What about Ductless Mini-split Systems? – Part 1

Are you comfortable in your home? What about during the hottest days of summer? Or the coldest days of winter? Home comfort shouldn’t have to be a struggle. But for some, it always is. Especially for those who live in homes that were constructed many years ago such as when their own parents or grandparents were kids. Some refer to these homes as “multi-generational homes” because more than one generation of families have lived there over the years. In almost all cases of such houses, it was NOT designed and built with central heating and air conditioning. Adding a heating and cooling system after the fact is tricky. What can you do if you are in such a home and want to improve comfort and save money on energy costs? What about installing a ductless mini-split system? The team here at GAMA Air are going to give you some pointers and tips to know more about this options, which is growing in popularity. That way our friends and neighbors in the Beverly Hills, Culver City, Mar Vista, Miracle Mile, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Bel Air, Westwood, Downtown Los Angeles, Vernon, Huntington Park, Sherman Oaks, Encino area will be in a better position to make a decision about ductless mini-split ac and heaters.

At this point the hottest, stickiest days of summer are past us. How did you handle it in your household? You may have worked your thermostat like a joystick, turning it up and down as needed to push your home’s central AC system to keep you and your family cool and comfortable. But when the electric bill shows up in your mailbox or inbox, you may get a little flustered seeing how much money you spent pushing your cooling system to the limits. If you have areas in your home that just can’t get to a comfortable temperature, or you’ve added on and there are rooms without any good way to heat or cool them, then you should think about a ductless or mini-split heating and cooling system.

First of all, what is meant by a “ductless” or “mini-split” system? The two terms basically refer to the same think. A “ductless” system always has an outdoor unit, just as a traditional split system has an outdoor unit. The difference is that the indoor unit is placed directly in the space that needs to be heated and cooled. So instead of having one indoor unit that blows hot and cold air through ducts to heat and cool your house, the air is blown directly in the house without using ducts. And so the term is “ductless”.

Nowadays most manufacturers of ductless systems also have options of indoor units that may include a small amount of ductwork, such as one small indoor unit that blows the air to two or three vents in a large room. And some even design their outdoor units to connect to traditional style air handlers and fan coils either as retrofit options, or when the design situation calls for it. So in these cases, the term “ductless” is technically incorrect and thus the term “mini-split” cover these types of non-traditional split ac systems.

Why consider using a ductless or mini-split system? They have many advantages in energy savings. And that is what we will consider in the next part in this discussion of the pros and cons of installing a ductless mini-split air conditioner or heater. Come back for more helpful information!  

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