What are the Components of Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pumps?
Mini-split heating systems have two primary units consisting of an outdoor compressor and an indoor evaporator. They consist of an outdoor compressor unit and an indoor air handler that work together to regulate the temperature in each area. This allows homeowners to have precise control over the temperature of each room, without the need for ductwork. The term "split system" comes from the fact that there is both an outdoor unit and an indoor unit(s).
The difference between ducted heat pump systems and traditional AC systems is that heat pumps provide both heating and cooling, while conventional central air systems generally just provide cooling and are often paired with a furnace to send heat through the duct system. While ducted heat pumps are more efficient than traditional central air, they both distribute air through duct systems, making them both much less efficient and flexible than mini-split systems.
They offer the convenience & flexibility of ductless indoor air-handlers along with the heating & cooling power & efficiency of heat pumps. This combination has become so popular that when you hear someone say, "mini-split", "heat pump", or a blend of the two words, it is likely that they’re referring to this powerful type of HVAC system.
One of the biggest benefits of mini-splits is their flexibility and ability to zone heat or cool specific areas of a home or building, rather than heating or cooling the entire space. This allows for greater energy efficiency and cost savings, as well as improved comfort control.
Mini-splits are also easier to install than ducted heat pump systems or central AC systems, as they don't require existing ductwork or extensive renovations. Furthermore, mini-splits are often more reliable and require less maintenance than ducted systems, making them a more convenient option for those who want a worry-free heating and cooling solution.
Additionally, mini-splits are often quieter and more discreet, making them a more appealing option for those looking to maintain the aesthetic of their home or building.