Our homes are full of different airborne pollutants like pollen, dust, dander, mold, and other allergens that can lead to a range of adverse short- and long-term health effects for people of all ages.
Allergens enter your home in many ways but can quickly grow out of control from lack of housekeeping, high humidity, or personal habits. However, if your home has dirty or leaky ductwork, it can further aggravate poor indoor air quality.
Many central heating and cooling systems use ductwork to circulate heated or cooled air throughout a home, but if ducts are not properly cleaned, sealed, or maintained, they can cause homeowners to experience heightened allergies or other respiratory problems.
Fortunately, homeowners have another heating and cooling option that eliminates the need for ductwork altogether: ductless mini split systems.
Continue reading to learn more about ductless mini split systems and how they help reduce indoor air pollutants in your home, in addition to a testimonial on their other benefits from one of our customers.
How do ductless mini split systems work?
Instead of circulating warm or cool air through ductwork from a central unit in a home, ductless mini split systems maintain temperatures through individual air handling units in one or multiple rooms of a house that are connected to an outdoor compressor. This allows homeowners to control temperatures in specific zones of their home without the hassle of installing or maintaining ductwork.
How do ductless mini split systems help people with allergies?
Without proper maintenance or filtration, ducts can be a major source of allergen buildup in your home. Ductless mini split systems eliminate the chance of this potentially large reservoir of contaminants from entering the air, but still have air filters to help improve indoor air quality by removing dust and other microscopic allergens.
What are other benefits of ductless mini splits?
Besides helping indoor air quality, ductless mini splits are more energy efficient because they do not have ducts that could lose effectiveness over time due to leaks or built-up debris. This helps families save money on energy bills while having more temperature control in different areas of their homes.
Additionally, many homes do not have ductwork, especially those with boiler heating systems. Installing ductwork in a home that is already built can be costly, or sometimes not possible at all. Ductless mini splits are more feasible for people who want an effective air conditioning solution over a window unit or other options. Some models also have heat pumps that allow the system to both cool and heat your home, depending on your needs.
Owning a ductless home was the reason Bears Home Solutions customers Joe and Liz Hogberg chose to install a ductless mini split air conditioner four years ago to stay cool in the summer. Liz shared the following testimonial about their system:
“We have water heat in our home, so there were no pre-existing ducts to use for a conventional AC system. We are very impressed with the job it does cooling the house, even on the hottest days of the summer. We have only one (air handling unit) on our system, located on our first floor, and it cools even the furthest corners of the basement.”
Sizing a mini split system will depend on your home’s insulation, the area you want to cool or heat, and the amount of air handlers you want to include. Our expert technicians at Bears Home Solutions can help you determine if a ductless mini split system is right for your home and explore your options. Contact us today to request an appointment!