The average lifespan of a ductless mini split is 10 to 15 years. So, we salute our Lawrenceville, NJ homeowner who kept theirs running for two more than two decades in a home office.
The only downside to keeping the system running that long is missing out on all the great improvements in newer models.
Our homeowner called the Ice-Man when he was ready to upgrade the heating and cooling in his home office. He’d gone ductless long ago and enjoyed the results. But, he was concerned about staying warm in the winter.
He told our comfort specialist about this when they sat down to look at new models. That’s when he learned how much more powerful today’s models are. After that, he was ready for a new and improved mini split.
In this case study, we’ll see why ductless was the way to go in the first place. Then, we’ll see what makes today’s options so much more appealing.
Problem: A home office in a converted garage had a 25-year-old mini split. It didn’t offer enough heat in the winter and wasn’t cooling as well as it used to.
Solution: Installed a Carrier Performance Series heat pump system with air handler. It uses less energy and doesn’t require an auxiliary heat source.
Heating and Cooling a Converted Garage Home Office
Years ago, our homeowner converted his standalone garage into a home office. This space was separated from his home by a small breezeway. So, he had the luxury of not commuting while still keeping a clear boundary between work and his home.
But, heating and cooling was a challenge. Since it wasn’t part of the house, he didn’t have any ductwork leading into it. Adding ducts and vents wasn’t possible.
Running that much ductwork would be costly. Plus, our homeowner’s system wouldn’t be powerful enough to keep enough air pressure that far through the vents.
So, he enjoyed the comfort he got from a ductless mini split. It was easy to install, and the air handler makes almost no noise. That way, he worked in peace.
However, like any HVAC system, eventually, the one he had became worn out. Plus, those older models never did that good of a job heating. And, it only got worse over the last few years.
By the time he called us, he was also using a more expensive and less effective space heater in the garage.
Fortunately, today’s ductless mini splits are much better than the one he’d had for so long.
Heat Pumps Today Vs. Heat Pumps 20 Years Ago
One reason ductless mini splits are so much more popular today is that heat pumps have improved so much over the last 20 years. Now, many models can handle heating in virtually any climate. That’s a huge change from the ones people used to buy.
To understand why we’ll quickly go through how these work.
Heat pumps don’t generate heat. Instead, they transfer it from one place to another.
In the summer, your air handler draws in warm air from your home. It dehumidifies it, and then the thermal energy travels to the heat pump, which expels it outside. That way, the air that re-circulates is cool and dry.
When it’s cold out, the system works in reverse: it draws heat from outside and sends it into your home. Even in the winter, there’s still some heat in the air.
Heat pumps use a compression system to amplify that thermal energy, so it’s enough to keep you warm.
But, those older models wouldn’t work once the temperature reached freezing. At that point, the system wasn’t strong enough to amplify so little heat. But that’s changed.
Today’s models can heat an entire home even in subzero temperatures. And, since this is Central Jersey, not Chicago, it never gets even close to that cold.
So, our homeowner won’t need a space heater again, even in the dead of winter. And, overall, his new mini split is way more efficient than his old one.
He’ll get better comfort with no hot and cold spots. He’ll also pay much less on his electric bills. In fact, it’s so efficient that he qualified for extra savings.
Rebates for Energy-Efficient Appliances in New Jersey
Our homeowner knocked a few hundred dollars off the price of his new mini split thanks to a couple of rebates we found for him. One came directly from the manufacturer. The other was from NJ Clean Energy for installing an energy-efficient appliance.
In the Garden State, NJ Clean Energy works with the federal government and local utility companies to provide incentives for homeowners to upgrade their homes.
When you replace an old heater, air conditioner, washer, and dryer or other appliance with a more energy-efficient model, you can get a rebate to offset the cost.
There’s no catch, just that the new unit must meet their requirements. Usually, that means choosing an Energy Star-certified model. Those meet federal standards showing they use less energy to perform just as well as a comparable model.
Just about every Carrier ductless mini split fits that bill. Once our homeowner found the one that was right for him, we identified the incentives and let him know about them.
From there, we prepared all the documentation he needed. In all, our homeowner took $1,200 off the price of his new system: $1,000 through NJ Clean Energy’s Cool Advantage rebate, and $200 directly from Carrier.
And, all he had to do was put his account information on a form and send it in. This way, the money goes right to him.
Carrier Ductless Mini Split Installations in Lawrenceville, NJ
If you’re interested in upgrading the heating and cooling in your home, call or email the Ice-Man today to find out if a Carrier ductless mini split is the best choice for you. We’ve been a reliable and trusted HVAC contractor in Lawrenceville, NJ, Ewing Township, and across central Jersey and into Pennsylvania for more than 30 years.
Starting with a free consultation, we’ll help you find the system that’s just right for you.