Whether you're looking for heating and cooling options for a garage, sunroom, or some other form of home add-on, a Mitsubishi ductless system, also known as ductless mini splits, could be the solution. As the name implies, these systems don’t require ductwork, so they’re suitable for areas where extending or installing ducts simply isn’t feasible. Consider the following factors to determine if these specific Mitsubishi air conditioning units are the right choice for your home.
When compared to traditional systems, ductless heat and air conditioning options require up to 40 percent less energy, notes Mitsubishi Electric. This is thanks in part to the 3D i-See Sensor, which not only measures the room’s size but also monitors the placement of the occupants. The ductless hvac system then heats or cools the room based on your presence or absence.
You can also choose to connect the system to your electronics, such as a smart phone, so if you forgot to adjust the temperature before leaving home, you can do so while on the go.
The result is an eventual decrease in your monthly energy bills, as you’re no longer spending as much money to condition the air in vacant areas.
The air ducts in standard heating and cooling systems often require professional maintenance. In addition to dust and other allergens, loose items can get stuck in ducts and cause further complications.
Ductless systems require far less maintenance. Simply open the system door and remove the multi-stage filtration screens. Hand wash and dry them, then return them to the system. Special screens, such as deodorizing ones, should be replaced altogether. Although this is a quick and simple process, you’ll need to do this about once every two weeks to ensure the system remains in good condition, especially if the filter is collecting pet dander or exposed to cigarette smoke.
Time & Cost
Ductless AC and heating units will initially cost more than a window unit or baseboard heating unit; however, the upfront cost is often recovered in later energy savings. Note that the exact dollar amount of your energy savings will vary depending on factors such as your climate, electricity rates, and system use.
The national average for a ductless system installation in a 2,000-square-foot home sits at about $2,500, according to Fixr.com. The cost will vary depending on the system’s BTUs, as well as the number of rooms you want to condition. In most cases, installation of a ductless heating and air system can be completed in less than a day
If you are replacing a ducted system first, this could also add to the time and cost of the project.
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