Five Advantages Of Ductless Mini Splits

5 Advantages Of Ductless Mini Splits

5 Advantages Of Ductless Mini Splits

5 Advantages Of Ductless Mini SplitsFor years central heating and cooling was considered the best way to heat and cool your home. Now, ductless mini splits are becoming an increasingly popular choice for homeowners, offering a slew of benefits that traditional heating and cooling systems simply can’t match. Here are five key advantages of ductless mini splits: 

  • No Ductwork Needed
  • Superior Energy Efficiency
  • Zoned Heating And Air Conditioning
  • Whisper Quiet
  • Can Heat And Cool

No Ductwork Needed

One of the major advantages of ductless mini splits is right there in the name: they are ductless. This means they do not require expensive, intrusive ductwork throughout your home to function. It’s one of the reasons it makes them ideal for older homes where installing ductwork could be disruptive and costly. They’re also great for new builds or extensions, like a sunroom, where space may be limited.

Ductless systems consist of an outdoor condenser unit and one or more indoor air handlers. These components are connected via a small conduit, which requires just a tiny hole in the wall, minimizing the aesthetic and structural impact on your home.

The lack of ductwork also minimizes the potential for energy loss, which can occur in ducted systems due to leaks and poor insulation.

Superior Energy Efficiency

Ductless mini split systems are extraordinarily energy-efficient. According to the Department of Energy, duct losses account for about 20% to 30% of the energy consumed by forced-air systems. Ductless mini splits, in contrast, have no ducts to leak, reducing this energy waste considerably.

Additionally, most ductless mini split systems use inverter technology, which allows the compressor to speed up or slow down based on the system’s needs, rather than simply turning on and off.

With some other air conditioners, you will notice the temperature going up and down as the system turns off and on. There may also be more hot and cold spots in the house depending on when the air kicks on and off. Using this inverter technology results in more precise temperature control and less energy consumption.

Zoned Heating And Air Conditioning

Different Zones Allow You To Customize Your Comfort And Save Energy

Ductless heating and cooling allow you to create different zones around your home. If you install 3 different mini splits around your home, that means you have created 3 different zones.

Zoned HVAC lets you heat and cool different spaces independently. This means that you can have one mini split at 72 degrees, another running lower at 75, and then one not running at all in a zone that isn’t being used. This zoned HVAC design gives you more control of your heating and cooling, and also helps you save energy.

One of the biggest energy wasters with whole home HVAC solutions is heating and cooling rooms that aren’t being used. Zoning your system eliminates that errant use and save energy.

Zoned HVAC will also be able to stop fights over the thermostat! One person can have their space at their desired temperature, while another can change their zone to what makes them comfortable.

Whisper Quiet

Unlike traditional HVAC systems, which can be rather noisy due to the fan and the ductwork, ductless mini splits operate very quietly. The noise they produce is often compared to a whisper, making them ideal for bedrooms, home offices, or any area where a peaceful environment is desired.

This quiet operation is due to the fact that the noisiest parts of the system – the compressor and the condenser – are located outdoors. The indoor units contain only the fan and the evaporator, both of which operate quietly.

If you’ve ever tried to watch TV in a room where a window AC unit is being used, you know how annoying a loud air conditioner can be! Ductless air conditioning is FAR quieter and creates a more peaceful environment in your home.

Can Heat And Cool

In addition to being efficient and quiet, ductless mini splits are versatile. Most models offer both heating and cooling capabilities, allowing you to keep your home comfortable year-round. This can be a major advantage in climates that experience both hot summers and cold winters, like ours here in Chilhowie, VA. Instead of installing one system to heat and another to cool, a ductless mini split can do both!

Not only can you toggle between heating and cooling as needed, but you also have the flexibility to control temperatures room-by-room, as we mentioned before. Each indoor air handling unit can be controlled independently, offering a level of customization and control that traditional systems can’t match.

How Ductless Mini Splits Work

A ductless mini split system is a heat pump, and works by transferring heat rather than creating it. During the cooling process, the system absorbs heat from inside your home and transfers it outdoors. In heating mode, the process is reversed: the system extracts heat from the outdoor air and transfers it inside.

This heat transfer is made possible by a refrigerant, which circulates between the outdoor and indoor units through the conduit. This refrigerant absorbs and releases heat as it moves between the two units, efficiently maintaining the desired temperature in your home. This process allows you to reduce your energy consumption, and lower your energy bills.

Ductless Mini Splits VS Window Units

While both ductless mini splits and window units provide a way to cool a space without ductwork, there are significant differences between the two. Ductless systems offer greater efficiency, quieter operation, and the ability to both heat and cool your home.


Window units, on the other hand, are often less efficient, noisier, and only capable of cooling. They also take up your window for an entire summer! They can also pose a security risk, with burglars using them as an access point to get into your home.


Plus, they must be installed and uninstalled seasonally, whereas a ductless system provides year-round comfort with a single, unobtrusive installation.


Ductless mini splits offer a bunch of advantages, including energy efficiency, quiet operation, versatility, and the elimination of the need for ductwork. Whether you’re constructing a new home, renovating an older one, or simply looking to improve your home’s comfort and efficiency, a ductless mini split system might be the perfect solution.


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