Many old homes still rely on an antiquated boiler and radiator system. While this may be a neat way to examine the history of heating and cooling, it may no longer be the most effective or efficient way of keeping your old home cool or warm. If you are ready to remove the radiators and boiler system, but you are not sure what to put in its place, you may want to consider ductless mini splits. This newer form of heating and cooling can be installed by an HVAC contractor, and it is quite simple to use and far less bulky or complicated than traditional heating and cooling methods that rely on ducts and ventilation. The following information should help you make the educated decision to transition to this new form of heating and cooling.
Equipment Involved in Ductless Mini Splits
The equipment needed to make this system work is limited to wall-mounted units and outdoor compressor/condensor units. The outdoor units are narrow and boxy, which allows them to fit into some of the tightest spaces you have outside without having to worry about property lines, fences or large spaces of leveled ground. The outdoor units have a feed line that travels up inside the walls of your home. These feed lines head directly into the wall-mounted units, which are controlled by remotes. They do not require any vents or ventilation tubing. Instead, they act as both heat pump and air conditioner unit in one.
Operations and Controls
The outdoor unit pulls hot air out of the home, cools it and returns it, just like other heat pumps. The wall-mounted unit attached to each outdoor unit has its own remote control. You can set the temperature on the remote and turn the wall unit on or off with the push of a button. If you use the wall unit for cool air, the cool air is sent upward but then descends as the warmer air below it rises. If you heat the room, then the wall unit pushes hot air toward the floor, where it rises and warms the entire room. Most of these units control only one or two wall units, so you may have to install extra outdoor units if you have a really large house or you may have to close off rooms you do not use if you want to conserve the energy that is consumed and used by these units. One of the major benefits to these units is that you do not need a forced air furnace, or a furnace at all, so you can bypass the installation and expense of this major equipment entirely.