These are just some of the reasons why a ductless mini-split system can be such a great alternative to central air conditioning.
- Greater energy efficiency
- Cools more quietly
- Zone control capabilities
- Easier to install
- Longer lifespan and reduced maintenance requirements
Mini-split systems typically have much higher energy-efficiency ratings than central AC or heat pump units. They also don’t have the same energy waste issues that plague central AC systems. The issue with central HVAC systems is that most systems have lots of duct leaks where air can escape. The air also gains heat as it travels through the ducts, resulting in the system working less effectively.
Another great thing about mini-split systems is that the air handlers in each room are independent. This means you can adjust and control the temperature in the different zones or rooms instead of just having to set one temperature for the whole house. This type of zone control can greatly improve your comfort and prevent cold and hot spots in different rooms. It also allows everyone in the home to keep their bedroom as warm or cool as they wish. You can shut off the air handlers in unoccupied rooms to save even more on your energy bills.
Mini-split systems also have fewer components and are less complex than central AC systems. This means they are easier to maintain, typically require fewer repairs, and should last longer than a central AC or heat pump. Central units will typically only last for 15 years at the most, whereas mini-splits will usually last 20 years or more.
Mini-splits are also better in terms of indoor air quality. This is because central systems will circulate allergens and pollutants around the home whereas mini-split air handlers will filter the air in each room.