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Why You Should Consider Other AC Options: The Ductless Mini-Split System

Posted on July 30, 2015 by Chris Lancaster

AC Options KCKeeping your Kansas City home cool this summer is our top priority here at Lancaster Brothers Heating & Cooling. That’s why we want you to make sure you know all of your options when it comes to air conditioning your home. While many homeowners lean towards traditional air conditioning systems that consist of both an indoor and outdoor unit, there are other cooling systems that can still get you the results you want. Ductless mini-split systems are one option that is becoming increasingly popular today. Here’s everything you need to know about them to make the most informed and best decision for your family and your home.

An Efficient Air Conditioning Option

Ductless mini-split systems are known for being very efficient at cooling your home. These air conditioners are mounted on a wall and don’t require ductwork. Because of their different operational characteristics, ductless mini-splits work well for zoning, meaning they only heat and cool areas you want them to. WIth traditional heating and cooling systems, your home’s comfort depends on heating or cooling the entire house at once, and 25-40% of the efficiency of the system is lost through the ductwork. Ductless mini-splits work in all climate zones and, while expensive, they can be an affordable alternative to having a traditional ducted system installed. If your home already contains ductwork, adding a mini-split system can be more expensive, but it could be worth the tradeoff for lower energy bills thanks to the ductless mini-split system’s high efficiency. Ductless mini-split systems also have a longer lifespan of about 12-15 years.

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Why Ductless Mini-Splits Are a Great Option

One of the best advantages to ductless mini-split systems is that you can control the temperature in individual rooms instead of having to heat or cool the entire house. This means you can be comfortable wherever you are in your home without extremely high energy bills. Some of the many other advantages to the ductless mini-split system include:

  • Less Ductwork – more savings due to less energy loss through ductwork

  • Zoning – heat or cool only the areas you want, not unoccupied rooms

  • High SEER Ratings – better efficiency results in lower utility bills

  • Easy Installation – installation is faster and easier than traditional AC systems

  • Variety – choose from several styles (cassette, compact duct, or wall mounted)

If you think a you want to install a ductless mini-split system in your home, call the air conditioning team you trust at Lancaster Brothers Heating & Cooling at (913) 837-2000.

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