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Most homeowners are familiar with traditional HVAC systems with ducts, and you might not even know that ductless systems are an option. Or maybe you’re well aware of ductless systems because you have a townhome, cabin, or other limited living space where ductwork can’t be installed.

Leave it to the experts at Furnace Doctors to explain the various heating and cooling systems and help you choose the right installation for your home!

What Is a Ductless HVAC System?

Ductless systems go by several names, including mini splits and heat pumps. These are all the same thing; A ductless system is a heat pump.

It’s also called a mini-split because it is made up of two parts, one (or more) for handling indoor air and the other that acts as the outdoor compressor. The indoor unit(s) are connected to the outdoor compressor via electrical and refrigerant lines.

The indoor unit(s) is usually wall-mounted, delivering heated or cooled air directly into the living space – no ductwork required!

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How Does a Ductless System Work?

Like a traditional HVAC system with ducts, ductless systems use refrigerant to cool or heat air. When a ductless system is heating a zone, the refrigerant absorbs heat from outdoors to heat indoors. Conversely, when a ductless system is cooling a zone, the refrigerant absorbs heat from indoors to release outdoors.

The difference is how the cooled or heated air is distributed throughout your home. Rather than traveling through ducts, it’s dispersed directly into the room or “zone” you want to heat/cool.

This method of heat transfer – which works even in Minnesota’s freezing weather – is powered by electricity. It is much greener than conventional systems, which burn fossil fuels during heating.

Single Zone vs. Whole Home

Ductless systems can be used for heating and cooling a single zone in your home or whole-house heating and cooling. It’s the smartest way to heat and cool any space!

A single-zone system is designed to provide heating and cooling to one specific area, such as an attic, basement, garage, sunroom, or new home addition. Once you set your desired temperature, the system will quietly maintain it while using the least amount of energy needed.

A multi-zone system combines one outdoor unit with multiple indoor units to provide comfort for your entire home. Each unit can be controlled independently, giving you the option to not cool and heat unused rooms for additional energy savings.

Why Consider a Ductless System for Your Home?

For some homes, ductwork isn’t an option, making a heat pump (aka mini-split or ductless) ideal for any living environment with space demands, such as a townhome, row house, log cabin, or tiny home.

Even if you already have ductwork and a traditional HVAC system, you might consider adding a ductless system to enhance your comfort and indoor air quality. A good example is when you build an addition to your home and don’t want to add more ductwork to heat and cool that room.

But perhaps the biggest advantage is energy savings because ductless systems only use the exact amount of energy required. You might compare it to a car’s cruise control; The system continuously monitors the zone for changes in temperature and varies the compressor speed, which reduces power consumption for energy savings.

Conventional systems start and stop repetitively, wasting energy. Ductless is up to 40% more efficient than traditional systems, which will help reduce your monthly utility bills.

Why We Recommend Mitsubishi Electric

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At Furnace Doctors, we recommend Mitsubishi Electric’s technologically advanced mini-split heating and air conditioning systems. These units feature all-climate heat pumps and a variety of indoor unit styles to reflect the cooling and heating requirements, aesthetics, and purpose of your space.

Each indoor unit is equipped with filters to directly improve your air quality by cleaning the air of allergens, dust, viruses, and bacteria. The filters are washable and last up to 10 years, saving you money on maintenance.

Select indoor units include a smart sensor that can detect and eliminate cold or hot spots and can determine whether a room is occupied. You’ll also be able to control your comfort and easily monitor energy usage and consumption no matter which controller you choose. There’s even an app you can connect to do it from your smartphone.

The outdoor units operate as low as 46 decibels – the level of a typical conversation. Not to mention the space-saving compact design that comes in a variety of sizes. Say goodbye to your ugly and noisy conventional A/C!

Mitsubishi Electric’s products provide superior comfort, lower energy costs, zero emissions, and ultra-quiet heating and air conditioning in any climate. You will enjoy cleaner air and superior control of cooling, heating, and your monthly utility bill.

Along with being quiet, intelligent, and efficient, Mitsubishi Electric systems provide extraordinary service life for a lower cost of ownership.

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Heating & Cooling Solutions for Any Space

Mitsubishi Electric products provide a better way to heat and cool any room, any home, anywhere. It’s the top selling brand of zoned air conditioning and heating systems.

Add a wall, ceiling, or floor mounted unit to heat and cool any space in your home – or your entire house!

  • All-electric homes
  • Basements
  • Bedrooms that are too hot or too cold
  • Boiler-heated homes
  • Exercise rooms
  • Garages
  • Home additions
  • Home offices
  • Homes that need a quieter HVAC solution
  • Homes that need better efficiency
  • Homes without ductwork
  • Man caves
  • Net-zero and high-performance homes
  • Oil, propane, or gas-heated homes
  • Rooms over garages
  • She sheds
  • Sunrooms
  • Tiny homes
  • Whole homes

Will a Heat Pump Really Work in Minnesota?

Even in outside temperatures as cold as -13º F, Mitsubishi Electric’s Hyper-Heating INVERTER® (H2i®) technology will keep your home or business comfortable.

Well-suited for climates in the northern half of the United States, H2i systems continue to provide heating when temperatures drop well below zero.

It’s never been easier to keep everyone in your home comfortable without spending a fortune on energy bills!

Get a Quote for Ductless Installation in the Twin Cities Area

With more than 40 years of experience serving the Twin Cities area, Furnace Doctors is your local resource for expert HVAC solutions. Our services include maintenance, repair, and installation that homeowners can trust.

To learn more about ductless systems, explore financing options, and get a free quote, call us today at 651-789-3082, or click here to do it online!

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