Ductless Mini Split Systems 101: A Homeowner’s Guide

On average, Nebraska sees summer temperatures between 78 and 85 degrees. And every once in a while, those numbers skyrocket into the low to mid-90s. Additionally, the region experiences high humidity-often 84 percent or higher depending on the day. Those high humidity levels only add to the scorching heat, making the outdoors feel more than unbearable.

As a homeowner in Nebraska, you welcome the cooling relief your HVAC system provides. But what if your home is too old and doesn’t have central air? Or, what if your air conditioning unit breaks down and you can’t experience this cool luxury during the hottest days of the summer?

You shouldn’t have to suffer through the wicked heat-and you don’t want to. But do you know what you can do to find respite?

If you think a new air conditioner is the only solution to this problem, you’d be partly correct. Yes, an air conditioner can keep you cool and comfortable through the throes of a summer heat wave, but there may be a better option.

Below, we talk about ductless mini split systems and how these units can be more effective at cooling your home than a traditional HVAC unit. We’ll also go into detail about ductless systems so you as a homeowner can decide if one is right for your home.

What Is a Ductless Mini Split System?

Simply put, a ductless mini split system is a new type of cooling and heating technology. The best part is that a mini split system doesn’t require air ducts to function-so if you own an older home that doesn’t have ducts, you can still enjoy the modern convenience of cool and warm air anytime you want.

As you probably guessed, you can use the cooling feature during the warmer months and the heating mode during the cold seasons.

A mini split consists of a slim-line condenser unit and an indoor air handling unit. This sleek design makes the units easy to install in individual rooms throughout your home.

Which Types of Systems Can I Choose From?

While all ductless mini split systems essentially work the same way, a few different kinds exist.
Depending on your family’s preferences and needs, you can install any of the following in your home.

Single-Zone Mini Split System

As the name indicates, a single-zone mini split system is perfect for individual rooms. You can also add one of these systems to a main room in your home to supplement your current air conditioner (if your current unit still works well).

Multi-Zone Mini Split System

These systems are perfect for small and medium-sized houses. With a multi-zone system, you can easily control the temperature of two or more zones in your home. However, this particular unit can’t independently control more than eight separate zones in a house.

Whole-House Mini Split System

This system is ideal if you own a larger house. Like a multi-zone system, a whole-house unit allows you to independently control the temperature of eight different rooms in your home. If you have additional rooms that need heating or cooling, you can use a single- or multi-zone unit to supplement the whole-house system.

What Benefits Do Ductless Systems Provide?

When you install a ductless mini split system in your home, you receive more benefits than just cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter.

As mentioned in the section above, ductless systems give you independent control over the temperature of individual zones, or rooms, in your home. This feature allows you to set a comfortable temperature in each room. If another family member prefers a cooler or warmer temperature than you do, he or she can adjust the mini split system accordingly.

Additionally, ductless systems are easy to install, so you won’t have to pay more money than necessary on installation costs. You’ll also save more money as you use this system. Because a mini split system uses newer technology to cool and heat air, it consumes less energy-in fact, it’s about 40 percent more energy efficient than a window unit.

And, because of its small size, a ductless system doesn’t take up too much space in each room, leaving you with more empty space to use at your discretion.

Another benefit you’ll reap from ductless systems is cleaner indoor air. According to the EPA, indoor air can be much lower in quality than outdoor air. When you use a ductless mini split system, you don’t rely on ducts to blow air throughout your home. And the less you use your ducts, the fewer toxins, dust particles, allergens, and pollutants you’ll find in the air.

When you’re ready to install a ductless mini-split system in your home, contact Getzschman
Heating. We’ll recommend a model that fits your needs, desires, and budget, and then install it quickly and seamlessly.

If you have additional questions about how to use or care for your mini split system, let us know. We’ll address any questions or concerns you have so you can enjoy your new cooling system to the fullest.