Is a Ductless Mini-Split Right for Your Renovation?

Ductless mini-split air conditioners are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to energy hogging central air conditioning. Mini-splits -- which can often also supply heat in the cold weather -- consist of an outdoor unit containing the condenser and compressor and an indoor unit, which is often connected to a furnace or heat pump.

Many models of mini-splits can have up to four indoor units connecting to one outdoor unit, providing different cooling or heating zones that may be individually controlled. With a touch of a button, you can raise or lower the temperature of specific rooms without cooling or heating unoccupied spaces.

The energy savings offered by mini-splits are further enhanced by their ductless technology. According to energy.gov, duct losses can account for more than 30% of energy consumption for space conditioning.

Mini-splits are ideal add-ons for homes with non-ducted heating systems, such as hot water heat. When we renovated the first floor of our own home, we combined Runtal radiators with a mini-split ductless heat pump so we could heat the entire first floor or direct the heating and air conditioning just where we need it.

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In the photo above, you can see the indoor portion of the mini-split above the artwork on the wall. Mini-splits can be hung on a wall, mounted flush in a drop ceiling or suspended from the ceiling, but they can't totally disappear. In addition, they need to be accessible for servicing.

Mini-splits can pose a bit of a design challenge, but one that can be addressed with a little bit of creativity. This slide show from Houzz offers some interesting ways to incorporate a mini-split into room designs. To read the entire article on houzz.com, please click any of the images.

 

If you have questions about incorporating a mini-split into your Boston area renovation, please contact us. We would be happy to discuss your renovation and the pros and cons of mini-splits.

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