Ductless mini-splits are heating and cooling systems that provide temperature control for rooms or spaces in your home. Ductless systems can provide heating and cooling to your entire home, or serve as a comfort solution for an area, such as a sunroom or office, that is not as comfortable as other areas in your home.
Ductless mini-split systems work a little differently than your typical HVAC system. Ductless systems consist of a compressor installed outside your home and separate wall units that are installed inside of your home. Each indoor unit creates a “zone” that heats or cools independently from the rest of the units. With the capability of setting different temperatures in each room, everyone can be comfortable – not to mention enjoy the savings on energy bills by limiting heating or cooling to rooms that aren’t being used.
Ductless mini-split systems do not require ducts to distribute air, which makes them the perfect solution for home additions, renovations, older homes without air conditioning, sunrooms, enclosed porches, attics, basements, garages, and any space where adding ductwork would be too costly or difficult.
Whether you are looking to add mini-split heat pumps to your whole home or new construction, or are retrofitting to an older home with no ductwork, there are many benefits you can enjoy by going ductless!
Ductless mini-split systems offer efficiency and comfort in a way that standard HVAC systems often lack. Mini-splits provide the ability to zone your home, which means that you only heat or cool the rooms that you are using. This alleviates a lot of wasted energy to heat or cool the entire home at one time.
The ductless mini-split system consists of an outdoor compressor called an “inverter” and a set of indoor units that can be installed throughout the interior of your home (usually 3-4 indoor units per outdoor inverter). Each indoor unit comes with a remote that acts as a thermostat. You can set the temperature for each indoor inverter individually, to create your different “zones.” This means that you can set the temperature in one part of your home at 65 degrees, and another part of your home at 75 degrees. With this system, everyone in your home can set the temperature for their comfort level, without having to change the temperature of the entire house.
Ductless mini-split systems are a type of heat pump that requires little to no ductwork. There are two major cost savings opportunities for ductless-mini split systems vs. your typical central air system.
1. Installing new ductwork or adding on to existing ductwork is very costly.
Not only is it costly to install new ducts, but you may also have to upgrade your existing HVAC system to compensate for the additional heating and cooling space now required by the unit.
2. High energy loss associated with the ductwork of central forced air systems.
Ductwork accounts for more than 30% of energy consumption for space conditioning – and it is even higher for uninsulated spaces in attics or basements.
With a mini-split system, there is little to no ductwork needed – eliminating the installation and construction costs of new ductwork. Ductwork also is a source of energy loss, by eliminating ductwork with a mini-split, your home will operate more efficiently – saving you on your energy bills!
We are enthusiastic professionals, who love to help our customers make smart-home investments. Let our highly-trained energy consultants walk you through the option of adding a ductless mini-split system to your home. If a ductless system isn’t right for you, we’ll walk you through HVAC alternatives to help make your home more comfortable. We are a family owned company, currently headed by the fourth generation, and locally operated in Southern Maryland. We’ve had the pleasure of serving Maryland since 1926, with top-rated customer service. We look forward to serving many more generations to come and hope to have you as part of the SMO Energy family.
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