It is always a daunting endeavor, choosing a new HVAC system with which to heat or cool one’s home. Of course, if you are interested in using just one system to heat and cool your home for your year round comfort, then the options are narrowed down a bit. While heat pumps are great HVAC systems, some homeowners find the ductless mini split heat pump an even better match for their needs and personal preferences. We’ve put together some information to help you to determine if a ductless mini-split heat pump in Phoenix, AZ is right for you. If you decide that this type of system is a good fit for your needs and personal preferences, remember to schedule your ductless mini-split heat pump services with the pros at Norris Air Inc.
Save Energy and Money by Transferring Heat from the Outside In
Our winter weather is quite mild around here, which is why the heat pump is such a great heating option to consider in this area. Like traditional heat pumps, which utilize air ducts in order to distribute heated and cooled air throughout one’s home, ductless mini split heat pumps make use of existing heat in the air outside in order to heat one’s home. The refrigerant cycle that allows for the cooling of one’s home during the summer is reversed, and heat is drawn out of the air outside, the warm refrigerant is compressed further, and that thermal energy is used to heat the interior space of a home. This is an extremely efficient home heating option.
Benefits Unique to Ductless Systems
Ductless mini-split heat pumps set themselves apart from more traditional models in a few ways. First of all, they help you to achieve even greater efficiency in your home, as you can heat or cool only those areas of your home that you wish to. Simply set different temperatures at the different thermostats in various areas of the house. Each corresponds to its own blower. You also won’t have to worry about leaky ductwork wasting energy throughout your home. Plus, there are no air ducts in which pollutants can build up, only to be redistributed throughout the house, tearing down your indoor air quality.
The main advantages of mini splits are their small size and flexibility for zoning or heating and cooling individual rooms. Many models can have as many as four indoor air-handling units (for four zones or rooms) connected to one outdoor unit. The number depends on how much heating or cooling is required for the building or each zone (which in turn is affected by how well the building is insulated and air sealed). Each of the zones has its own thermostat, so you only need to condition occupied spaces. This will save energy and money.
Ductless mini-split systems are easier to install than some other types of space conditioning systems. For example, the hook-up between the outdoor and indoor units generally requires only a three-inch hole through a wall for the conduit. Most manufacturers of this type of system can provide a variety of lengths of connecting conduits, and, if necessary, you can locate the outdoor unit as far away as 50 feet from the indoor evaporator. This makes it possible to cool rooms on the front side of a house, but locate the compressor in a more advantageous or inconspicuous place on the outside of the building.
Contact Norris Air Inc. to learn more about the benefits of using ductless mini-splits in your home.