Ductless mini-splits are gaining popularity as highly efficient dual-purpose systems for heating and cooling homes. Are they a good option for your home? Here are some key differences between mini-splits and furnaces for you to consider.
What It Does
- Mini-Split: Heats and cools your home
- Furnace: Heats your home
How It Works
- Mini-Split: Involves one or more indoor units connected through refrigerant lines to an outdoor unit
- Furnace: Uses fuel such as oil or gas to generate heat and pump warm air throughout your home
- Mini-split: None needed. In a mini-split system, heated or cooled air flows directly from indoor units into your home.
- Furnace: Requires ductwork. Furnaces generate warm air, which is pumped through ductwork to the rooms in your home.
- Mini-split: More efficient than furnaces. They can heat and cool your specific areas within your home and eliminate wasted energy associated with leaky ductwork.
- Furnace: Today's furnaces are more efficient than they've ever been. When properly sized and connected to airtight ductwork, a new furnace can contribute to a more energy efficient home.
- Mini-split: More expensive, but more affordable to operate.
- Furnace: More affordable to install, but more expensive to operate.
Mini-split: On average, a mini-split can heat and cool your home for 10-15 years. With proper maintenance, your system may last for over 20 years.
Furnace: The average furnace lasts about 15 years. With regular tune-ups and maintenance, it may last 20 years or more.