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Meet the Mini HVAC Wonder: The Ductless Mini Split

If you’re tired of having a central air conditioner and want to try something new, a ductless mini split is definitely the way to go. When your current unit is reaching the end of its life and it’s time to invest in a replacement, schedule an appointment with our team to complete an in-home assessment for a ductless mini split HVAC system.

Ductless mini splits in Portland, OR, are gaining popularity. And for a good reason! A ductless mini split offers a variety of benefits. You can keep reading to learn more about ductless mini splits, including a couple of downsides that you also need to consider before making the investment.

All-In-One Solution

One benefit of a ductless mini split is that it offers both heating and cooling all within the same system. This is unique from other types of HVAC systems which are usually separate heaters and air conditioning systems that connect to the same thermostat. And just like the name implies, there is no ductwork involved in having a ductless mini split system. 

You can select the same settings across all of your individual mini split unit for whole-house temperature control, or choose a unique setting for each unit. As long as you keep the doors closed around your home, each room can sustain a unique temperature from others. This is great for families who can never agree on a thermostat setting that makes everyone happy. 

Energy Efficiency

Eliminating the ductwork makes a huge difference in the energy efficiency of a ductless mini split system. 100% of the air that gets heated or cooled by a ductless mini split blows directly into the rooms of your home. No energy gets lost in the process. Because of this, you can slash your energy costs significantly. The savings can make a huge difference when it comes to budgeting, especially if you add up the savings over the life of the unit.

Space Saving

You’re also saving space when you use a ductless mini split compared to other types of central air conditioners. You eliminate the need to dedicate space to the indoor portion of an air conditioning unit. You also eliminate the need to have ductwork that takes up space in either your attic or basement. This is all space that you can repurpose for other needs, even if it is just storage.

Potential Downsides

While all of these benefits are fantastic, it is also important to consider the downsides of having a mini split unit. Installation costs significantly more compared to a standard central air conditioner. However, when you consider the energy savings, you will probably end up spending less over the life of the unit. 

You’re just spending more upfront and saving over time, when it’s the opposite with a central air conditioner. Then you spend less upfront but energy costs can be higher from month to month. It really comes down to your budget, needs, and preferences when choosing an AC for your home. 

You also have to consider that you need to keep up with maintenance each month for every individual unit of a mini split. Where you would usually change a single air filter for your central air conditioner, you have to change or clean air filters for as many mini split units as you have in your home.

For HVAC, indoor air quality, and water heater services, look no further than the team who is “Connecting People to Comfort” – Clawson Heating & Air Conditioning. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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