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Ductless Mini Splits Pros & Cons

Air conditioner blowing cold air

If you’ve been considering a ductless mini split installation, you’re not alone. These systems have skyrocketed in popularity not only here in Belgrade, MT, but around the world as well. Although there’s no doubt that these systems can handle the challenges posed by extreme winter temperatures, some homeowners still wonder whether these systems are right for them. 

If you’re not sure that a ductless mini split can handle both your heating and cooling needs, keep reading! We’ll go over a definitive list of ductless mini split system pros and cons so you can decide if the initial expense is worth the lifelong savings you’ll enjoy through superior performance and energy efficiency.

Ductless Mini Split Pros:

2-in-1 Systems

Ductless mini splits provide both heating and cooling which means you get two systems in one. 

Energy Efficiency

The most lucrative selling feature of ductless mini splits is how energy efficient they are. They use heat pump technology to transfer heat from one place to another instead of generating heat like occurs in a combustion system like a furnace.

Zoning Capability

With precise zoning capability, ductless mini splits not only will save money, but also provide maximum home comfort. With an air handler in each room or zone of your home, you can heat/cool only one space at a time. This also allows household members who have squabbled over the thermostat to set the temperature to their preferred comfort level in their space.

Increased Indoor Air Quality

Ductless mini splits don’t rely on problematic ductwork to deliver conditioned air throughout your home. As such, a home’s indoor air quality (IAQ) will be better than homes that rely on old and outdated ductwork. With fewer contaminants blowing through the home, you’ll get a boost in your IAQ.

Flexible Installation Options

Do you have an area of your home such as a garage, workshop, ADU, mother-in-law space, or a sunroom that has been impossible to temperature control? Problem solved! A single ductless mini split can be installed in those troublesome spaces.

Ductless Mini Split Cons:

Upfront Cost

The upfront purchase price and installation can be higher compared to traditional, ducted HVAC systems. That’s because you’re purchasing many pieces of equipment that must be installed by a professional HVAC company. Although the energy savings can be substantial over the lifespan of the system, some homeowners may balk at the initial expense.


Some homeowners want their home comfort systems out of sight and out of mind. Although today’s air handlers are designed to be streamlined in appearance, some homeowners may see them as a major eyesore.

Maintenance Needs

You’ll need to be proactive about performing maintenance on ductless mini splits. In addition to cleaning or changing the filters for every air handler every 1-3 months, you’ll also need to schedule preventative maintenance twice a year. That’s because these systems operate year-round to provide heating and cooling.

Contact Ambient Air Solutions today for professional ductless mini split installation in Belgrade, MT. Simplifying Heating & Cooling!

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