How Efficient Are Ductless Mini-Split Systems?

May 24, 2021

Advantages of Ductless Mini-Split Systems

Here in the Tri-Cities, it seems like a rite of passage for homeowners to maintenance and test their A/C units during the springtime so they are ready for the hot, dry summer ahead. We go through the normal steps of testing and cleaning components to make sure we are getting maximum efficiency from our HVAC units so we can be cool and comfortable during the hot season. 

You might be interested to know that central air conditioners and heat pumps are not the only solutions for staying cool during the summer. Ductless mini-split systems also cool homes, and very efficiently. In fact, ductless mini-split systems offer an attractive alternative to traditional A/C units and furnaces for many homeowners.  

Ductless Mini-split Systems cool efficiently and can also offer flexible comfort year-round. 

Ductless Mini-Split System Operation

Central air systems depend on intricate networks of ducts to deliver conditioned air to your home. However, mini-split systems come with a duct-free design. Ductless systems are often a preferred choice when it comes to the air that is treated efficiently.  By opting for mini-split systems, it allows you to avoid the cumbersome and tedious task of contending with cracks and leaks that most ducts eventually develop. Having compromised ducts can lead to a significant waste of energy. By foregoing ductwork altogether and going with mini-split systems, you can easily save energy and money. 

High SEER Ratings

If you operate a central cooling system or a mini-split system, both of these set-ups come with a standardized rating that indicates how efficiently they run. As it so happens, the majority of ductless systems boast remarkable seasonal energy ratio (SEER) ratings, proving that they will keep your residence cool and comfortable without wasting energy. In fact, there are some mini-split systems that come with Energy Star certification, which confirms they meet or exceed national efficiency standards. 

Improved Indoor Air Quality

Did you know that the air in your home can be as much as 100 times more polluted than the outside air?  These sometimes dangerous contaminants, coupled with poor ventilation, cause more than just discomfort. These pollutants also decrease your cooling system’s efficiency because they need much more energy to treat your indoor air. 

Mini-split systems come equipped with components designed to maintain the good air quality in your home. The most basic ductless systems feature built-in dehumidification systems that draw excess moisture from the air, leaving your indoor air feeling cooler and more comfortable. There are advanced ductless systems that come equipped with high-tech filters and ventilation systems that increase airflow and eliminate pollutants. This enables them to work more efficiently while doing a superior job at cleaning their indoor air. 

Targeted Cooling

In contrast to central air systems that use a single cooling component to produce cool air for all the rooms in your home, mini-split systems provide more focused cooling. Most ductless mini-split systems are comprised of an outdoor unit connected to an indoor unit that cools a single room or a specific area of your home. 

The ductless system set-ups are ideally suited for newly finished rooms, as well as hard-to-cool sunrooms and areas that are not connected to your home’s duct system. With the use of ductless systems, you can exert much more control over the amount of energy you use and in a much more efficient manner. 

Built-in Zoning 

This is another example of having more control of the energy usage in your home with ultimate flexibility. Ductless systems can not only provide efficient, targeted cooling, some can cool more than just one room simultaneously.  Mini-split systems are comprised of one outdoor unit and multiple indoor units – also known as “heads.” If you are operating several mini-split heads in your home, one can be operating while the other one is off. You also have the capability of cooling the entire floor of your home. 

This gives you ultimate control when it comes to regulating the comfort level of your home. Mini-split systems provide a tailor-made solution if you have rooms that never seem to be at your desired temperature or for targeted conditioned air in rooms that you occupy more than others. This mini-split system structure allows you to avoid treating the air in your entire home when you are only using a small portion of it. This saves wear and tear on your energy system and saves you money. 

Year-round Comfort

While ductless air conditioners specialize in keeping your house cool for the many warm months of the year, ductless heat pumps can keep your family comfortable throughout the rest of the year, as well. Once winter arrives, you simply switch a ductless heat pump from cool to heat mode. Because the vast majority of mini-split heat pumps are designed to heat efficiently when the outside temperature drops below freezing, you have the peace of mind of knowing that you can enjoy the perfect ambient temperature in your home year-round. 

Look to Apollo Heating and Air Conditioning for Expert Maintenance of Your HVAC

Look to the HVAC experts at Apollo to ensure your energy system is in excellent condition and operating at optimal efficiency so you can stay cool and comfortable this summer.  Our experienced team of highly trained technicians will work with you and exceed your expectations during HVAC  repairs and A/C unit replacements.   

Apollo field technicians will work closely with you in deciding what HVAC system is the best, and tailor it to fit your unique needs and preferences!  We are committed to delivering premium quality HVAC service, maintenance, products, and documentation in Kennewick, Pasco, Richland, and beyond! 

Learn more by contacting Apollo Heating and Air Conditioning! Call us at (509) 396-COLD (2653).