What are ductless mini splits? They're climate control units that don't use ductwork. They work well in home additions where no ducts are connected, as well as in historic homes whose original construction makes them hard to alter without changing the structural integrity of a building. Ductless mini splits can be used in almost any dwelling since they're so small and compact.

Convenient and Economical Home Climate Control There are many convenient advantages to using ductless mini splits. First and foremost, they're great green alternatives to central heating and cooling units, using only a small proportion of energy compared to larger forced air systems. They only need to be used in rooms that have occupants, and they're cost efficient in that you're not paying for the energy spent used to heat unoccupied rooms like guest rooms. Though they're set up in individual rooms, like space heaters, they use less energy and don't present the same fire safety risks that space heaters do. Also, ductless mini splits don't blow in merely one direction in one specific area. They blow warm air onto the cold air that's low near the floor and warm it, evenly distributing heat. Getting the Most Heating Efficiency out of a Ductless Mini Split

  • If ceiling fans are present, operating a ceiling fan in the clockwise direction will help disperse warm air near the ceiling downward so that it will recirculate.
  • It's important to make sure that rooms already have thorough insulation. Whether it's wall insulation or sealing off windows, a room must be properly insulated for the best heating outcomes.
  • Situate the outdoor component of the ductless mini split so that it's out of the way of snow. They must be raised off the ground at least two feet and have their own little roof so they don't get covered in snow.

If you'd like to learn more about how ductless mini splits can be used to heat or cool your home with optimum performance, or if you have questions about them in general, contact the pros at Gilman Heating & Cooling. We're proud to serve homeowners in and around the Virginia communities of Richmond, Ashland, Chesterfield, Hanover and Glen Allen.

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