Ductless Mini-Split System Air Conditioners & Heat Pumps – Ottawa
Ductless mini-split air conditioners & heat pumps are a great option for retrofit add-on to homes with “non-ducted” heating systems, such as hydronic (hot water heat), radiant heat, or baseboard electric heat. Ductless mini-split air conditioners and heat pumps can also be a good choice for supplemental heating and cooling in rooms or additions where installing duct work is not practical
Like standard air-source heat pumps and air conditioners, ductless mini splits air conditioners and heat pumps have an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor air-handling unit. The outdoor and indoor units are connected by a power cable, refrigerant tubing and a condensate drain.
Ductless Mini-Split – Advantages
In many cases, ductless mini-split heating and cooling systems are easier to install than some other types of systems. The hook-up between the outdoor and indoor units usually requires only a three-inch hole through a wall for the connection lines. If necessary, you can locate the outdoor unit as far away as 50 to150 feet from the indoor evaporator. This makes it possible to cool rooms on the front side of a house, but locate the compressor in a more convenient or inconspicuous location on the outside of the building.
Compared to other add-on heating and cooling systems, mini-split air conditioners and heat pumps offer great flexibility and performance. There are several options for indoor air handlers that can be suspended from a ceiling, mounted flush into a drop ceiling, or hung high or low on a wall. Most indoor units are only about seven inches deep and have sleek, high tech-looking design. Most also have a remote control to make it easier to control the system.
Ductless Mini-Split – Disadvantages
Ductless mini-split air conditioners and heat pumps will cost a little more than some systems, but most have extremely high efficiencies, leading to lower operating costs which can help offset the initial expense.
Installed costs of ductless mini-split air conditioners and heat pumps can vary widely, depending on the size and installation requirements. No worries though, we will visit your home to help you decide on the best indoor unit configuration location for installation. Most new models use inverter technology, meaning that they adjust their capacity to the heating or cooling requirement. This is ideal when looking at a heat pump option, as you can provide additional capacity for heat, without compromising air conditioning performance.
The appearance of the indoor part of the system is an issue for some people. While less obtrusive than a window room air conditioner, these units don’t have the built-in look of a central system. There must also be a place to drain condensate water near the outdoor unit or install an internal condensate pump. Typically, the best location is on an outside wall when these lines can run directly to the outdoors.
Qualified installers and service people for mini splits are not always easy to find. Below Zero Heating & Air Conditioning has extensive experience with all types of ductless mini-split air conditioners and heat pumps. We can service or repair any make or model, but chose to sell and install only the best Ductless Mini-Split Models. It is important to be aware, that these are very small, compact units, and therefore can be time consuming and difficult to work on. The best ductless mini-split air conditioner and heat pumps will be much more reliable. For added peace of mind, some carry extraordinary warranty coverage up to 10 years parts and labour.
Need more information on ductless mini-split systems? Why not contact us a call today. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.