Bonfe Insider: March 2024

Ditch the Ducts? Exploring Alternatives to Traditional HVAC Systems

Minnesota’s climate throws a punch. We know the drill: summers that make you melt, winters that test your spirit, and— this year, temperamental springs that can’t quite decide what they want to do. While traditional HVAC systems offer comfort, they’re limited to areas of your home with existing ductwork. But here’s the good news: there are ductless alternatives that make whole-home (and even garage) comfort possible.

Mini Splits (aka Ductless Heat Pumps)

Twin Cities mini split

Imagine a compact, wall-mounted air conditioner that cools specific rooms without bulky ducts. That’s the magic of mini splits, also known as ductless heat pumps. In addition to being highly versatile, they also tend to use less energy than traditional systems.

Here’s how they work:

  • An outdoor unit: This houses the compressor and condenser, similar to a central A/C unit.
  • An indoor unit: This mounts on your wall and distributes cool or warm air directly into the room.
  • Connecting refrigerant lines: These carry cooled or heated air between the units.

Who Benefits from Mini Splits?

  • Homeowners with specific climate needs: Ideal for sunrooms, additions, or rooms with uneven temperatures.
  • Homes without existing ductwork: No ducts, no problem! Mini splits offer a seamless solution.

Bonus: Year-Round Garage Comfort with a Mini Split

Love tinkering in your garage year-round? A mini split can be a game-changer! Not only can it keep you toasty on frigid winter days, but it also provides cool comfort during scorching summers. However, keep in mind that mini splits struggle to maintain efficient heating below 35°F, so for extreme Minnesota winters, consider layering in an additional heating solution.

Enter the Mighty Garage Heater:

For those truly harsh Minnesota winters, a garage heater offers a reliable warmth boost. Beyond the obvious comfort of a warm car on frigid mornings, here are some reasons to you may consider one:

  • Comfortable Workshop: Keep your hands warm and comfortable while working on projects, car repairs, or other hobbies throughout the winter.
  • Entertaining Space: Host winter parties, gatherings, or even movie nights in a cozy and heated garage, perfect for larger groups or activities that might not be as comfortable indoors.
  • Home Gym Extension: Set up a home gym in your garage and exercise year-round without worrying about the cold affecting your performance or motivation.
  • Maximize Functionality: Use your garage as a mudroom or storage area without battling the cold every time you enter or exit the house.

The Best of Both Worlds: Mini Split & Garage Heater Combo

For ultimate garage flexibility, consider combining a mini split and a garage heater. This way, you’ll enjoy year-round comfort, regardless of the outdoor temperature.

Invest in year-round comfort and peace of mind.

Interested in a free consultation? Our team is available to assess your home’s specific needs, recommend efficient options, and guide you through the entire process, ensuring you enjoy optimal comfort and energy savings throughout the year.

To schedule your free consultation, call (651) 332-6633 or schedule online.

March Offers:

Membership Plan customers may combine any/all offers with their 15% discount.

Learn more about our Membership Plans here.

$1000 Off Ductless HVAC Install Offer
$500 Off Garage Heater Installation Offer

In addition to these offers, there are currently several major tax credits and utility rebates available on new equipment. Explore additional saving opportunities here.

Members Only Offer:

February Winners:

All entries are re-entered into our end-of-the-year raffle drawing!

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