My furnace isn’t getting warm enough in the winter.
Each room in my house is being heated and cooled inconsistently.
My cooling bills increase dramatically in the summer.
My heating bills increase dramatically in the winter.
Looking to cool your garage or extra room? Ductless mini split systems offer great advantages. Want to enjoy your garage year round? Are you looking to save energy on cooling costs? Are you experiencing problems with your ductless system?
Sometimes a home’s master bedroom, bonus room or sunroom doesn’t get as warm or as cool as you want. Other times, heating or cooling that room to the desired temperature sends your total power bill soaring. In those cases, your central-air system could use a boost from one or more of the small, flexible units called ductless mini-split heat pumps.
They are ductless because they don’t require you to install or extend the bulky ductwork used in your main central-air system. They are mini-split because they have their own thermostat serving an individual room, which gives you the convenience and energy savings of heating or cooling just that room instead of the whole house. And like standard heat pumps, ductless systems have an indoor unit – the air handler – and an outside unit – the compressor and condenser.
Do you have more than one problem room? You can have up to eight indoor units installed in different rooms, each with its own thermostat and all connecting to the one outdoor unit.
Think of a ductless system like a light switch in a home, you don’t flip one switch and all of the lights in your home turn on. With a ductless system, it’s like turning on a light in one room.
What to expect during installation
Adding a ductless system to your home starts with having a professional well-trained Design professional determine the correct size and best location for the system, based on the size and other features of the room you want to heat and cool. The units also have sensors that allow them to direct the correct-temperature air at any especially hot or cold part of the room.
The indoor portion of the unit comes in low-profile designs that are less noticeable and much quieter than window air conditioners. LBA recommends installing the units on exterior-facing walls. That’s because instead of traditional ductwork connections, the indoor portion of the unit is connected to the outdoor portion by a conduit. The conduit houses the power cable, the refrigerant tubing and the drain tubing, and it needs only a three-inch hole in the wall to connect the indoor and outdoor units. The conduit also comes in various lengths, so you can place the outdoor unit almost anywhere — close to or farther away from your house – as long as there is a place near the unit to drain condensate water.
The ductless systems run on their own high-voltage electrical current.
It’s simple to maintain ductless systems. LBA recommends maintaining yours by having the unit’s fan cleaned once a year.
Cost and savings
Installation of a ductless mini-split system for a single room averages around $3,800 to $6,500. You can cut that price by taking advantage of rebates offered by Kansas City’s utility company (insert hyperlink in rebate section) or by watching for manufacturers’ promotions. Going forward, the energy savings that come with ductless systems can lower your operating costs by about 25 percent for a one-room system. You also save because the LBA systems come with a 12-year warranty on parts, which is a longer warranty than on conventional systems.
If a ductless system sounds like an energy-saving solution for your rooms that are too hot or too cold, call LBA to have one of our knowledgeable technicians come to your home and help you decide what’s right for your family, lifestyle and budget.