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What are ductless mini-split systems?

Posted on: February 27, 2014

Many homeowners in the DC metro area choose ductless mini-split systems to retrofit heating and cooling in homes without ductwork or to heat and cool areas of their home that don’t have ductwork, such as the garage or additions. They are a great solution to either of those situations because, as the name implies, they don’t require any ductwork to provide conditioned air to your home—and as you may know, installing ductwork in a home or room where it doesn’t already exist can be a very big, expensive undertaking.

If you want to install a ductless mini-split system in Gaithersburg, Germantown, or the surrounding MD or DC areas, contact James A. Wheat & Sons today by calling 240-399-5051240-399-5051 or filling out the form to the right!

How Does a Ductless Mini-Split System Work?

Much like a standard air-source heat pump, mini-splits have two main components: an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor air-handling unit. A conduit, which houses the power cable, refrigerant tubing, suction tubing, and a condensate drain, links the outdoor and indoor units. So your unit will draw air into the device in the room, pass it over the refrigerant tubing, and then release it back into the atmosphere to raise or lower the temperature.

There are many advantages of a ductless mini-split system, including:

  • Ease of installation – one of the greatest things about ductless mini-split systems is that they are relatively easy to install. Since the hook-up between the outdoor and indoor unit generally only requires a 3-inch hole through a wall for the conduit, it isn’t very intrusive.
  • Size & flexibility – the unit itself will be relatively small, so it can be easily tucked into any room for heating and cooling. They also allow you to condition the air in single rooms or areas throughout the house—and each unit will have its own thermostat so the temperatures can be monitored individually.
  • Energy efficiency – because they are ductless, the mini-split systems will not waste any energy through air loss—this is usually incurred through gaps or holes in the ductwork. This can mean substantial savings for you because air loss in ductwork can account for as much as 30 percent of the energy consumption in your home!

Install a Ductless Mini-Split System today

Ductless mini-split systems can be the perfect solution to your heating and cooling problem in MD or DC—call James A. Wheat & Sons today to learn more about the options you have when it comes to heating and cooling your home. We can discuss the advantages of a ductless mini-split system and if it’s the right option for you!

Contact us online or by phone at 240-399-5051240-399-5051 to schedule an appointment!