Benefits of Ductless Mini Split + Heat Pump Installations for cold Rhode Island and Massachusetts Winters

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From energy efficiency to better air quality, many benefits come with ductless mini splits and heat pump installations in extreme hot and cold temperatures in Rhode Island and Massachusett.  Mini-split system Installations, also known as ductless systems installations, are an ideal way to heat or cool your home. They don’t rely on ductwork, unlike traditional forced-air furnaces, providing heat straight from a wall-mounted or ceiling-mounted unit. They can also act as air conditioners in the summer. This versatility is what has led to the surge in popularity of mini split heat pump installations in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and across the country, as well as their space-saving properties.

Ductless Mini Split and Heat Pump Installations

These terms are often used interchangeably but they do have differences.

What is a ductless mini-split installation?

Mini-splits are ductless heating and cooling systems, installed in individual zones or rooms throughout a business or home. They feature both an outdoor compressor unit and an indoor air handler working in conjunction to regulate the temperature. This gives you more precise control over the temperature of each room in your house, without having to add ductwork. They are called “split systems” because of the dual outdoor and indoor units.

Mini-splits are revered for their flexibility and their ability to zone heat or cool down specific areas of a house instead of having to heat or cool the entire space. This leads to better energy efficiency, cost savings, and improved comfort control. Simpler to install than central AC systems or ducted heat pump systems, they don’t require existing ductwork or invasive renovations. On top of that, they’re quieter and more discreet, blending in better with the décor of a building. making them a more appealing option for those looking to maintain the aesthetic of their home or building. And lastly, they’re more reliable and require less maintenance than ducted systems.

What is a heat pump installation?

Heat pumps move heat from one location to another using small amounts of energy. They are designed to draw heat from the air or ground outside and then compress it to adjust the temperature. They can be used either in a ducted system or in conjunction with an indoor air handler across different zones. This results in a mini-split system. Ducted heat pumps are more efficient than traditional central air systems, but overall, both are less efficient than mini-split systems.

What is a mini-split heat pump installation?

Mini-split heat pumps are HVAC systems combining mini-split systems with the technology behind heat pumps. You get the convenience and flexibility of ductless indoor air handlers, paired with the power and efficiency of heat pumps.

Now that you know all that, you may assume that all mini-splits are also heat pumps, but this is incorrect. Not all mini-splits are heat pumps; some only provide cooling and not heating. A mini-split heat pump does both.

Benefits of Ductless Mini Split Heat Pump Installations (or called Mini Splits)

From easy installation to energy efficiency, there are many advantages of mini split heat pumps. Due to their flexibility, they can heat or cool individual rooms while taking up less space than traditional systems. You can install up to four indoor air-handling units, each one connected to one outdoor unit, and each zone has its own thermostat, points out Energy.gov. Due to this ability to condition occupied spaces, you save both energy and money.

Ductless mini-split systems are generally easier to install than other kinds of space conditioning systems. Because mini-splits don’t have ducts, you don’t get the energy losses that you would with central forced air systems’ ductwork. Duct losses often account for more than 30 percent of energy consumption when it comes to space conditioning.

You also get more interior design flexibility with mini splits, suspending indoor air handlers from a ceiling, mounting them flush into a drop ceiling, or hanging them on a wall. There are also floor-standing models available. These indoor units are small and sleek and come with a remote control for convenience. If you don’t have space on your wall or worry that the wall, ceiling or floor unit will ruin your aesthetic, they can be ducted in your attic or basement.

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Energy Efficiency of Ductless Mini Split Installation in Rhode Island and MA

Mini split heat pumps bearing the Energy Star label are certified to save energy and money while protecting the climate. Energy Star-certified mini split heat pumps use up to 60 percent less energy than that standard home electric radiators because they transfer rather than generate heat.

Furthermore, Mass Save says that with a mini-split heat pump, you can reduce your heating and cooling bills by up to 30 percent.

Rebates in Massachusetts and Rhode Island for Mini Split Installation Through Mass Save and CleanHeat RI 

Here at MJ Electric and Refrigeration, we are authorized installers of ductless mini splits and heat pumps in Rhode Island and Massachusetts for both Mass Save and CleanHeat Rhode Island.

If you were on the fence about installing a ductless mini split heat pump this year, you may be happy to note that the state offers rebates on certain improvements for 2023 and 2024, and that includes heat pumps. You could get up to $10,000 per home or business property for air-source heat pumps, and up to $15,000 per home or business property for Energy Star certified ground source heat pumps. Enhanced income-qualified rebate amounts are even higher, at $16,000 and $25,000 respectively. These are great incentives, especially for business energy users because commercial buildings have bigger units requiring more tonnage. 

To get the rebate on your mini split heat pump in Rhode Island or the State of Massachusetts, you will have to fill out this  Massachusetts rebate form or submit it online at MassSave.com/Savings for a faster response.

Contact MJ Electric and Refrigeration for Mini Split Heat Pump Installation Questions or Services

To learn more about how we can outfit your home or business in Rhode Island or Massachusetts with a ductless mini split heat pump installation this year. You can contact us today at 401-487-5770 or fill out our online form. Serving Rhode Island and Southern MA since 2005, you can rely on our team for skilled ductless mini split installation services to keep you comfortable and save money. We can also help with maintaining your mini splits/heat pumps over the winter.