What You Need to Know About Ductless Mini-Split Systems

October 20, 2020

When it comes to keeping your Seattle home comfortable, you have many options. Options like ceiling fans, space heaters, and complex multi-zone HVAC systems are available to keep your home at a desirable temperature at all times. If you’re looking for an easy-to-use option that provides a lot of flexibility, then a ductless mini-split system from Brennan Heating & Air Conditioning makes a great option. To better understand if this type of system is right for you, here is some in-depth information about these units.

What Sets a Ductless Mini-Split System Apart?

As the name suggests, the biggest difference between a ductless mini-split system from Brennan Heating & Air Conditioning and a regular system is that a ductless mini-split system doesn’t use ducts to deliver the conditioned air where it’s needed. To further explain, a traditional HVAC system uses a system of metal or plastic ducts to move conditioned air from the main HVAC unit to the various rooms in your home.

Thus, a single system provides all of the heating and cooling capacity and distributes that capacity where it’s needed. In contrast, a ductless mini-split system is designed to cool a single room in your home, meaning that it doesn’t need ducts to distribute its heated and cooled air elsewhere.

What Are the Components of a Ductless Mini-Split System?

Although the approach to heating and cooling rooms varies from a traditional HVAC system, the way in which a mini-split system creates conditioned air is fairly similar to that of any other HVAC system. That’s where the “mini-split” portion of the “ductless mini-split system” name comes into play.

A typical mini-split system consists of two units: an indoor unit and an outdoor unit. The indoor unit contains a fan to move air and a heating element to heat the air during the winter. The outside unit serves as the compressor to expel heat from the refrigerant so that the unit can cool your home in the summer. This two-unit approach is similar to the way that a typical HVAC system heats and cools your home, just on a smaller scale.

The only other component of a mini-split system from Brennan Heating & Air Conditioning is typically a remote control to allow you to easily change the temperature of the room where the unit is located.

What Are the Benefits of a Ductless Mini-Split System?

The biggest benefit of using a ductless mini-split system is increased energy efficiency. As you can imagine, smaller indoor and outdoor units require less electricity to operate than their larger whole-home counterparts. This allows you to keep your home comfortable while using less electricity to get the job done.

Another benefit of a mini-split system from Brennan Heating & Air Conditioning is that you don’t have to install any ductwork to add heating and cooling capacity to your home. Thus, if you need to increase your home’s heating and cooling capacity quickly, a ductless system provides the best option, since you don’t have to take the time to add ductwork to complete the project.

This approach is also desirable if you have certain architectural elements that you want to preserve. If you have a historic home, for example, a ductless system can make a great, targeted option so that you don’t have to pry into the historic framework just to add ductwork for a central HVAC system.

A third benefit of ductless systems is that they tend to provide more effective heating and cooling for the rooms where they’re located. This is because the conditioned air is being sent directly to the room instead of traveling through ducts before it reaches its final destination. This means that the air retains its temperature more effectively, allowing you to utilize shorter heating and cooling cycles.

Can I Add a Ductless System Alongside a Conventional System?

Even if you already have a traditional HVAC system in your home, you can still benefit from installing a ductless system alongside it. Given the efficient heating and cooling properties of a central HVAC system, you may not see much need to add a ductless system from Brennan Heating & Air Conditioning. However, there are specific cases where this two-pronged approach makes a lot of sense.

For example, if you have a bedroom that stays consistently hotter or colder than the rest of your home, adding a ductless system to this room can help you maintain optimal comfort without excessively running your central HVAC system throughout the rest of your home. In fact, you may want to add ductless systems to each occupied bedroom in your home so that you can entirely turn off your central HVAC system at night, thus saving energy.

You can also install ductless systems in workshops or garages where a central system wouldn’t be practical. This ensures that you can always enjoy a comfortable environment, no matter where you are on your property.

How Do I Choose a Ductless System?

If a ductless system sounds like it might be right for you, then you’re probably wondering how you can choose the best system for your home. The good news is that there are plenty of different options available so that you can tailor your system from Brennan Heating & Air Conditioning to your specific needs.

One option you can choose from is the control interface. Some systems have programmable settings that allow you to choose when your system turns off and on, just like with a programmable thermostat on a central HVAC system. Other systems have a more simple interface that’s good for spaces that aren’t used as often.

Size is another important consideration when choosing a ductless system. Depending on the size of the room that you want to heat and cool, you can choose a larger or smaller ductless system to deliver the necessary heating and cooling capacity. If you’re unsure about which system is right for you, an expert from Brennan Heating & Air Conditioning is always happy to assist you.

We Keep You Comfortable With Innovative Solutions

At Brennan Heating & Air Conditioning, we believe that providing our customers with the latest HVAC equipment is the best way to keep them comfortable for less money. That’s why we’re proud to offer a variety of unique heating and cooling solutions, such as ductless systems, that help meet specific home comfort needs.

Of course, we can also install, repair, and maintain more traditional home comfort solutions, such as central air conditioners and furnaces. What’s more, we can help those systems operate at their best with our professional duct cleaning services.

If you have other home repair and maintenance needs, we can take care of those, as well. We offer water heater installation, electrical services, and air purifier installation and maintenance services. Once we build a relationship with our customers, we want them to be able to turn to us for as many needs as possible.

For more than 30 years, the employees of Brennan Heating & Air Conditioning have been doing their best to help make this community more comfortable. This has resulted in a long-running Angie’s List Super Service Award, an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and countless five-star customer reviews.

In addition, we are proud of our community involvement, helping to provide meals for countless community citizens through our partnership with Northwest Harvest. If you want to take advantage of our top-notch service, feel free to contact us at Brennan Heating & Air Conditioning in Seattle today.

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