It’s not exactly Ali vs Frazier (young people may have to look it up), but there is a showdown of sorts between traditional forced air heating and cooling and what are known as ductless mini split systems. Central forced air systems are still the dominant choice, but Merts Heating & Air Conditioning wants to make sure you know there are advantages to choosing mini-splits for your Illinois or Northwest Indiana home.
A good example is a home with radiant heat. Mini splits are the perfect way to add air conditioning without having to install ductwork. They are also a great heating and cooling choice if you’ve added a bonus room or a sunroom not connected to your central system. Additionally, installation is easy because there’s no ductwork. Electrical and refrigerant lines connect the indoor air handlers with the outdoor compressor. This usually requires just a single three-inch hole through an outside wall.
Mini splits will almost always be more efficient than centralized heating & cooling units. It’s because the cooled or heated air is delivered directly to a specific area, there’s no waste like there often is from the ducts in a central system. Additionally, each air handler has its own thermostat which allows for easy zoning for custom temperature control.
Improved indoor air quality
The ducts in traditional HVAC systems are like a town hall meeting for dust, pollen, pet dander, rodent droppings and other allergens. The ductwork must be professionally cleaned on a regular basis. Even then, many particulates are left behind. Ductless mini splits, on the other hand, can drastically reduce the indoor pollution.
Reduced carbon footprint
We’ve already mentioned the increased energy efficiency, but in addition ductless heating and air conditioning systems meet ENERGY STAR guidelines. This means they exceed the minimum standards set by the U.S. government. The result for you and your household is a reduced carbon footprint.
Mini-splits systems use the same technology as the forced air heat pumps used to heat and cool millions of homes. Mini split heating and cooling units have been used for decades in many other countries, especially in Europe.
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