Ductless Heat Pumps are a great alternative for heating & cooling either a single room or multiple rooms effectively and efficiently.
They are a great money saving technology, mini split-system heat pumps (mini splits) have numerous potential applications in home remodels, large residential, commercial, and also as retrofit add-ons to houses with “non-ducted” heating systems, such as hydronic radiant heat (hot water heat), radiant panels, and space heaters (wood, kerosene, propane). They are a good choice for projects where extending or installing distribution ductwork (for a central air-conditioner or heating systems) is not possible. Ductless Heat pump systems are also great to use in Montana for energy efficient primary heating or back up heating when needed.
The main advantages of mini splits are their small size and flexibility for zoning or heating and cooling individual rooms. Many models can have as many as four indoor air handling units (for four zones or rooms) connected to one outdoor unit. The number depends on how much heating or cooling is required for the building or each zone (which in turn is affected by how well the building is insulated). Each of the zones will have its own thermostat, so you only need to condition that space when it is occupied, saving energy and money over a standard system that heats and cools rooms that are not being occupied.
Compared with other add-on systems, mini splits offer more flexibility in interior design options, products and solutions for any home, building, or project. The indoor air handlers can be suspended from a ceiling, mounted flush into a drop ceiling, or hung on a wall. Floor-standing models are also available. Most indoor units have profiles of about seven inches deep and usually come with sleek, high-tech-looking jackets. Many also offer a remote control to make it easier to turn the system on and off when it’s positioned high on a wall or suspended from a ceiling. Split-systems can also help to keep your home safer, because there is only a small hole in the wall. Through-the-wall and window mounted room air-conditioners can provide an easy entrance for intruders.