Have you heard of a ductless mini-split heating/cooling system? Don’t despair – many people in the United States haven’t. But with wildly fluctuating energy costs and an emphasis on reducing fossil-fuel consumption, conditioning your log home’s interior air, room by room, with mini-splits is not only conscientious and fiscally smart, it can solve a lot of headaches when it comes to locating your mechanicals. We talked to two experts about the ins and outs of mini-splits.
“Mini-splits are completely ductless and separate. Think of it as having multiple HVAC units in your home,” explains Hearthstone Homes’ V.P. Chris Wood, who has been a proponent of this type of heating and cooling for years. “The days of having one large unit with a big return in the middle of your house are over. What’s going on now is you have a larger one in the living room, a small one in the master bath, a small one near the kitchen area, et cetera. You can control each room’s humidity and temperature individually — not relying on just one thermostat for the house.”