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When it comes to heating and cooling homes around Haverhill, most people think of furnaces and air conditioners using ducts to heat and cool the entire home. If you spend most of your time in only one or two rooms, you might find yourself spending more on energy costs because you are heating and cooling parts of the house you aren’t using.

Mini-splits systems offer a ductless HVAC option that allows you to control the temperature in individual rooms or across multiple rooms, depending on your preferences. A mini-split system typically consists of a wall-mounted indoor unit with an outside compressor., The indoor air handlers can also be suspended from the ceiling or mounted into drop ceilings. As a result, mini-split systems are a perfect choice for climate control in bedrooms, enclosed porches, home offices and more.

Here are just a few of the benefits that mini-split systems can offer homes:

Adequate coverage: Mini-split systems make it easy to individually target rooms or zones of your house, providing comfort to meet your specific needs.

Space efficiency: The convenience of mini-split systems starts with the size of the units. Significantly smaller than traditional HVAC systems, mini-splits have a very small footprint. Wall-mounted units are usually installed above eye-level and can seamlessly blend in to any space. The outdoor units can operate efficiently up to 50 feet away from your home. Because of their smaller size, mini-split systems also produce much less noise than traditional HVAC systems, meaning you’ll enjoy quiet comfort.

Easy to install: Since they aren’t connected to duct work, mini-split systems can be easily integrated to your home. Building a new addition to your house or remodeling your attic? Mini-splits are a great solution both in terms of cost and building impact. They can easily be added to hydronic systems (hot water heating), space heaters, radiant panels and used in tandem.

Less likely to create air leakage: Window units also offer targeted cooling to rooms. But because of the way they are installed, window units can produce air leakage around the unit in the window frame. Mini-splits require only a small hole to be drilled into the wall to connect the unit to the room. This makes mini-units less likely to create air leakage in your home and decreases potential security problems that window units might cause.

Easy to customize and extend: If you’re looking to add comfort to multiple rooms, one outdoor unit can handle up to four separate indoor units. You would only need one outdoor installation for up to four spaces in your home. You can easily add timers and built-in sleep functions to make your home more energy efficient and further fine-tune your home comfort as well.

Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone offers high-quality mini-split system options that allow you to personalize your comfort. If you have questions about installation or other benefits of mini-split systems or would like to take a look at our equipment options, you can speak with a Climate Zone certified technician by calling 978-872-1190. You can also schedule an appointment with us online and we’d be happy to come look at your home and determine if a mini-split system is right for your home’s needs.

When it comes cooling or heating your Haverhill-area home, energy efficiency makes a big difference to both the environment and your monthly power bills.

If you’re spending most of your time in only one or two rooms, why spend money cooling or heating the entire house? Having an HVAC system that can work where and when you want it can make a big difference to your bottom line.

That’s where mini-split systems come in. Mini-splits combine an evaporator and a condenser, using puron refrigerant and change-phases, to provide heating or cooling. Puron is a less harmful refrigerant than Freon, which most people associate with HVAC systems. This environmentally friendlier solution has been approved by the EPA and is the world’s first long-term solution to ozone depletion.

Essentially, mini-split systems are high-efficiency air conditioners that can also run in reverse to heat the home. The condenser is usually located outdoors and distributes refrigerant through copper tubing, which is connected to one or more indoor outlets (which combine an evaporator and air handler).

Instead of running air through ducts that can leak heated or cooled air, mini-splits use copper tubing and smaller units to allow air to more efficiently reach its intended target. That gives you both energy savings and the ability to target the areas of your home that are most in need of cooling and heating.

While mini-split systems won’t work for every home out there (they won’t perform well in homes that have heavy heating and cooling needs), properly sealed and insulated mini-splits are ideal for smaller homes and apartments, or homes where only certain rooms need heating/cooling.

Here are five things that can make mini-splits the right choice for your space:

  1. Easy to Install
    While expanding ductwork can be difficult (not to mention expensive), installing a mini-split in is much less stressful. Installation requires a small, three-inch hole in the wall and a relatively small area to mount the indoor unit. And, with copper piping and other conduits available in a variety of lengths, outdoor units can be placed up to 50 feet away from the indoor evaporator.
  2. Improved Energy Efficiency
    Mentioned before, but it bears repeating: ducts can lose up to 30 percent of generated air making its way to vents, but ductless mini-splits save energy by ensuring more heated or cooled air reaches its destination.
  3. Air to Individual Rooms/Zones
    And that destination can be a lot more specific thanks to mini-splits. Placing individual air-handling units in specific rooms of your home gives you to greater control of the temperature in those rooms than you’d have setting a thermostat to uniformly heat or cool the entire house. This gives you more comfort where and when you need it the most and boosts your savings on energy costs. Couple a mini-split with good home insulation and that impact on savings will only increase.
  4. Placement Options
    With its smaller size and flexible coupling options, a mini-split won’t affect your interior design. Other add-on systems might limit placement possibilities, but mini-split air-handlers can be affixed to a wall, suspended from the ceiling, or even mounted into a drop ceiling. Floor models can also be beneficial in certain circumstances.
  5. Customization
    That flexibility also extends to mini-split features. Timers and built-in sleep options give yet another way for mini-split owners to tailor their home comfort, while saving money on energy costs when compared to a traditional HVAC system with a thermostat.

Mini-splits may be for homeowners looking for an efficient HVAC solution that meets their specific needs. Talk to the professionals at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone today to determine if a mini-split system is the right choice for your home. Our professionals are available 24/7 and you can reach us by phone at (978) 912-7677 or use our handy online scheduler.

When most people think about heating and cooling their homes, furnaces and air conditioners come to mind–which use ducts to heat and cool Haverhill homes. But what if there was an easier way to manage hot and cold areas in your home and concentrate your HVAC activity?

Mini-splits systems are ductless pieces of equipment that allow you to control the air temperature in individual rooms or across multiple rooms, depending on your preferences. They typically consist of a wall-mounted indoor unit with an outside compressor, but the indoor air handlers can also be suspended from the ceiling or mounted into drop ceilings. They are great for bedrooms, enclosed porches, home offices and more.

People sometimes forget about mini-splits as a heating and cooling option, but they offer a lot of benefits to a home:

  • First and foremost, mini-split systems adequately heat individual rooms or zones, providing unique and individualized comfort throughout your home.
  • Mini-splits are small and quiet—that means you’ll hardly notice them. Wall-mounted units are usually installed above eye-level and can seamlessly blend in to any space while the outdoor units can operate efficiently up to 50 feet away from your home.
  • They are easy to install, and allow you to heat and cool rooms in your home that aren’t connected to ductwork—like a new addition or a remodeled attic. They can easily be added to hydronic systems (hot water heat), space heaters and radiant panels and used in tandem.
  • Unlike window units, mini-splits require only a small hole to be drilled into the wall. This makes them less likely to create air leakage in your home and decreases potential security problems that window units might cause.
  • If you’re looking to add comfort to multiple rooms, one outdoor unit can handle up to four separate indoor units, meaning that you would only need one outdoor installation for up to four spaces in your home.
  • Mini-split systems are easy to customize—you can easily add timers and built-in sleep functions to make your home more energy efficient and further fine-tune your home comfort.

Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone offers high-quality mini-split system options that allow you to personalize your comfort. We understand that mini-split systems aren’t as well-known as furnaces or air conditioning systems. So, if you have questions about installation or other benefits of mini-split systems, or would like to take a look at our equipment options, speak with a Climate Zone certified technician by calling 978-872-1190. You can also schedule an appointment with us online and we’d be happy to come look at your home and determine if a mini-split system is right for your home’s needs.