How a Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pump Works

How a Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pump WorksWhether you are renovating, repairing, or simply learning how to better care for your home, it is important to understand the function of each system and appliance. If you aren’t sure how a ductless mini-split heat pump works (or even what it is), read this helpful guide.

What Are Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pumps?

The phrase “ductless mini-split heat pump” is certainly a mouthful, but it simply refers to a ductless heating and cooling system. Ductless heat pumps typically regulate the temperature in individual rooms, rather than controlling the temperature in the house as a whole.

Ductless heat pumps are also known as “mini splits” or “zoned HVAC systems.” They are particularly good options for renovations in homes without existing ductwork.

How Do Ductless Heat Pumps Work?

Ductless mini-split heat pumps are made up of two parts.

1. Indoor air handling unit

The indoor unit connects to the outdoor unit through a refrigerant line, a cable, a drain line, and extra suction. The indoor unit typically hangs from the ceiling or a high part of the wall in order to cool or heat the room.

2. Outdoor compressor (or condensor)

The outdoor compressor is the source of power which allows the indoor unit to control the interior temperature of the home.

What Are the Pros and Cons of Ductless Units?

Like every system and appliance, ductless heat pumps have both advantages and disadvantages. To determine whether or not they’re a good fit for your home, you should consider both.

Pros include the following:

  • No need to worry about ductwork
  • Ability to customize and control temperature
  • Operated by remote control
  • Contains both heating and cooling technology
  • Saves money on utility bill
  • Smaller, manageable size
  • Easy maintenance
  • Longer lifespan

Cons include the following:

  • Costlier installation
  • Professional installation necessary
  • Unattractive look of the indoor unit

How Can You Know if a Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pump is Right for Your Home?

The best way to tell if a ductless heat pump is right for your home is to evaluate your needs as a homeowner. Consider the size of your home, the number of occupants, whether or not there is existing ductwork, how high your utility bill generally runs, and whether or not you need even temperature distribution through your home. If you aren’t sure, you can always contact a professional to help you weigh the pros and cons.

As a licensed Ruud dealer, we can introduce you to some of the most energy-efficient and cost-effective systems currently available on the market. ABE Heating and Cooling offers great products with iron-clad warranties and superior installation services, all at manageable prices suitable for any budget. We are located in Brighton, Colorado and serve the entire Denver Metro Area, and if you would like to learn more about high-efficiency furnaces please contact us today to discuss the possibilities.