The Ultimate 2023 Guide to Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pumps 

What is a Mini-Split Heat-Pump?

Ductless heat pumps, or mini split heat pumps, are an alternative to radiator or baseboard heating, as well as a replacement for window units for cooling.

But what exactly allows a mini-split heat pump to do its job so well? Let’s take a look.

While a conventional central air conditioner generates cold air at a single point and distributes air via ducts throughout the house, mini-splits don’t need full-sized air ducts to work and use an individual fan and evaporator unit for each room as needed.

Mini-split heat pumps are also known as ductless mini-split air conditioners, ductless ACs, or mini-split air conditioning systems and do not rely on ducts for transferring heat.

Besides, unlike central conventional systems that run typically on oil derivatives, ductless mini-split systems use electricity that can be sourced from renewable energy, such as solar, which makes them environment friendly and their running costs more economical and more predictable than oil-based counterparts.

Panasonic Mini-Split
Panasonic Mini-Split

What are the Components of Ductless Heat-pump Mini-split Units?

Mini-split heating systems have two primary units consisting of an outdoor compressor and an indoor evaporator. The indoor unit maintains the room temperature by ventilating warm/cold air while the outdoor unit ejects the unwanted heat generated during the process.

They are a compact and flexible heating plus cooling option as compared to regular HVAC frameworks dependent on ducts to diffuse conditioned air throughout living spaces. Mini-split heat pumps are also known as ductless mini-split air conditioners, ductless ACs, or mini-split air conditioning systems and do not rely on ducts for transferring heat.

Ductless mini-splits Odor and Bacteria Inhibiting Capabilities

While central cooling and heating systems require annual cleaning and maintenance, many ductless mini-split systems have air-purifying technology that is of enhances the house’s or business’s air quality.

For example, according to research done by Panasonic, air conditioners with Panasonic’s proprietary NanoX deodorize while also inhibiting up to 99% of common viruses and bacteria.

Ductless Mini-Split Systems’ State & Utility Rebates

There are a number of ways you can save big on your mini-split system!

Some states are offering rebates of up to $10,000. For example, if you live in Massachusetts, you likely qualify for huge savings under the Mass Save Program. Local energy companies and utilities, including National Grid and Eversource, also offer rebates for customers installing mini-split systems. Contact the NuWatt Energy team today to see how much you will be able to save with mini-split incentive programs!

Why Choose a Mini-Split System over Traditional Central Air or AC Units?

Mini-splits are one of the most energy-efficient heating and cooling options available. Traditional systems generally lose 20-30% of energy through ductwork, but this can be avoided entirely through mini-splits. Also, mini-splits operate using a variable speed compressor that automatically adjusts to provide the amount of heating or cooling needed. This is more efficient than traditional systems which turn themselves on and off during use to maintain a temperature.

Not only does high energy efficiency mean less environmental impact, but it also means energy cost savings. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates you can save as much as 30% on your energy bill through mini-split systems.

Installation of mini-split systems do not require any ductwork, meaning that installations are simple. You can also avoid the expensive costs of installing ductwork, especially if your home does not have an existing duct system.

Several indoor units can be installed throughout your house which gives you increased control over the temperature of each individual room or space. Panasonic also offers an app that connects to your units, allowing you to monitor and control your mini-split system anytime, anywhere.

Mini-split systems are extremely quiet. Also, once the main unit is installed, you can choose from a variety of indoor unit options to blend in with each room’s style and needs.

Many newer mini-split systems offer technology to filter air from pollutants, mold, and allergens to keep your home healthy.

There are a number of incentives available to encourage switching to a mini-split system. You can get federal rebates for the cost of your system. Local utilities often offer rebates as well. The NuWatt Energy team can help you take advantage of these opportunities to maximize the cost-effectiveness of your new mini-split system.

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