and then return it. The heat pump harnesses warm energy from the ground or air and funnels it indoors.
For homeowners that only need one function or the other (heating or cooling), their mini-split system will usually be a less-expensive investment. Call JW Plumbing, Heating and Air today for a free price quote on a mini-split system configured specifically for your home and needs. If the system is outfitted with a heat pump, you may spend a little more for the unit and the costs associated with installing the unit but this is generally not necessary for homeowners within Los Angeles.
DUCTLESS MINI-SPLITS OFFER BUILT-IN ZONING
Controlling the temperature of individual rooms or sections of the home is ideal for comfort and efficiency, and this is something that mini-splits can provide. It is not uncommon to find a mini-split that has one main outdoor unit connected to four interior units that allow control of four different sections of the home. Such a feature is beneficial to you as a homeowner because:
- Room temperature can be adjusted for the atmosphere (For example, an upper-story space may need more cool air)
- Spaces not in use do not have to be heated or cooled
- Individuals can adjust the temperature according to their comfort preferences
The design of the mini-split naturally makes zoning possible with your heating and cooling efforts. With a traditional unit, zoning is a complicated process that involves the installation of several upgrades.
Ductless mini-split installation is going to change a lot about how you think of keeping your home at a comfortable temperature, and it may change how much you spend doing it.
If you are ready to have one of these systems installed in your home, reach out to us at JW Heating & Air so we can help you examine your heating and cooling options. We offer ductless mini-spit systems that might be a good fit for your home.
For more information about choosing the right air conditioner, call JW Heating & Air today at (888) 523-7445 to request an in-home estimate or speak with a skilled member of our team!