We recently enlarged the master bedroom in our home.
We tore down some walls to combine the existing bedroom with an exterior back porch.
We needed to close in the porch, replace windows and add insulation. One of the biggest debates was over how to manage temperature control. Our house is outfitted with a forced air furnace and central air conditioning. The ductwork doesn’t extend to the back porch area. Once we combined the bedroom and the porch, the number of supply vents were not sufficient to manage consistent temperature control. Adding on to the ductwork would have been an especially invasive, expensive and messy project. We hoped to find something a little more convenient, affordable and simple. I consulted with a local HVAC contractor who recommended the installation of a ductless mini split. This type of system is especially compact and versatile. It relies on an outdoor compressor linked by way of a slim conduit to an indoor air handler that mounts up high on the wall. The indoor air handler combines both heating and cooling capacity and includes an independent thermostat. This allows us to customize the temperature in the master bedroom without affecting the rest of the house. Despite its small size and simplicity of installation, the ductless unit is surprisingly powerful. It’s able to maintain ideal comfort no matter the severity of the outdoor weather. It handles sub zero conditions as well as high heat and humidity. The heat pump operates very quietly, effectively filters contaminants out of the air and is super energy efficient. It features something called inverter technology that automatically adjusts speed to meet changing demands and maximize cost savings.