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Ductless Mini Split HVAC Systems For Maryland Residents

July 26, 2022

Ductless mini split HVAC units have been a growing trend in HVAC over the past several years, but they’ve actually been around for decades. They offer a great alternative for those who need flexibility in their air conditioning where traditional HVAC units don’t suffice.

We often get questions from Maryland residents about whether these types of units are right for them. If you’re seeking information on ductless mini split systems then you are in the right place. We will provide information below to help you understand whether the choice is right for you or not.

If you’re interested or you would discuss with an expert, then feel free to contact us and we would be happy to help. We provide installations and repairs of ductless mini split systems.

 

What are ductless mini split air conditioners and heat pumps?

Many have heard about ductless HVAC systems and wonder if it could solve some of the HVAC needs. But, to know for sure, one has to understand what they are buying. The first thing you have to understand is what these systems are and how they work.

Ductless mini split HVAC units are just what they sound like. 

Ductless – just like the name implies, ductwork is not required for these HVAC systems to run. Instead, each unit provides cooling or heating to the area they are installed.  

Mini - unlike traditional HVAC units, these are much smaller. Because each unit only has to provide heating or cooling for a smaller space it requires less power, meaning a smaller size.

Split - the system consists of two units “split” apart. One is outdoors, and the other is the indoor unit which provides comfort.

These systems were originally designed to provide “zone” heating and cooling, like an upgraded version of the window unit. Modern split systems have now become alternatives to traditional HVAC systems as they provide energy efficiency, larger capacities for cooling and flexibility where larger systems won’t work.

While it may not be practical for every home (especially for those who already have an HVAC system with installed ductwork), a ductless mini split system could be used to provide heating and/or cooling to an entire house.

 

Benefits of ductless air conditioners and heat pumps

Man sitting on the couch enjoying the benefits of a ductless mini split system while on his phone

Ductless split HVAC systems are quite a marvel and offer unique value for those who need it. To get a better idea of who could use these units, we want to show you the benefits they ofer. 

 

Flexibility in managing temperatures

Mini splits allow for zone heating or cooling. This means if you want the bedroom set at a specific temperature but not the whole house you can do that. Zone cooling and heating can save money by reducing energy consumption but can also help improve comfort in those problem areas without putting extra stress on the HVAC system.

 

Provides air in problem areas in the home

Some homes have rooms that never seem to cool down or heat up enough due to the restraints of the home’s ductwork. This is common for rooms that have been added on or transformed into living spaces. Split systems can provide comfort in those areas without affecting the rest of the home’s HVAC units and without having to add additional ductwork.

 

Efficiency

Ductless systems can offer better efficiency by bypassing the ductwork system. According to energy.gov, 30% of the system's energy consumption can be lost through the ductwork. It can also aid underperforming HVAC units which seem to run all the time. 

 

Provides the traditional benefits as any HVAC unit

Of course, ductless mini splits also provide the same benefits that one would find from a traditional central AC install. Mini splits can remove humidity and will provide a comfortable environment.

 

Downsides to Mini Split Systems

Ductless HVAC systems offer a great alternative to traditional heating and cooling systems but there are some downsides. These downsides are really a combination of functionality and aesthetics. 

 

Increased Cost

For starters, ductless HVAC systems can be more expensive than a traditional unit for the same capacity. If you were to choose ductless split systems for an entire home vs a traditional HVAC solution you would likely expect to pay 20-30% more for the equipment. This varies largely based on a homeowner’s needs.

 

Aesthetics

Though indoor units are designed to look nice and inconspicuous, some homeowners don’t like the idea of having an actual unit on the wall inside their home. However, because it doesn’t utilize ductwork there is no avoiding having the indoor units in every area in which you want to provide heating or cooling. 

 

Maintenance

All HVAC systems need regular maintenance to maintain optimal performance and to avoid any potential issues that could effect the system down the line. But, with a traditional HVAC system, this maintenance is not done often. However, it is recommended that the filter be cleaned every two weeks for split systems that are regularly used.

 

Is a ductless air conditioner or heat pump right for you?

Many residents in Maryland wonder if these units are available and a good idea for their living situation. The answer really depends on each individual resident and their heating and cooling needs. 

Here are some situations that lead people to consider split systems:

  • Residents who don’t have access to central air because they have limited space or are unable to put in a full HVAC system. 
  • Those who want to set the areas of their homes at different temperatures. 
  • You’ve added on an addition to your home or a garage and want to provide heating and air without adding on to the ductwork.

Ductless mini split air conditioners can be a great solution for Maryland residents as long as they have unique needs that require this type of system. If not, it’s best to go with a traditional HVAC system.

For further information or questions feel free to give us a call. We can help you understand if this is a good choice for your needs or not. 

 

Need help with ductless mini split installation or repair in Maryland?

Ductless mini split repair systems function similarly to traditional HVAC units but they are very different when it comes to installation. So, if you’re looking to have one installed or to have yours repaired, make sure you contact a HVAC specialist who has the knowledge and experience working with these types of units. 

Improper installation can lead to leaks and inadequate performance of the unit. This will leave the homeowner with an inefficient system, or worse, potential damages are done to the home and the unit itself. 

For the best support for a new installation or a repair job, make sure to contact a local HVAC contractor who is experienced with these types of systems.

 

 

 

 

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