Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pump
November 10, 2020

Cooler weather is on our doorstep here in the Chesapeake region, but it’s still hard to forget those hot summer days. Unfortunately, before you know it, the temperatures will drop. However, unlike an air conditioner or a furnace, there is a solution for staying comfortable at home regardless of what the weather outside is like. As the premier heating and cooling company for Virginia Beach, Norfolk and the whole Hampton Roads area we wanted to share our expertise with you!

How Do Mini-Splits Work & How Are They Different?

You’re likely familiar with traditional HVAC systems like boilers, furnaces, and air conditioners. However, there is one solution you might not be entirely aware of — ductless mini-split heat pumps.

Like all air source heat pumps, a ductless mini-split works by transferring heat between the inside and outside of your home. When it’s cold outside, heat energy from the exhaust air is transferred to the air coming into your home. Then when it’s hot outside, the direction of heat transfer reverses, helping you keep cool. In both instances your existing HVAC systems have less, or no, work to do.

Unlike standard HVAC solutions that only heat or cool, a ductless mini-split heat pump does both, making it a year-round solution. It’s also different from other systems because it doesn’t require any ductwork. With sleek indoor air handlers and a small outdoor unit, installation is a breeze and doesn’t require your home to be ripped apart.

Benefits of Ductless Mini-Splits for Your Hampton Roads Home

Is installing a ductless mini-split heat pump right for your home? See whether these benefits could help you:

  • Can be paired with another HVAC system

If you already have a central air conditioner, furnace, or boiler, but still have a room or area in your home that just isn’t comfortable, a ductless mini-split can be used to provide additional comfort. By supplementing an existing HVAC system, you’ll reduce wear and tear for an extended system lifespan.

  • Ensure year-round comfort

Since ductless mini-split heat pumps offer both heating and air conditioning, you’ll be able to use them throughout the entire year to stay comfortable. With multiple air handling units, you can also control comfort directly in each area of your home to keep the temperature right where you need it to be while also saving energy.

  • Energy efficiency for lower energy bills

Ductless mini-splits are the most energy efficient HVAC systems available, so you’ll save energy and money each month.

  • Improved indoor air quality

Without ductwork, there is a reduced chance for indoor air pollutants to circulate throughout your home. With an easy air filter change every few months, you’ll be keeping your home healthier for you and your family.

  • Generous rebates

Upgrading to a high-efficiency ductless mini-split heat pump can qualify you for various rebates and incentives. Be sure to research and ask our team so that you can already experience savings upon installation!

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Curious about what a ductless mini-split heat pump could do for your Virginia Beach area home? Call (757) 424-1000 or contact our team to schedule a consultation!

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Regular annual maintenance keeps your system operating at peak efficiency. Experience has shown that a system that runs well keeps your utility costs in line — in fact, independent 3rd party research shows that you can save over $30 per month on utility bills.


Just like your annual physical at the doctor’s office keeps you healthy, an annual tune-up or safety and efficiency check on your heating and cooling systems can keep your home working smoothly.

What Our Customers Are Saying

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  • Every moment from the time an appointment was set up until the day the work was completed was a pleasure. Every employee was a delight to work with. The proof that the product was great came when the electric bills started coming in the airconditioning season.

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    Pastor Larry E. O'Brien, Churchland Assembly of God
  • A year ago, I contracted with Russell's to tune up and clean the heating and cooling system. How impressively your specialist cleaned my system...he also found a defective automatic (programmable) thermostat. Quite quickly, he replaced my automatic thermostat. The results?

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