While there is more than one way to cool your home, a ductless mini split system is among the best. When compared to other options – such as central air conditioning and window units – a ductless mini split system provides a variety of benefits, including but not limited to:
- Easier to install than other options
- Extremely quiet
- High level of energy efficiency
- Ability to set multiple zones
- Perfect option when expanding your home (such as finishing an attic or an addition)
These benefits may have you strongly considering a ductless mini split system. However, before you take the leap, there’s another important question to answer: on average, how long does a ductless mini split system last?
Just the same as central air conditioning, there’s no simple answer to this question. Some people are lucky enough to use the same system for 20+ years without much more than a minor problem here and there. Others, however, find themselves replacing their system sooner than expected.
Fortunately, there are a couple things you can do to improve the likelihood of your ductless mini split system lasting a long time:
Get Serious About Maintenance
If you don’t have any plans to personally maintain your ductless mini split system, hire a professional to visit your home twice a year for regular maintenance and service. It costs money upfront, but it saves you over the long run.
Here are some basic maintenance tips to help expand the life of your system:
- Regularly clean the outside unit (at the very least, before you turn on your AC and when you shut it down for winter)
- Clean the air filters
- Regularly inspect and clean the pipes
At first, these maintenance tasks appear daunting, but once you have a plan in place they’re easy to complete.
Choose a Reputable Brand
With the popularity of ductless mini split systems on the rise, a growing number of companies are getting in on the action.
It’s important to consider all your options, as this helps you find the right system at the right price, but some brands have a better reputation for reliability and durability than others.
In addition to Mitsubishi Electric, which has long been a market leader, some of the other top names in the industry include:
If you choose a ductless mini split system from one of these brands, you’re in better position to enjoy many years of problem-free service.
But what’s the answer?
With proper maintenance of a reputable ductless mini split system, you can reasonably expect it to provide efficient service for 20 years. Some will get more life, others will get less, but this is a solid expectation.
When compared to traditional systems, such as central AC, ductless mini splits typically last five to eight years longer, thus saving you money.
If you’re interested in installing a ductless mini split system at your home or place of business, contact us for guidance. Also, get in touch if you have questions about service and maintenance. We can help keep your system in good working condition.