It’s an unfortunate fact that many homes today have too many airborne contaminants circulating through them. A small amount of dust is unavoidable, and even a large amount of pollen, dander, and other pollutants in the air won’t have a noticeable effect on people in a household—unless those people suffer from allergies. These airborne contaminants can trigger even minor allergies, and children are especially susceptible.
When your air conditioning system comes on during the spring (the peak season for allergy problems), you might be inadvertently spreading around the allergens gathered inside the ductwork, and this can result in a miserable situation for many.
There are various filters and air cleaners you can have professionally installed to help remove this unhealthy contamination from your air. Another possible option to consider, particularly if you are building a new home or remodeling your current one, is to install a ductless mini split heat pump for your cooling and heating.
How a ductless mini split helps with allergies
It’s right there in the name: no ductwork! Ductless mini splits work in almost the same way as standard heat pumps and air conditioners, which is that they move refrigerant between an indoor and outdoor unit to remove heat from one place and release it in another. But here is the key difference: a ductless mini split has the outdoor unit connected to multiple smaller air handlers placed around the house, rather than a single indoor unit hooked up to a ventilation network. These air handlers send conditioned air directly into the living spaces, much like a window AC does, so that there is no need for an inch of ductwork.
Because ducts are a major source of allergen build-up, a ductless system removes a large reservoir for contamination from a home. If you put in a ductless mini split to cool and heat your house, you can expect a significant drop in airborne contamination. (Plus, you’ll receive the many other benefits of going ductless, like increased energy efficiency and zone control.)
If you are interested in finding out more about ductless mini splits and how they can benefit the health of your household, call OASIS Heating, A/C & Refrigeration, Inc. We install, repair, and replace a variety of ductless systems in Arlington, VA and the surrounding areas.