As the temperatures drop this time of year, it’s hard not to notice if your heat source isn’t providing the comfort control you want. While furnaces are the most common and popular choice for heating, ductless mini-splits are a great alternative.

This option often makes sense for homeowners who lack heating ducts, want to add a cooling option, or would prefer more control over the temperature of individual rooms.

What Is a Ductless Mini-Split?

A ductless mini-split is a heating and cooling system that you can install without traditional ductwork. The indoor units are typically mounted on walls or ceilings in individual rooms of a home. They connect to an outdoor compressor which allows you to heat or cool your space.

When to Use a Ductless Mini-Split

Ductless mini split

If your home (or part of your home) lacks ductwork, a mini-split is the obvious choice. With these units, you won’t need to install more ductwork to have a good heating system.

A ductless mini-split is also a good choice when you want more control over the temperature in different areas of your home. It provides both heating and cooling in one unit. You can control separate areas of your home with a remote control, which makes it easy to keep everyone comfortable without using too much energy on the less frequently used rooms. 

Mini-splits can also be fairly eco-friendly and efficient in smaller spaces. If your old furnace is using a lot of energy and your home isn’t very large, it may be worth looking into mini-split options.

The Pros of Getting a Ductless Mini-Split

Efficiency in small spaces

Mini-splits can sometimes be more efficient due to their lack of ductwork, which is where other heating systems tend to lose energy. They offer customized heating and cooling within specific rooms or areas of your home, which allows them to efficiently keep you comfortable without overworking a whole-house system.

Built-in zoning

A mini-split gives you precise control over the temperature of an individual room. If the downstairs portion of your home is cold while the upstairs is warm, you can run the downstairs unit while the upstairs is off.

If your mini-split is supplementing another heating system, you can focus on mini-split installation in rooms that never reach the right temperature. 

Low cost in certain contexts

Ducted heating and cooling systems are great if your home is equipped for them already. However, the cost-to-value ratio changes for spaces without existing ductwork. Adding ducts can cost a lot of time and money. A mini-split is an excellent alternative that allows you to solve your heating and cooling problems without paying for an entire duct system.

Mini-splits can also be a relatively inexpensive air conditioning solution. With a ductless mini-split, the cost of adding air conditioning to your home is sometimes half as much as with other systems! However, it depends on the unit and the size of the space you are cooling.

The Cons of Getting a Ductless Mini-Split

Not as good for large homes

For homes with a larger floor plan, a mini-split may not provide efficient heat for the entire area. These units are often limited in terms of the heat they can provide, and they may not reach areas that are further away from the unit. You can add more min-split units to fill the gaps, but it’s a good idea to compare the cost with ducted heating systems first.

Less filtration than central air

While ductless systems have air filters, they simply aren’t as powerful as a ducted filtration system. Central air conditioning will keep your home free of allergens, dust, and odors.

You can add air purifiers to your home, but they still might not work as well as a central AC system.

High installation cost in certain contexts

A ductless mini-split can often save you money over installing ductwork in rooms that don’t already have it. However, they are often a more expensive choice for homes that do have ductwork, especially if the home is on the larger side. We recommend doing a cost comparison for your home before you decide what type of heating and cooling system to get.

Ductless Mini-Split Installation With Paragon

Paragon Heating and Home Comfort Solutions can help you install and service many different types of heating and cooling systems. Our expert technicians are here to help you find the best option for your home. Contact us to get a quote or ask questions about your home comfort options.