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Mini Split System Installation (also known as Ductless)

Ductless heating and cooling systems can be a great option in a variety of situations. These compact systems come in a variety of styles and sizes that provide personalized comfort control from room to room. Ductless air conditioners that do not include heat are an option, but adding the heat function is a nominal additional cost.

Where are mini-split systems typically used?

Mini split systems are perfect for places that do not have HVAC ducts already installed, such as:

  • Basements

  • Additions

  • Garages

  • Space conversions

  • Three-season rooms

  • Detached dwellings, such as pool houses

Ductless is also a great option for that one room in your home or office that is always too hot or too cold. These versatile systems operate efficiently and quietly and can be the perfect solution for many unique heating and cooling issues. Ductless systems are often our go-to for older homes that do not have existing duct work…and nowhere to add new duct work.

Some of the benefits of choosing a mini split system include:

  • Flexibility: just add the ductless system where you need it
  • Efficiency: mini split systems have high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratios (“SEER”), which will reduce your electric bills
  • Lower installation costs than central air conditioning
  • Complete control of your home’s comfort. Want one room to be 68 degrees and another 74? No problem!
  • No need to add costly ducts where none exist
  • Less chance of leakage
  • Better air quality, due to the top-notch air filtration systems that are included
  • Low maintenance. There is no annual check-up needed on a ductless air conditioner. You will want to have it cleaned when it gets dirty and change your filters regularly, but that’s it as far as maintenance requirements.
  • Very quiet operation

How Mini Split Systems Work

In a ductless air conditioner, there are two main components: an outdoor compressor or condenser and an indoor air handling unit, typically connected by a conduit that includes a drain line, refrigerant tubing, suction tubing, and a condensate drain.

The compressor or condenser is installed outside the home or structure and the conduit is run from the outdoor unit to individual rooms where a controlled temperature is desired. Wall-mounted interior units are then placed in the spaces you want to cool or warm, which is accomplished by refrigerant flowing between the outdoor and indoor units through copper tubing in the conduit.
Mini split systems can control anywhere from one to nine zones. The typical home will require more than one air handler. Air handlers come in a variety of mounting options:

  • Wall mount (this is the preferred method)
  • Floor mount
  • Ceiling mount
  • Multi-positional

Mode’s Recommendation for your Ductless System Installation

Mode Comfort & Air Quality can install any brand of mini split system, but typically recommends LG products for cost and reliability.

LG ductless systems include inverter-controlled, variable-speed technology for extra efficient heating and cooling. Similar to cruise control in a car, these systems adjust motor speeds and comfort capacity as conditions change, delivering smooth, consistent temperatures and quiet operation, in a highly-efficient manner.

Mini Split Repair & Service

On occasion, ductless systems will exhibit issues, such as leaks or loss of cooling power. In these situations, Mode Comfort & Air Quality can provide mini split repair services on any make and model.

If you need your ductless unit cleaned, we are happy to do that for you as well, but if you clean your filters regularly, your mini split should not get very dirty. This is another benefit of ductless systems.

Mode Reccomends the Following Brands for Effectiveness and Value:

Locations We Serve

We install mini-split (ductless) heating and cooling systems in homes and businesses across Richmond, Henrico, Midlothian, Chester and Chesterfield,  Powhatan and Moseley. The following locales are our most frequently served—if you need help, we may already be close by!

  • Richmond, Bon Air, Manchester and Tuckahoe, VA 23225 /23235 / 23229
  • Moseley, VA 23120
  • Midlothian, VA 23113 and 23114
  • Powhatan, VA 23139
  • Chesterfield, VA 23832
  • Woodlake, VA 23112
  • Short Pump, Glen Allen, Innsbrook and Laurel VA, 23060

What Do I Do First if I am Interested in a Mini Split Installation?

Contact Mode at or 804-481-6633 to schedule a free in-home estimate. The technician will take into account:

  • How many rooms you want to heat or cool
  • The square footage of each room
  • The ceiling height of each room
  • How many windows are in each room
  • The size and type of the windows
  • Sun exposure of the home or space
  • Type of insulation
  • Type of roof
  • Type of foundation (crawl space, slab, etc.)
  • Doorways and openings to the rooms

This information will help him work up a quote for your ductless system installation.