The Boston area is home to some of the nation’s most beautiful and historic buildings. However, many of the homes and apartments in this area of the country feature older construction as well, which limits the ability of renters and homeowners to enjoy central heating and air conditioning. Renovating and updating a home or building to accommodate the ductwork necessary for a central HVAC system can be costly and time-consuming, as well as disrupting to daily tasks during this process. Fortunately, there is an alternative—mini-split HVAC systems provide multi-room heating and cooling without the need to install ductwork at all.
How Mini-Split HVAC Systems Work
Mini-split HVAC systems are capable of heating and cooling multiple rooms at once, but don’t require the same ductwork as a central HVAC system. Instead, a mini-split HVAC system consists of an outdoor condenser or heat pump, which is attached to a separate air handler in each room you want conditioned via cabling to carry refrigerant back and forth. This cabling typically requires only a three-inch hole in the wall or ceiling and can be threaded through the dead spaces of your home easily to any location within your property. A single outdoor unit can typically supply heating and cooling for four or five rooms, and multiple outdoor air conditioners or heat pumps can be installed to supply conditioned air to more rooms if necessary. Inside your home, you can activate each air handler separately via a remote, allowing you to easily heat or cool a single room or multiple rooms, depending on your preferences and needs.
Major Benefits of Mini-Split HVAC Systems
Installing a mini-split HVAC system can offer your older home several benefits. One of the biggest advantages of mini-split HVAC systems is their lack of ductwork. Without ductwork, these heating and cooling systems are easy, fast, and inexpensive to install, and often require just one to two days for complete installation. Over time, the lack of ducts means that your mini-split HVAC system cannot develop the same duct losses associated with older ductwork that reduces HVAC efficiency and requires costly repairs. A mini-split HVAC system gives you the ability to heat and cool several rooms simultaneously or one at a time, which is also known as HVAC zoning. This technique allows you to maximize your energy savings by reducing heating and cooling in rooms where it isn’t needed, and instead of expending energy only to condition the rooms you currently occupy. The indoor air handling units associated with mini-split systems are sleek and silent; they can be mounted on walls or ceilings to minimize their profile and controlled via remote to completely customize your indoor environment.
Are you ready to find out how a mini-split HVAC system can change the way you heat and cool your Boston home? We can help you evaluate your current and future space conditioning needs, then aid you with the selection and installation of the HVAC system that is just right for you. If you’d like more details about our products and services, you’ll find them on our comprehensive website, as well as additional blog articles outlining new HVAC technology and energy-saving tips.