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Mini-Split Heat Pumps

Ductless, mini-split-system heat pumps (mini splits) make good retrofit add-ons to houses with "non-ducted" heating systems, such as hydronic (hot water heat), radiant panels, and space heaters (wood, kerosene, propane). They can also be a good choice for room additions where extending or installing distribution ductwork is not feasible and very efficient new homes that require only a small space conditioning system.

Like standard air-source heat pumps, mini splits have two main components —¬†an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor air-handling unit. A conduit, which houses the power cable, refrigerant tubing, suction tubing, and a condensate drain, links the outdoor and indoor units.

The main advantages of mini splits are their small size and flexibility for zoning or heating and cooling individual rooms. Many models can have as many as four indoor air-handling units connected to one outdoor unit. The number depends on how much heating or cooling is required for the building or each zone. Each of the zones has its own thermostat, so you only need to condition occupied spaces, saving energy and money.

Benefits of Mini-Split Heat Pumps

Mini-split heat pumps offer a number of benefits for homeowners looking to efficiently heat and cool their homes. These systems provide zoned heating and cooling, allowing for personalized comfort in different areas of the home. With no ductwork required, mini-split heat pumps are a great option for older homes or room additions where traditional HVAC systems may not be feasible.

Some of the benefits of mini-split heat pumps include:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Zoned heating and cooling
  • Quiet operation
  • Easy installation
  • Improved indoor air quality

Our Greeley Furnace Company experts can assess your home and recommend the best mini-split heat pump options to meet your heating and cooling needs. Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of mini-split heat pumps for your home!

Commonly Asked Questions

What are the advantages of ductless, mini-split-system heat pumps?

Ductless, mini-split-system heat pumps are advantageous for retrofit add-ons to houses with non-ducted heating systems, room additions where extending or installing distribution ductwork is not feasible, and very efficient new homes that require only a small space conditioning system. They are also flexible for zoning or heating and cooling individual rooms, and many models can have multiple indoor air-handling units connected to one outdoor unit.

What are the main components of a mini-split system?

Mini splits have two main components — an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor air-handling unit. A conduit links the outdoor and indoor units, housing the power cable, refrigerant tubing, suction tubing, and a condensate drain.

How many indoor air-handling units can be connected to one outdoor unit in mini splits?

Many models can have as many as four indoor air-handling units connected to one outdoor unit, depending on how much heating or cooling is required for the building or each zone. Each zone has its own thermostat, allowing for energy and cost savings by only conditioning occupied spaces.

When are mini splits a good choice for heating and cooling?

Mini splits are a good choice for houses with non-ducted heating systems, room additions where extending or installing distribution ductwork is not feasible, and very efficient new homes that require only a small space conditioning system. They are also suitable for zoning or heating and cooling individual rooms.

What are some examples of non-ducted heating systems where mini splits make good retrofit add-ons?

Mini splits make good retrofit add-ons to houses with non-ducted heating systems, such as hydronic (hot water heat), radiant panels, and space heaters (wood, kerosene, propane).

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Small But Mighty!

Ductless mini-split systems are easier to install than some other types of space conditioning systems. For example, the hook-up between the outdoor and indoor units generally requires only a three-inch hole through a wall for the conduit. Most manufacturers of this type of system can provide a variety of lengths of connecting conduits, and, if necessary, you can locate the outdoor unit as far away as 50 feet or more from the indoor evaporator. This makes it possible to cool rooms on the front side of a house, but locate the compressor in a more advantageous or inconspicuous place on the outside of the building.

Mini-splits have no ducts, so they avoid the energy losses associated with the ductwork of central forced air systems. Duct losses can account for more than 30% of energy consumption for space conditioning, especially if the ducts are in an unconditioned space such as an attic.

In comparison to other add-on systems, mini splits offer more interior design flexibility. The indoor air handlers can be suspended from a ceiling, mounted flush into a drop ceiling, or hung on a wall. Floor-standing models are also available. Most indoor units are about seven inches deep and have sleek high tech-looking jackets. Many also offer a remote control to make it easier to turn the system on and off when it's positioned high on a wall or suspended from a ceiling.

Split systems can help keep your home safer because there is only a small hole in the wall. Through-the-wall and window-mounted room air conditioners can provide easy access for intruders.

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