Is a Ductless Mini-Split Right for Me?

Ductless mini-split heat pumps, also known as “mini splits” or “zoned HVAC system,” is a type of heating and cooling system that doesn't need any ducts to regulate the air.

Summer in Rhode Island is one of the best times of year! Beach days, concerts, outdoor markets and great food help to provide quintessential summer memories. After a long day out in the heat and humidity, you want to be cool and comfortable in your home. If you don’t have a central heating and cooling system in place, or if you have added on to your home, then a ductless mini-split could be a good choice for you.   

What is a ductless mini-split? 

Ductless mini-split heat pumps, also known as “mini splits” or “zoned HVAC system,” is a type of heating and cooling system that doesn’t need any ducts to regulate the air. For this reason, ductless units can be a good option for home renovations or add-ons that don’t have existing ductwork.

 Advantages of a Mini-Split System

  • They are small in size and flexible for heating and cooling individual rooms.
  • Precision comfort control: Units can be zoned (some models can have as many as four indoor air handling units, connected to one outdoor unit.) Each zone has its own thermostat, so you only need to heat or cool that space when it is occupied, saving energy and money.
  • Mini-split systems tend to be easier to install than a traditional central HVAC system. The hook up between the outdoor and indoor units just require about a three-inch hole through the wall for the conduit. It is important to note however, proper sizing is very important and should be done by factory-trained HVAC technician
  • Environmentally friendly: Since mini-split systems have no duct work, they avoid the energy loss associated with forced air systems. There are often rebate incentives when you invest in an energy-efficient system as well. 
  • Ductless systems are quiet. Without the “whooshing” sound of air traveling through the ductwork and registers, mini-splits are often described as being “whisper quiet.” 
  • Compared with other “add-on” systems, mini-splits offer more flexibility in interior design options. Indoor units can be hung on a wall, mounted flush into a drop ceiling or be suspended from a ceiling.
  • Since these systems only require a small hole in the wall, they offer higher security, where window mounted room units can create an easy entrance for intruders.

We usually recommend a ductless mini-split for condos, older or smaller homes or specific areas in your home like an addition or finished basement. In the right space, a ductless mini-split allows you to enjoy precise comfort, save money and decrease your carbon footprint.

Give us a call at 781-224-2400 to discuss your options. 

And, if your question isn’t answered here, contact the National Refrigeration team and we’ll find your solution.

Whether you need 24-7 emergency service or advice on improving your everyday air quality and comfort—at home and at work—call us at 401-737-2000 or email us.