Choosing the best heating and cooling system for your home may feel a little overwhelming when you consider all the different choices available. Whether you want to replace an existing system or purchase a system for a new home build, your choice will have an impact on future heating, cooling, and maintenance costs. A mini-split system can be a great option for many homeowners, but how can you know if it’s the best choice for you?
Your Home Doesn’t Have Existing Ductwork
In homes without ductwork, installing a new furnace or HVAC unit will involve the cost of the unit plus installing the necessary ductwork. Depending on the layout and design of an older home, it isn’t always possible to add ductwork. Mini-split systems make adding an updated heating and cooling system to an older home possible by eliminating the need for ductwork.
Mini-splits are also a good choice for historical homes where installing ductwork and vents would harm the original architecture and appearance of the home. Installation only requires a small three-inch hole through the wall. No rebuilding of walls or ceilings to accommodate ductwork is necessary, which makes it easy to preserve the historical look of the home.
You Want to Heat One Specific Area
Mini-split systems are a perfect choice if you wish to heat or cool a certain area of your home, such as a garage, room addition, attic, or basement, that’s not serviced by an existing heating and cooling source. Single-zone systems are designed to heat one area. They are also an easy heating and cooling solution to use in those areas of your home that may require supplemental heating sources.
Mini-split systems are measured in BTUs, and the one that will work best for your home will be determined by the square footage of the area you want to heat and cool. For instance, a 5,000 BTU mini-split system may work well in a small room, but an 11,000 BTU unit may be necessary for a large garage or addition. Consult your installer to discuss which mini-split system is best suited for your home.
You Want to Save Money
With rising heating and cooling costs, mini-split systems are a good option for keeping costs down. Mini-split systems require less power to operate than larger systems. Mini-splits deliver the heated or cooled air directly into the room, which maximizes efficiency since no heated or cooled air is lost as it passes through ductwork.
Whole-house mini-split systems make it possible to control the temperature in multiple rooms, which can be a huge money saver. For instance, you can turn the bedroom heat down during the daytime or heat or cool the room you are in at a certain time. Due to the energy efficiency of mini-splits, some energy companies offer substantial rebates to customers upon installation of these units.
You Suffer From Allergies
If you suffer from allergies or other respiratory problems, home allergens can wreak havoc on your health. Heating and cooling ducts often house dust, dander, and pollen, which is expelled into the air you breathe every time your furnace kicks on. You won’t have to worry about dirty ductwork aggravating your allergy symptoms when you install a mini-split system.
The units themselves consist of multistage filtration systems. This is important for allergy sufferers, as it can substantially cut down on the amount of dust, pollen, bacteria, and other unhealthy particles that circulate in the air inside your home.
With their energy-efficient operating systems and minimally invasive installation, mini-split systems are a smart choice for many homeowners. Contact Carrano Air HVAC Contractors, Inc, to schedule a consultation regarding your cooling and heating needs. We will help you determine if a new mini-split system is the best option for your home.