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Should I Upgrade to a Ductless Mini Split?

When it is time to replace your existing HVAC system with a newer model, you may be considering a wide variety of options. Among them is the ductless mini split. It is one of the more unique HVAC systems available for homeowners and offers a variety of benefits.

If you want to schedule a heat pump replacement in Eugene, give our team a call for your in-home assessment. We can talk to you about how a ductless mini split would work for your home and family so you can decide if it is the right solution for you. You can also keep reading to learn more about how a ductless mini split works, as well as the pros and cons.

How a Ductless Mini Split Works

A ductless mini split is essentially a different version of a central heat pump. Just like a central heat pump, it offers both heating and cooling. The key difference is that instead of having ductwork, a ductless mini split blows heated and cooled air directly into the rooms of your home with no attached ductwork involved. 

Because of this unique operation, a ductless mini split will be installed in each room of your home. If you have larger areas where several rooms are open to one another, like a kitchen, dining room, living room combo, that area may only need a single ductless mini split. Each unit gets installed along the ceiling and connects to a larger central outdoor unit. There is no central indoor unit. 

Pros of a Ductless Mini Split

Ductless mini splits are known to be highly energy efficient. You can save up to half on your energy costs for heating and cooling when you switch to a ductless mini split. These energy savings can add up very quickly over the life of the mini split unit. 

You can also customize temperatures across your home. All you have to do is close doors and ensure that each room or zone is closed off from the other areas. By doing this, individual rooms can maintain their own temperatures separate from the rest of your home.

Cons of a Ductless Mini Split

Ductless mini splits can require more homeowner maintenance compared to a larger central unit. All of the components are much smaller, so they need to be cleaned more often. For example, you may have to take out the filter and clean it more frequently than once a month, or at least check the filter ahead of the one-month mark. 

The same goes for the condensate drain line. Rinsing it with vinegar once each month is crucial for preventing clogs. Dust and mold can lead to clogs quickly in the small line. You also need to take extra care wiping down your unit to eliminate dust buildup from getting into the system to begin with. 

Another potential downside is the upfront cost for installation. Ductless units are usually more expensive compared to a central option that attaches to ductwork. But you have to consider the energy savings and factor that into your decision. You may spend more at the time of installation, but you’ll also save over the 10-15 year lifespan. 

Your comfort is our business! Comfort Flow Heating serves all of Oregon, so contact our team today to schedule your appointment.

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