A ductless mini-split heat pump offers several benefits for homeowners in Birmingham, Alabama, from improved comfort to better energy efficiency. Ductless systems have gained in popularity as more homeowners realize their advantages, but many people still don’t know exactly how they work. To remedy that, here’s a quick guide to the "how" behind a ductless mini-split heat pump.

No Ductwork Is Needed

As its name suggests, a ductless mini-split heat pump eliminates the need for ductwork. Instead of pumping conditioned air from a central system throughout the entire home via ductwork, a ductless system requires a separate indoor unit in each room or zone of the house. A 3-inch conduit passes through the wall to connect each indoor unit to the outside unit. Air is blown directly from the indoor unit into the area it serves, with no need for ductwork.

Each Zone Is Independent

With a ductless mini-split system, the home is divided into multiple zones. Each zone can be controlled independently of the others, which is especially useful in large or multi-story houses. You can control and set different temperatures for your basement and main floor, main floor and second floor, or living area and sleeping quarters. If your living area is getting too warm during a day of baking, you can turn the AC up in that zone without making other areas too cold.

Less Energy Is Wasted

A ductless system also offers better efficiency than other HVAC systems. You won’t lose any conditioned air to leaky ducts, and the heat pump will transfer warmth between the indoors and outdoors instead of heating and cooling from scratch. Plus, you don’t need to heat and cool the entire house at once. You can turn the AC down or off in empty rooms while maintaining a comfortable temperature in whichever rooms you are using.

If a ductless mini-split system sounds like the perfect solution for your home, give us a call! The pros at Total Comfort Heating & Air, LLC are here to help with all of your heating and cooling needs: 205-259-5164.

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