It wasn’t until the 1950s that it became popular for American homeowners and builders to make central air conditioning considerations. As such, there are many houses constructed before that may not have sufficient HVAC accommodations. Even homes built in recent years may suffer from faulty ductwork or other duct issues. In these cases, ductless air conditioning systems, also known as mini-splits or multi-zone systems, can significantly improve the comfort of your home year-round.
Ductless HVAC systems are growing in popularity.
In recent years, ductless HVAC systems have surged in popularity. Its affordability is one of the biggest reasons for mini splits’ ongoing popularity. While costs will depend on the number of zones in your home and other regional variables, in general, ductless AC systems are more affordable to install, require less maintenance, and provide long-term savings on your utility bills.
Mini-splits are more efficient than central air systems.
Central air systems are only as efficient as the quality of the ductwork around them, while mini-splits systems are more straightforward. Central air systems can suffer from air leaks, heat gains, and pressure imbalances. Mini-splits are installed per zone and without ductwork, which significantly improves heating and cooling efficiency.
Ductless HVAC systems are whisper quiet.
Window units, central air conditioning, and other cooling systems, especially in older homes, may be louder than you realize. Ductless HVAC systems will blend peacefully with the white noise of your home and operate without calling a lot of attention to them. Most indoor mini splits are rated at 25 decibels, the same sound intensity as rustling leaves or a quiet fan.
Ductless systems will improve your indoor air quality.
Ductless AC systems have a filter that must be cleaned or replaced monthly to maintain the desired efficiency, but this practice also has great results for your indoor air quality. In ductless systems, your vents and ductwork must be vacuumed regularly to avoid the accumulation of pet dander, dust, and other allergens. Because mini-splits are ductless, the amount of allergens able to accumulate is significantly less.
You can regulate the temperature in specific areas of your home.
Older homes tend to have attics, which may be run hotter than is comfortable to enjoy. If you have areas of your home that run hotter than the rest, you can install a mini-split system for more control over the temperature. For this reason, mini-split systems can maximize your enjoyment of all spaces of your older home.