Ductless Mini-Split

Most of us know about the traditional HVAC system and the window units that are so iconic in cityscapes and older houses. But there is also a third type of air conditioner: the ductless mini-split. This air conditioning unit is like a combination of the two. 

The ductless mini-split is a cooling and heating system that uses individual, wall-mounted blowers to control temperature in a single room or area. Rather than ductwork, the unit connects a refrigerant line to a single outdoor condensing unit. 

When To Use A Ductless Mini-Split

Why would you need a ductless mini-split? Even if you have a duct system in your home, a ductless mini-split works great in areas your existing system doesn’t include. We’re talking about garages, sunrooms, or home additions. These systems can also work great in small apartments or any space where adding ductwork is not an option. 

Benefits Of A Ductless Mini-Split

The benefits of a ductless mini-split are vast! Its small size and ability to manipulate various areas in your home to what you need. Some models can withstand up to four inside units attached to one outdoor unit, which is up to four different areas in your space. This allows you to heat or cool only the area you are currently in and have the others turned off to save money and energy.

Speaking of saving energy, they save more energy without ducts. Air ducts lose up to 30% of energy, especially those not in insulated areas of the home, such as an attic space. 

Furthermore, ductless mini-splits offer flexibility in your home design. Where a window unit is committed to being in a window and also takes away from the window’s use and view, a ductless mini-system does not! These systems can be mounted on the wall, flush with a drop ceiling, or suspended from your ceiling. If none of these options work in the space, floor units are also available. With all the choices, these add-on systems do not have to be an eye sore or intrusive to your design. 

Not only are these systems adjustable if you don’t like the look, but they also often have coverings to make them blend in or be aesthetically pleasing. Additionally, remotes are available to create more versatility for high-mounted units!


While there are many perks to these sleek little systems, there are a handful of factors to consider. The most significant factor is the cost. They are more than double the price of a window unit upfront and about 30% more expensive to run than a duct system. 

To find the best option for you and your home Fixed! HVAC can not only advise but also install. Ductless mini-splits require less labor to install than a traditional ducted system. The hook-up between the indoor and outdoor units only requires a three-inch hole through a wall. Without ducts, the overall system is much simpler and will be up and running sooner. 

Although homeowners can do the installation for themselves, we recommend a professional. We can help determine the best unit for your needs, and we’ll complete the installation correctly and safely.