Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pumps: How Do They Work?

As the spring weather gives way to hot, humid summer days, many Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut homeowners are considering the best possible ways to keep their homes comfortable throughout the changing seasons. At FSi Oil and Propane, we make it our business to be at the forefront of helping our customers find home comfort solutions that work for them. Mini-split heat pumps offer versatility and convenience for homeowners by supplying highly efficient cooled (or heated air) without needing existing ductwork. Keep reading to learn how mini-split heat pumps work and the unique benefits that these systems can provide.

What Is a Ductless Mini-Split?

With warmer weather rapidly approaching, keeping cool is at the top of mind this season. Since many homes in our area may not have existing central A/C, the perfect alternative is to instead opt for energy-efficient mini-splits!  These systems are composed of an outdoor unit and one or more indoor units. These units work together to cool your entire home or selected rooms efficiently. Many models have a heating attachment that provides supplementary heating which makes mini-splits excellent for both the winter and summer months.

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How Do Mini-Split Heat Pumps Work?

Mini-split heat pumps are HVAC systems that combine ductless design with the ability to heat and cool rooms in your home by transferring outside air through refrigerant lines. Since these systems do not require existing ductwork, they are the perfect option to add A/C or supplemental heat to select rooms in your home, renovated spaces, additions, and more! Benefits of combined mini-split heat pumps include:

  • Low-cost heating and cooling
  • Zoned temperature control
  • Remote-controlled operation
  • Whisper-quiet sound and sleek design
  • Increased home comfort and resale value

Our FSi HVAC pros proudly install top-rated Samsung, Fujitsu, Trane, Bosch, and Ecoer mini-split heat pumps. Get a FREE installation estimate today!

Mini-Split Heat Pumps FAQs

1. Is a mini-split cheaper than a heat pump?

Since mini-split units do not require the installation of ductwork, installation is usually much cheaper than forced-air HVAC system installation.

2. Do mini-splits use a lot of electricity?

Nope! Mini-split heat pumps, especially when tuned up annually, are incredibly energy-efficient and cost-effective to operate.

3. Do you need a mini-split in every room?

It’s up to you! If you already have heating installed in your home, you may only want to use mini-split heat pumps in rooms where you would like supplemental heating or air conditioning. However, you can combine several indoor units for whole-home comfort as opposed to installing traditional HVAC ductwork.

4. How long do mini-splits last?

With regular maintenance from the FSi HVAC team, your new mini-split heat pump can be expected to have a lifespan between 15–20 years.

5. How many hours does it take to install a mini-split?

Depending on the number of units you’d like to install, the size of the space you want to add zoned cooling and heating to, as well as the placement of the unit, it can take anywhere from just a couple of hours or up to a day to get your new ductless heat pump installed and operating to your specifications.

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Install Your New Mini-Split Heat Pump with FSi

At FSi Oil and Propane, we are helping our customers beat the heat and stay comfortable with our highly efficient ductless mini-split systems installations. Get in touch with our team to learn how one of these systems can benefit your home or request a quote here!