Ductless mini-split systems are an affordable way to help supplement your home’s traditional cooling and heating system. Also referred to as air-source heat pumps, these systems utilize an indoor mounted fan unit with an outdoor unit that is smaller than your traditional air conditioning unit. With a ductless mini-split system, you can cool and heat your home.

If you are considering a ductless mini-split system, you may be wondering about the benefits, or even the purpose. Depending on your home, you may be able to gain multiple advantages just by installing a single unit.

Advantages of Ductless Mini-Split Systems

  • Energy Efficient – These systems feature a high efficiency SEER rating up to as high as 24.00. Because there are no ducts, these systems lose less of their cooling than forced-air systems. All of that means lower utility bills for you.
  • No Ducts Required – A ductless mini system can be used where you have no duct work or just in areas where it is not practical. Instead, small tubes run through an opening in the wall, allowing refrigerant to be cycled through the lines from the inside unit to the outside condenser, quietly distributing air. In the winter, your system works like a heater, quietly exchanging cool air for heated air.
  • Excellent Space Savers – Mini-split systems are great for homes that cannot put in large ductwork into the ceilings or walls. These systems not only give you more space to work with, but can help you design a room or addition with ease.
  • Better Control – You have room-by-room control with these systems. That means you are not paying to heat a room that is not occupied.
  • Better Air Quality – Duct work is a known contributor for allowing and distributing dust, dander and other allergens into the home. Because these systems do not use ducts, you can improve your indoor air quality, which is especially helpful if you or a loved one in your home suffers from allergies or asthma.

Ductless mini split systems are a practical solution for many homes, but you should consult a professional before deciding whether to install one for your heating and cooling needs.

CLICK HERE to contact the team at Bi-County Fuels, Inc. today or call 215-822-0515. We will conduct a thorough assessment to determine whether a ductless mini-split system is suitable for your home.

A few years ago, adding air conditioning to an older home required a significant investment. Today, with the help of the right team of professionals, you can easily retrofit your older home with a new air conditioning unit and also make your home more energy efficient.

One of the biggest challenges for older homes is their ceiling height, and the fact they have limited space to install traditional ductwork for an HVAC system. Even if a home had the wiggle room, installing ductwork could require tearing out old plaster ceilings and walls, damaging original hardwood floors and even requiring the owner to replace treasured wainscoting features.

How to Add Air Conditioning to Your Older Home
There are a few ways you can add air conditioning to your older home. It is up to you to decide on the amount of work you are willing to get done to be comfortable.

Ductwork or No Ductwork? First, you will need to decide if you want to go through the hassle of installing ductwork, or if your home’s structure can even handle the job. While all retrofit jobs require some patching and cleaning, a ductless system may be your best option. These systems require little carpentry repairs and can be retrofitted without the need for bulky ductwork.

Do You Want a Whole House or Localized Control?
If you do not occupy or use every room in the house, you may want a mini-split ductless system. This gives you individualized control over each room so you are not paying to heat or cool the entire house.

What is your budget? Installing a traditional air conditioning unit, complete with ductwork, will require a significant investment. Not only will you have to pay to repair the damage done by adding the ducts, but you may need to update your home’s electrical wiring just to handle a new HVAC unit. Older houses often only have 110-volt, 60 amp systems to power the entire house. A new, dedicated central air conditioner may require as much as 230-volt circuits and 20 to 50 amps of power to run.

Consult a Professional to Decide Which Option is Right for Your Home
Sometimes consulting a professional is the only way to decide which system is right for you. You can get quotes on both options to compare them and see what fits within your budget, but also see what type of system is best to cool your home with maximum efficiency. Because older homes have limited insulation, a traditional air conditioning unit may waste more cool air than it actually gives you for home comfort.

If you want to retrofit your older home for air conditioning, contact the experienced team at Bi-County Fuels today! We have over 25 years of experience helping homeowners in Bucks and Montgomery County, PA find the right solution with or without ductwork. Click to Contact Us or call 215-822-0515.

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