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Do Ductless Mini Splits Come in Cold-Climate Versions?

If you’ve been thinking about switching to a ductless mini split, it’s an excellent choice. But here in Wyoming, our winters can be pretty harsh. Can a ductless mini split stand up to your heating needs on the coldest days of winter?

The good news is, there are mini split systems that are better suited for operating in colder climates like our own. If you are interested in ductless mini splits in Campbell County, WY, give our team a call today to schedule your service. In the meantime, you can keep reading to learn more about ductless mini splits that come in cold-weather versions and how they operate.

How a Ductless Mini Split Works

A ductless mini split is basically an alternate version of a central heat pump. The key difference is that instead of having a central indoor unit, you have multiple smaller units that are dispersed throughout your house to provide even temperature control. All of the smaller individual units still connect to a larger outdoor unit.

You can either use the same setting for each individual heat pump so that all of the rooms in your home or a consistent temperature, or you can select unique settings on each one. As long as you keep doors closed to isolate individual rooms, each room or zone can maintain its own unique temperature. This is a great benefit for families who have varying temperature preferences. Someone may like it warmer while another person likes it cooler.

Like central heat pumps, a mini split unit cycles refrigerant outside to absorb heat from the air and transfer it back into the rooms of your home as a way of increasing the temperature. One concern with heat pumps is that colder temperatures outside can reduce a heat pump’s ability to increase the indoor air temperature since there is less heat in the air overall.

The Cold Weather Model

Heat pumps do come in cold weather models. Our team can talk to you about your expectations compared to our climate zone. There are different levels of heat pumps to meet unique heating needs. The strongest heat pumps are able to provide heat even when temperatures reach the negatives. These high-powered models still boast excellent energy efficiency, but they can keep your home warmer, no matter how the outdoor air temperatures fluctuate.

Energy Efficiency Ratings 

Aside from selecting a cold-weather model heat pump, you also want to look at energy efficiency ratings. Heat pumps are unique and get assigned HSPF2 ratings for heating efficiency. The higher the HSPF2 rating, the more efficiently your heat pump will be able to heat your home. 

This means that the unit won’t have to consume as much energy to produce results. It won’t take on as much strain or wear and tear during the heating process either. This can actually boost heating ability because as the heat pump does have to work harder, it can produce better results.

Schedule an appointment with the team at Climate Solutions, Inc. The trusted source for all your heating and cooling needs.

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