Are you dreading the thought of three-digit days? With summer just around the corner, now is the best time to finally have an air conditioning unit installed in your home.

If your home is not equipped with ductwork, there’s no need to worry. Depending on your situation, a ductless mini split might be the best option for you.

What is a Ductless Mini Split?

A ductless mini split is a single air conditioning unit that can be installed in almost any room of your home, even if it is not connected to the ductwork. These units also come in a variety of styles that can be installed in different places throughout the room.

The unit itself is linked to an outdoor compressor, which creates the cool air that is distributed by the mini-split. It has the flexibility to be used either by itself or in conjunction with other air conditioning systems.

Should you get a ductless mini split? Here are the pros and cons:

The Pros of Getting a Ductless Mini Split

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Ductless mini splits are some of the most efficient systems on the market, compared to other A/C options. The units utilize inverter technologies that make them more energy efficient, which is not only eco-friendly, but also allows you to save on energy costs.

If you’re looking for an air conditioning unit that is good for the environment and your wallet, a ductless mini split might be the right choice for you.

Built-in Zoning

A big plus of having a ductless mini split system in your home is that it allows you to cool each room differently depending on that room’s temperature needs. Since the units are not connected, you can have one unit running while another is off.

If the people in your residence require different temperatures to be comfortable, installing ductless mini splits in each room would be a perfect way to satisfy everyone’s needs.

No need for ductwork

Ductless mini splits, as the name suggests, don’t require ducts. Since these units can be attached directly to a wall or floor, they can be put in houses that don’t have ductwork or inside rooms that are not connected to the rest of the house’s ductwork.

This advantage makes ductless mini splits a good option for garages and attics, as well as separate buildings on the property, such as guest houses or ADUs.

The Cons of Getting a Ductless Mini Split

Not as good for large homes

A ductless mini-split is good for cooling a single room or a small house, but when it comes to cooling a large home, you might want to go with a system that can distribute cool air throughout your house all at once. That way, you don’t have to buy multiple units and manage each unit individually.

While you can put a mini split system into each room in your house, it is more economical to do this for a small home than a large one.

Less filtration than central air

Unfortunately, ductless mini splits do not have the filtration capacity that ducted filtration systems possess. While carbon inserts and air purifiers can be added to the system, their effectiveness can vary.

If excellent air quality is a must-have for your home, you may want to look into other alternatives.

High installation cost

Any air conditioning system you buy will come with a cost, and a ductless mini split is no different. While the energy-efficient units do not cost as much to run, their installation costs are a different story, as they can run from $3500 to $8500.

If you are looking for a system with a lower up-front cost, a ductless mini split may not be the right fit for your financial situation.

Find the Best Air Conditioning for Your Home With Paragon

Paragon is proud of our many years serving the Pacific Northwest community, and our experienced technicians are ready to help you find and install the right units for your living situation.

Don’t go another year without air conditioning. Still unsure if a ductless mini split is right for your home? Contact our staff today with your questions.