If you are currently using electric baseboard heating and the change in seasons has you worrying about upcoming heating costs, you might consider replacing those costly and inefficient heaters with a ductless mini-split system. The flexible design of these systems makes them perfect for areas without existing ductwork, and they can be installed on a wall, ceiling or free-standing on the floor. Even better, because they work by transferring heated air, they are able to heat a room in the winter and cool it in the summer.
Mini splits are made up of an outdoor condenser and an indoor air handler. Up to four air handlers can be attached to most outdoor units. A conduit containing the refrigerant, power line and drainpipe connect the outdoor and indoor units. The system works much like a refrigerator, where the refrigerant is compressed and expanded to deliver heated air either into or out of the home.
Ductless mini-split systems are also an ideal option for room additions or anywhere installing air ducts would not be feasible, such as adjacent to an unheated garage or attic area. As much as 15 to 20 percent of heat loss in traditional systems can occur through improperly placed or poorly insulated ducts. The mini-split is a zoned system, allowing you to individualize the comfort level of the rooms in your home. Less used zones can be adjusted or turned off so that you’re not paying for heat (or cooling) that isn’t needed. Further, mini splits adhere to the samegovernment standards for energy efficiency as regular heat pumps, saving you even more in energy costs.
With quiet operation indoors and out, simple installation and the benefits of heating and cooling your home, the versatility of a ductless mini-split system might be just what you’re looking for. Contact the professionals at Pacific Aire for more information about this and all your heating and cooling needs.
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