No Ducts, No Problem: Mini Splits For Cooling

mini splits for cooling.

Whether your older house lacks the ductwork for traditional cooling systems or you just like the convenience of creating different cooling zones in your home, you may want to consider installing mini splits for your air conditioning needs. Mini-split systems, also known as ductless systems, don’t rely on ductwork to deliver conditioned air. Instead, they provide cool air via a wall-mounted or ceiling-mounted unit. Best part is, they can also act as heaters in the winter, so it’s like you’re getting two appliances in one.

To install your mini splits for cooling, you’ll need to rely on the expertise of a commercial heating and cooling company in Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts. You may also qualify for rebates through Mass Save.

 

Mini splits for cooling: defined

A mini-split AC system comprises two main components:

  • An outdoor unit (similar to outdoor AC compressors)
  • A set of indoor units mounted directly on the walls in strategic areas of your home

The wall units are connected to the outdoor compressor by a thin conduit. There’s no need for ductwork to carry that cool air into your home; rather, the indoor units are where the air is cooled. You can also program each wall unit individually and operate them with a remote control. The result? Room-by-room temperature control with a system that provides multi-zone use throughout your home.

They are called “split systems” due to the dual outdoor and indoor units.

Why choose mini splits for cooling?

From energy efficiency and space savings to easy installation and custom cooling zones, there are many advantages of installing mini splits for cooling. Their flexibility is what draws so many homeowners to them, as they can both heat or cool your home depending on the season.

They can also be customized to cool down individual rooms while saving much more space than traditional systems. In fact, it’s possible to install up to four indoor air-handling units, with each zone having its own thermostat, and each one being connected to one outdoor unit, according to Energy.gov. Because you’re able to condition occupied spaces at various temperatures, you can save time and energy. Why cool an area of your home that doesn’t get a lot of use?

Ductless mini-split systems have an easier installation process than other kinds of space conditioning systems. You don’t get the energy losses that you would with central forced air systems’ ductwork and the reason for that is simple: mini-splits do not have ducts. This is important, as duct losses comprise up to 30 percent of energy consumption in regards to space conditioning.

Finally, you enjoy more interior design flexibility with mini split systems. You can hang indoor air handlers on a wall, suspend the units from a ceiling, or mount them flush into a drop ceiling. Or, you could opt for a floor-standing model. No matter which method you choose, these indoor units are sleek, small, and can be operated with a handy remote.

 

Here are a few more benefits of such systems:

Individual control

Control each indoor unit with a remote control, smart thermostat, or mobile app instead of setting a single temperature to cool the whole house. This flexibility allows you to accommodate:

  • Family members who can’t agree on the right temperature
  • Rooms that are only occasionally used at certain times of day (offices, bedrooms) or in general (attics, guest rooms)
  • New additions or rooms with no ducts
  • Easy maintenance
  • Individual rooms with specific cooling challenges (basements, sunrooms)
  • Pets’ comfort in one room while you’re away at work

Two major appliances for the cost of one

Mini splits not only cool your home but heat it as well, so you can avoid paying for baseboards or a furnace. Mini splits in heating mode (AKA heat pumps) utilize the same ductless thermal energy transfer to heat the house and can actually do it up to 4X more efficiently than other heating systems. 

Higher-quality air

Ducted HVAC systems installed in a central, indoor location have one filter that requires cleaning of the ductwork and changing of the filter by a professional. With a mini split setup, each indoor unit has its own air filter that the homeowner can replace on their own.  

Dehumidification

Mini splits have a “reheat dehumidification mode,” which allows you to remove the humidity from the air while keeping a constant temperature. 

Rebates through Mass Save

If you were on the fence about installing a mini split for cooling this year, you may be happy to note that the state offers rebates on certain improvements for 2024, and that includes mini splits. In fact, you could get up to $10,000 per home for air source heat pumps, and up to $15,000 per home for Energy Star certified ground source heat pumps. Enhanced income qualified rebate amounts are even higher, at $16,000 and $25,000 respectively.

To get the rebate, you will have to fill out this rebate form or submit online at MassSave.com/Savings for a faster response.

Keep in mind

To wrap up, there are a few key things that make a mini splits for cooling appealing to homeowners. Mini splits:  

  1. Are easy to install
  2. Are energy efficient
  3. Ensure better air quality
  4. Are silent
  5. Have built-in zoning
  6. Are suitable for additions and renovations
  7. Are less costly and invasive than installing ductwork

No ducts? No problem! Mini splits for fast cooling is your solution.

Contact MJ Electric and Refrigeration

Serving Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts since 2005, our commercial heating and cooling company is skilled in mini split installation services. To book a consultation and quote with our team, contact us today at 401-487-5770 or fill out our online form.