Small Space, Big Comfort: Ductless Mini-Split
As a heating and cooling contractor in Wisconsin we often say that heating is a necessity and air conditioning is a luxury. A traditional heating and cooling system is commonly referred to as a split system; a split system is a combination of an air conditioner or heat pump outside synced with a furnace or air handler inside your home. The traditional system does not always accommodate for spaces that ductwork is neither practical nor possible. Some common examples of these spaces would be homes with a new addition, a bonus room over the garage, a home with baseboard heat or homes built on a concrete slab. New technology has provided a solution to make heating and cooling available to everyone without the expensive costs of installing ductwork, this new technology is called a Ductless Mini-Split.
The Ductless Mini-Split system provides effective, and efficient heating and cooling to individual zoned areas. The way this system works is by extracting heat from inside your home and transferring it to the outside air during cooling season. The system will reverse its cycle in the heating season by collecting outdoor heat and transfers it inside the home. Ductless Mini-Splits use inverter technology, by heating and cooling in small increments. Each system can be customized by the number of indoor units installed. Systems can consist of just a single indoor unit to add heat/cooling to one room, or multiple indoor units to cover an entire house. Each indoor unit is its own heating/cooling zone and is controlled by an individual wall mounted thermostat or remote. Indoor units measure both the temperatures inside and outside and then adjust the motor speed accordingly. Precisely matching output to demand allows the unit to run at a high level of efficiency. Indoor units can be mounted on the wall as well as the ceiling or floor.
Installing a Ductless Mini-Split can be completed without any modifications to the house or individual room. The indoor and outdoor units are connected by one refrigerant line, which will only require one small hole on the outside of the house, and one hole inside the house behind each indoor unit. Because there is no ductwork the air that is transferred through this system is much cleaner than a forced air system. Another key feature that a Ductless system is well known for is their low level of noise; indoor units generate approximately 29 decibels of sound and the outdoor unit generates around 51 decibels of sound. To give you a better idea of how quiet these units are: a whisper is estimated to be around 20 decibels, and a light rain is around 30 decibels.
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