Ductless/Mini Splits

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Earl Bryant—LG Ductless/Mini-Splits

If you have rooms in your home that are just never comfortable, ductless heating and cooling systems may help. Ductless heating and cooling systems provide a room with comfortable air, whether it be heat or air conditioning. While ductless HVAC units, also called mini-splits, aren’t ideal for heating and cooling an entire house, they can make individual rooms feel more comfortable year-round than other systems. Earl Bryant Heating and Cooling wants all residents in the Kansas City Metro Area to be comfortable in their homes no matter the weather outside, and with mini-splits, that is an option for all homeowners in the area.

What are Ductless HVAC Systems?

Ductless HVAC systems are small units that give homeowners the ability to control the temperature in individual rooms of the home. These systems are similar to window units, except they don’t need to be fitted into a window and they are more cost-effective than window units. Mini-splits have two main components: the outdoor compressor and the indoor air-handling unit. The indoor and outdoor units are linked via conduits, and this connection includes the electric, refrigerant, and drain lines. Surprisingly, the system only requires a three-inch hole through the connecting wall to run these lines through.

Who Should Use Mini-Splits?

Ductless systems are great for people who are building a new addition or converting a garage into a living space. A ductless HVAC system will prevent the new area of the home from bogging down the old HVAC system and possibly damaging it. If you are in a home that doesn’t have existing ductwork, consider using mini-splits throughout your home. It will be cheaper than having ductwork and a central air system installed in the home. For any house with a room that is always uncomfortable, consider a mini-split. A mini-split will allow you to control the temperature in that room without changing the temperature in the rest of the house. These systems are also great if you live with someone who is always too hot or too cold. Many retirees no longer use the entirety of their homes and don’t want to pay to heat or cool unused spaces. While one option is to close the vents in the unused area of the home and continue to run the central air system, that can lead to mold and air pressure problems. Installing mini-splits in the areas of the house that are still being used and putting the main thermostat on an efficient temperature can save a lot of money.

Benefits of Ductless HVAC Systems

One advantage of ductless systems is that you don’t need ductwork, which is responsible for a large amount of energy loss in forced-air HVAC systems. In a forced-air system, as air travels through the air ducts, it can lose up to 30 percent of the warmth or coldness it contains, especially if the ducts are in an area that isn’t air-conditioned or heated. Mini-splits are also great for homes with forced-air HVAC systems that don’t evenly heat and cool all the rooms in the home. If you have a room that is always too hot or too cold, installing a ductless HVAC unit gives you the ability to change the temperature in just that one room without sacrificing comfort in the rest of your home. Mini-splits are also more energy-efficient than other types of HVAC units. While other systems waste a lot of energy, mini-splits put out more heated and cooled air in less time, which quickly heats or cools a room without a lot of energy being lost throughout the process.

Disadvantages of Ductless HVAC Systems

To have a ductless system installed can be pricey, which could be a deal breaker for some consumers. Ductless systems cost more than window units, and replacing a central air system with ductless units can cost two to three times more. Maintenance for ductless systems requires monthly filter cleanings. Unlike central air systems, the ductless systems can’t handle dust build-up. Allowing dust build-up can cause the unit to break down, and then it will need to be serviced by a professional. Unfortunately, mini-splits aren’t the most attractive feature of a home, and many people are put off by the way they make a room look. Since they can’t be covered up, you are likely to notice them in the room.

LG Ductless HVAC Systems

Earl Bryant Heating and Cooling is proud to offer LG brand ductless HVAC systems. LG ductless HVAC systems provide high-speed cooling and heating, cleaner air, better air circulation, and lower energy costs. LG’s ductless systems are made to last, so you will be able to enjoy comfort for years without worry. LG is known for exceptionally quiet ductless HVAC systems that come in a variety of looks that won’t distract from the rest of your room. An Earl Bryant technician can help you find the perfect look and feel for your home. The professional technicians at Earl Bryant can quickly install an LG ductless HVAC system into any room in your home. Installing a ductless system yourself can be dangerous, as they require knowledge of electrical work, so have a professional take care of the work for you. If you are considering having a ductless HVAC system installed, call Earl Bryant at 913-724-4100 today. A technician will come to your home and answer any questions you have about these HVAC systems, as well as provide an estimate for your ductless installation.
Sources:
http://www.lg-dfs.com/
http://www.mitsubishicomfort.com/articles/ductless/5-advantages-of-ductless-cooling-and-heating-systems