Ductless mini-splits are becoming more and more popular in Central Pennsylvania, and it’s easy to see why: They’re easy to install, very customizable, and do an excellent job keeping your home comfortable any time of year.
On top of all that, they cost less to run than traditional furnaces and central air conditioners.
This article outlines the four biggest benefits of ductless mini-splits for homes in and around York, PA. We’ll tell you what you get and how these systems make it happen.
Four Big Benefits of Ductless Mini-Splits
Ductless mini-splits offer many benefits conventional heating and cooling systems often don’t. These include:
- Eliminating Hot and Cold Spots
- Lowering Energy Bills
- Easy, Customizable Installation
- Whisper-Quiet Heating and Cooling
Let’s take a closer look at these.
Eliminating Hot and Cold Spots
One of the biggest complaints we get about traditional heating and cooling, especially in a larger house, is hot and cold spots — also known as uneven heating and cooling. A forced-air system gets the treated air from your basement or outside into every room. But, that’s about as far as it can go.
It takes a while for that treated air to spread out evenly — if it ever does. That’s when you get hot and cold spots in your house.
Homes with open floor plans or rooms with high vaulted ceilings often have it the worst. Without any walls, it’s difficult for the treated air to circulate through the entire space. And, heat tends to rise and collect above your head in rooms with high ceilings. In the dead of summer, you may even feel as if the heat is pushing down on you.
But, a mini-split makes a big difference.
The air handlers on a ductless system have sensors that detect those hot and cold spots in any room. That way, they can use the built-in fans to push the air in the spots that need it.
You get much better air circulation than a system that just pours the treated air into the room and hopes it gets to the right spots. Even one air handler can circulate the air for an entire open floor of your home. And, it evens out the problem you get when heat collects near a vaulted ceiling.
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Lowering Energy Bills Through Efficiency
Another advantage to that even heating and cooling? Paying less than you would for less efficient HVAC treatment.
A ductless mini-split requires way less energy to heat or cool your home than central air and a traditional oil burner or gas or electric furnace.
In fact, just about every ductless system on the market is Energy Star-certified: They meet federal guidelines showing they perform just as well or better than comparable models but use less energy. As a result, they cost less money to run.
There are a few reasons this works. The first is the superior air circulation we just discussed. The faster and more efficiently your system gets your home to the temperature you want, the less energy it takes to keep running.
Then, there’s inverter technology — the cruise control of HVAC.
Furnaces and central air cycle on and off a few times every hour. They keep course-correcting by changing the temperature when it drifts away from the call setting on your thermostat. That’s been the standard for decades. But it takes more energy to stop and start while changing the temperature, even by a degree or two, than to keep it steady.
Instead, your mini-split mostly runs in low-power mode. It uses a tiny bit of energy to keep the temp steady all the time.
Easy, Customizable Installation
Putting in a mini-split, whether it’s for one room or the entire house, is quick and easy. Depending on what kind of home you have, the installation process can be a game-changer.
Since these don’t require ductwork or other bulky components, we can place each component exactly where we need them. And, they won’t take up a lot of room in your home or outside.
The indoor and outdoor units connect using narrow, flexible lines. Usually, we can run them behind your walls where you don’t see them at all.
If you have an older home with no ductwork, it’s an amazing cost-saver. You don’t spend thousands more for us to design and install ducts. You also don’t worry about losing space in each room so we can fit it in. Even in homes with existing ducts, we can place each air handler exactly where you need it. There’s no retrofitting with existing vents and infrastructure. In most cases, the installs take just one day.
That’s especially useful when you’re only installing one or two air handlers to treat problem rooms, as opposed to a system for the whole-house.
Whisper-Quiet Heating and Cooling
Once your system is installed, you won’t hear a thing. The air handlers are literally whisper-quiet. Unless you are sitting directly under one in complete silence, you won’t hear a thing.
It’s a big difference from noticing when your central air or furnace roars to life a few times every hour. And, if you’ve been using window or through-the-wall air conditioners in the summer, the benefits get even better.
The biggest complaint we get about those smaller units — well, apart from the huge electric bills every summer — is how loud they are. Most times, you can’t watch TV or have a conversation when they’re running.
With ductless, you’ll get every room as comfortable as you’d like — and you’ll get it in perfect, peaceful silence.
Ductless Mini-Split Installations Near York, PA
If you’re looking for, quiet, efficient, and, above all, comfortable heating and cooling for your home, call Air Comfort today to learn more about ductless mini-splits. As a Mitsubishi Diamond Contractor, we’ve installed, repaired, and replaced these systems in homes throughout York, PA, Lancaster, Mechanicsburg, and other Central Pennsylvania towns and cities.
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