Do you have a mini-split heat pump in your home? Are you buying a property with one of these installed? Are you hoping to install this type of pump in the near future? Thanks to a variety of high-level benefits, mini-split heat pumps are extremely popular. However, before you can take advantage, you’ll want to understand the finer details.
A ductless mini-split heat pump is the perfect addition to a home with a non-ducted heating system, such as radiators. It’s also a good choice if you expand the footprint of your home, such as by building an addition or finishing an attic or basement space. Just the same as a traditional heat pump, a mini-split system has two primary components:[i]
- Outdoor compressor
- Indoor unit (where the hot air comes from)
With these in place, the only other parts are a condensate drain, suction tubing, refrigerant tubing, and a power cable.
The Benefits of a Mini-Split Heat Pump
There is no shortage of reasons to consider a mini-split heat pump. Some of the top benefits include:
Small size: For heating and cooling a small portion of your home, such as one room, you don’t need a big unit. A mini-split heat pump fits this mold perfectly. Furthermore, it’s small size is less intrusive, both indoors and out.
Ability to install multiple air-handling units: Generally speaking, you can have four indoor units for every one outdoor unit. This allows you to add up to four individual zones in your home.
Simple to install: For a professional, a mini-split system is much easier to install than other types. No ductwork is required, meaning that you don’t have to tear apart the interior of your home.
Energy efficient: With a traditional ducted system, you can expect to lose air on its way to your rooms, such as through leaks in the ductwork. But with a non-ducted mini-split, this isn’t a concern. Therefore, your unit is more energy efficient, thus saving you money.
Design flexibility: You can install the outdoor and indoor units in almost any area imaginable. For example, indoor air handlers can mount to a wall or ceiling.
Are There Any Drawbacks?
The number one drawback of a mini-split heat pump is the cost to install. However, with the aid of lower operating costs, you’ll eventually make back your money. Not to mention the fact that you don’t have to repair any damage to the inside of your home, which is typically the case when installing ductwork.
Another potential concern is choosing the right size for each indoor unit. Fortunately, when you hire a professional, this isn’t a concern. They’ll know exactly what each room needs. If you’re seeking an efficient way to heat your home, a mini-split heat pump could be the answer. These systems are flexible, energy efficient, and convenient to operate. If you’re ready to learn more, contact us for additional information on how to best proceed.