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How Does Ductless Heating & Cooling Work?

Ductless heating and cooling systems, also known as “heat pumps” or “mini-splits” are a clean form of climate control that does not require interior ductwork to distribute warm or cool air.  They consist of: 

  • One or more indoor air handling units.  These units are separately controllable and deliver warm or cool air to their zone. 
  • One or more exterior compressors which extract outside heat to deliver interior warmth, or extract interior heat to provide cooling.   

The number of interior and exterior units depends on the size of your home and the engineering solution used.  Read more below. 

Mini-splits are fuel efficient because they are powered by cleaner, lower-cost electricity (versus fossil fuels) and their operation only involves moving heat between outside and inside versus generating heat using a boiler or furnace. 

A mini-split system is easy to install due to the lack of ductwork.  Homeowners use mini-split systems to provide whole-home heating or cooling (often replacing traditional furnaces or boilers) or to provide a minimally invasive heating and cooling solution to extensions, garages or areas insufficiently served by their existing system. 

The RYCOR Know-How At Work 

RYCOR’s engineers have studied various combinations of compressors and air-handling units to provide homeowners maximum efficiency.  The “RYCOR Ratio” shows that efficiency is tied to surface area of the compressor’s  condenser (s) to the overall area of the housing.  Bottom line:   The RYCOR Ratio helps reduce monthly energy costs.