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Ductless Mini-Splits

If you’re looking for an efficient system to heat and cool a room, home addition, or small home without installing ductwork, a ductless mini-split may be the perfect solution for you! At Waldrop Plumbing — Heating — Air, our NATE-certified technicians are fully trained to service and install these versatile HVAC systems.

For ductless mini-split services in upstate South Carolina, trust the experts at Waldrop. Call us at (864) 536-0887 or contact us online today!

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What Is a Ductless Mini-Split?

A ductless mini-split, also called a ductless HVAC system, is an all-in-one solution to heat and cool a small space without installing or adding to ductwork. Ductless mini-splits enable you to control the climate in individual areas, allowing for more personalized comfort. These systems have two main components: an indoor unit that heats or cools and circulates the air and an outdoor compressor/condenser. One outdoor unit can run multiple indoor units. These systems are easy to install and are perfect for a home addition or converted garage, attic, or basement.

Advantages of Ductless Mini Splits

Ductless mini-splits have many benefits and are the ideal solution for many homeowners in certain circumstances. If you choose a ductless mini-split to heat an area of your home, you’ll enjoy:

  • Zoned comfort – Since each room gets its own indoor unit, you can create a zoned system that allows residents to personalize the temperature in each room.
  • Energy efficiency – These systems use less energy to run and save energy by turning off units in unoccupied rooms.
  • Indoor air quality – Ductwork can collect dust, contaminants, and debris over time, which is then blown into your air. Ductless mini-splits don’t have this problem. They also dehumidify your home’s air more effectively than central air conditioners.
  • Low maintenance – These are simple systems, which means that they require less maintenance. Since there is no ductwork to maintain, all you have to do is clean the filters periodically.

Disadvantages of Ductless Mini-Splits

It’s important to note that ductless mini-splits are not for every home or situation. Some of the disadvantages of these systems include:

  • Visibility – The indoor unit of most ductless mini-splits hangs on the wall and is much more visible than hidden ductwork.
  • Margin of error – It’s important to find an HVAC company experienced in installing ductless mini-splits. Oversizing the unit or incorrectly placing the indoor unit frequently leads to problems like short-cycling, which wastes energy and decreases performance.
  • Upfront cost – Ductless mini-splits cost about 30% more upfront than traditional forced-air systems. One indoor unit isn’t bad, but the price quickly racks up if you want to heat and cool multiple rooms.

Need help weighing the pros and cons of ductless mini-splits? Call Waldrop at (864) 536-0887 or contact us online to determine if a ductless mini-split system could be for your home in upstate South Carolina.

Ductless Mini-Split Brands

Ductless mini-splits are only recently catching on in the United States. Although they grow in popularity every year due to their efficiency and versatility, the top ductless mini-split brands are still found outside the U.S. Some of the best manufacturers of ductless mini-splits are:

  • Mitsubishi
  • Fujitsu
  • Gree
  • LG
  • Daikin

Ductless Mini-Split Services in Upstate South Carolina

Because ductless mini-splits are still uncommon, it’s important to find an HVAC company that is well versed in these innovative systems. At Waldrop, we’ve been installing, repairing, and maintaining ductless mini-splits in upstate South Carolina homes for years. We offer comprehensive ductless mini-split services to allow you to reap the benefits of these versatile heating and cooling solutions.

Ductless Mini-Split Installation

While ductless mini-splits are relatively simple to install, proper calculation and placement are crucial to set them up correctly. Oversizing or improperly placing the indoor unit can cause it to short-cycle, which means it cuts on and off constantly. In addition, it is a waste of energy and will not allow the system to heat or cool the space consistently. The outdoor unit also needs to be placed properly for drainage. At Waldrop, our NATE-certified technicians have extensive experience completing the process of ductless mini-split installation. We’ll install your new system with expert precision, whether you need just one indoor unit or one in every room.

Ductless Mini-Split Repair

If your ductless mini-split is making strange noises, isn’t keeping you comfortable, or has stopped working entirely, call Waldrop for repair. Our skilled technicians can troubleshoot any make or model of ductless HVAC system and will implement quick solutions. Ductless mini-splits aren’t common in South Carolina, so don’t call just any HVAC company — call the pros with over 50 years of experience at the cutting edge of heating and cooling technology. Our technicians receive continuous training to keep them up to date on all systems and can handle any problem with your ductless mini-split.

Ductless Mini-Split Maintenance

Your ductless mini-split heats and cools your home, doing double the work of a furnace or air conditioner. Most manufacturers advise having professional maintenance done on your ductless unit twice per year — once before the hot weather starts and before temperatures fall in the winter. At Waldrop, our experienced technicians will thoroughly inspect and test your ductless mini-split, making any needed adjustments to bring it back to peak efficiency and performance.

For ductless mini-split installation, repair, and maintenance in upstate South Carolina, call Waldrop at (864) 536-0887 or contact us online today!

Ductless Mini-Split FAQs

Do you need a permit to install a mini-split in SC?

Ductless mini-splits require proper wiring, piping, and placement to operate the way they are intended. However, because they do not connect to the vent system, they are not something that requires a building permit. However, you will still want to work with a qualified professional to ensure that these components are correctly installed and functioning. Performing the job on your own puts too much at risk.

Can mini-splits be used in cold climates?

Mini-splits work best in mild climates where the temperature stays above freezing most of the year. These systems run at full efficiency until the temperature reaches about 30 degrees, and they may shut off if the temperature drops below 20. South Carolina’s temperatures are an excellent fit for ductless mini-splits because the temperature stays moderate to warm most of the year. If you live in a part of the state where the temperatures do dip below this level frequently, you may want to have a backup heating option available.

Are ductless mini-splits expensive to run?

These units are not expensive to run as you heat and cool your home. Because ductless mini-splits are heat pumps, they are an affordable option to heat or cool your home in areas that are not touched by your ductwork. They work on the principle of heat transfer, transferring hot air from inside your home outside and vice versa. Because they only cool small spaces, they are much more affordable to operate than larger HVAC systems, giving you a reliable and efficient way to cool or heat a room in your home.

Questions about ductless mini-splits? Reach out to our friendly team today! Give us a call at (864) 598-3431 or contact us online.

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