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The Benefits Of Installing A Ductless Mini Split System Vs. A Window Unit AC

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During the summer months in Tidewater, it gets hot. Keeping cool is the name of the game. For many homeowners across the region, it takes more than an oscillating fan and a freezer full of popsicles to keep cool. An air conditioner is required to keep indoor temperatures comfortable. Sometimes, even with a whole home HVAC system, there are areas of the home that continue to stay warmer than what is comfortable.

Garages, sunrooms, second story spaces, rooms over the garage, rooms with extreme direct sunlight, are spaces that typically struggle to stay as cool as the rest of the home. They require an additional cooling unit to keep pace with the comfortable temperature of the rest of the house. While many homeowners may opt for a simple window AC unit to cool tough to cool spaces, there are several benefits of installing a ductless mini split system vs a window unit. With increased energy efficiency, enhanced comfort, quiet operation, improved indoor air quality, and aesthetic appeal, it’s no wonder that ductless mini split systems have emerged as a superior choice to cool zones in your home. ​

Mini Splits Are Energy Efficient

With Energy Star certification, Mitsubishi Mini Split Systems are energy efficient. They have a reduced carbon footprint versus older traditional HVAC systems that require freon.

Ductless Mini Split Systems use R410A which is a zero-ozone depletion chemical. In addition to a lower carbon footprint, ductless mini split systems also use advanced inverter technology, which adjusts the compressor’s speed based on the cooling requirements. This technology allows for precise cooling and reduces energy consumption, resulting in potential cost savings and energy efficiency in the long run.

While window units can cool small spaces, they may not offer the same level of energy efficiency as ductless mini split systems. The cooling performance can be affected by factors such as the unit’s size and the room’s insulation.

The Benefits Of Installing A Ductless Mini Split System Vs. A Window Unit AC

Mini Splits Offer Enhanced Comfort

Because ductless mini split systems function as an HVAC system for a particular zone, they provide unparalleled comfort and flexibility compared to window unit air conditioners. Like programable thermostat HVAC unit, ductless mini splits offer precise temperature regulations. They maintain consistent cooling without the temperature fluctuations commonly experienced with window units. The advanced thermostat technology of ductless systems ensures a more stable and comfortable indoor environment which enhances your overall comfort.

Wall Mounted Mini Split | Mitsubishi Electric

Mini Splits Offer Improved Indoor Air Quality

Another significant advantage of ductless mini split systems is their ability to improve indoor air quality. Because ductless systems are equipped with advanced filtration systems, they trap airborne particles like dust, pollen, mold spores, and even pet dander. Window unit ACs typically just circulate air from the outside, pulling allergens, dust, and pollutants from outside into your home. The filtration process of the mini split helps to create a healthier indoor air quality environment than the window unit AC without an air filtration system.

filtration system of mini split

Mini Splits Operate Quietly

Mini splits are generally quieter than window units. Advances in technology allow for a quieter design of the Mini Split Ductless System than a traditional window unit. Mini Splits have both an indoor and outdoor element. The outdoor element houses the compressor unit. The compressor unit is the noisiest element of the unit. The main source of noise being located away from the living areas allows the ductless mini split to be a quieter cooling option. The indoor unit of the mini split operates as low as decibels that are quieter than a human whisper. The outdoor unit of the mini split operates at decibels that are as quiet as background music.

Window units are generally considered to be moderately noisy. The noise level typically falls between a range of 50 to 60 decibels which is comparable to the sound of a normal conversation or background noise in an office space.

Mini Splits Have Aesthetic Appeal

The mini split systems are sleek in design and attractive in your space. Ductless mini split systems have both an indoor and outdoor component requiring a small hole connecting the two elements through refrigerant lines. The indoor element can be placed in a discreet, unobtrusive location in the space avoiding alterations to your windows.

Window units are clunky, bulky units that prevent the normal use of the window it is positioned in. Because window units require mounting into a window, they obstruct the view and limit the natural light you would otherwise have in that window space.

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Keeping Your Space Cool: A Ductless Mini Split System vs. A Window Unit AC

While window unit air conditioners have been a popular choice for homeowners over the years, ductless mini split systems are becoming increasingly the preferred choice. Ductless Mini Splits are a more preferred choice because they offer increased energy efficiency, enhanced comfort, a quieter operation, improved indoor air quality, and aesthetic appeal.

If you have a space that is difficult to heat or cool, a ductless mini split may be your best option. Read more details about the benefits of a Ductless Mini Split System and determine if a mini split system is right for you.

Woman with remote to mini split system

Call The Experts

​When you are looking for a solution to cool a space in your home and are considering a Mini-Split System, whether it’s for their energy efficiency, enhanced comfort, quieter operation, improved indoor air quality, or aesthetic appeal one thing is sure – Smith & Keene’s HVAC team is the premier technician team to expertly set up your ideal heating and cooling solution.

Call Smith & Keene today for a free consultation to help you in determining the best solution in a new heating and cooling system to keep your home comfortable.

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