Business needs change almost constantly. When those changing needs include your building layout things can get tricky. How do you turn a storage room into additional office space?
More than likely you would need to add air conditioning to the new space since storage rooms do not typically have enough heating or cooling to keep people comfortable. This could mean a significant expense considering the need to install a new unit and the associated duct-work.
But wait! Today you have another very good option called the Ductless Mini Split System.
Ductless Mini Split systems do not require any ductwork. In fact, conduit containing all the power cables and the refrigerant lines only requires about a 3-inch hole in the wall.
If placement of the indoor air handling units is of a concern reasons, a ductless mini split is limited only by the length of the cables and pipes that connect it to the outdoor heat pump unit. Air handling units, and associated heating and cooling, can be placed nearly anywhere. Even in places beyond your reach since many manufacturers offer remote controls for these units.
The air handling units can be installed in a variety of methods depending on how visible you want them to be. You can hang them on a wall, ceiling or inset them in the ceiling or wall.
Mini splits are also an excellent choice for zoning in which indoor spaces are segmented into individual areas, or zones, that receiving heating and cooling distinct from surrounding zones. Each air handler has its own thermostat, which allows a precise level of temperature control. These can provide heating and cooling to areas where conventional air conditioning system just cannot be used.
The traditional split system has one outside condensing unit and one inside furnace/coil unit. The Ductless Mini Split can have many inside units attached to a single outside unit. These units operate similarly to the way a heat pump runs. That means in very cold environments additional heat will be needed since heat pump tend not to be very effective when outside temperatures fall below 20 degrees.
The Ductless Mini Split is also very energy efficient thanks to being closely related to the heat pump. When you combine the energy savings you’ll get over the life of the unit with the reduced cost of installation Mini Split systems can make great sense.
Part of the efficiency comes from the fact that they are ductless. Duct work can leak and allow heat loss or gain while the conditioned air is moving from the unit to the space.
It is easy to see why Ductless Mini Splits are gaining in popularity. Consider these benefits:
- The restrictions are minimal
- Extremely easy to install
- Can fit almost any configuration
- Very energy efficient
- Minimal space requirements