An efficient, reliable heating system is a must-have during the winters in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. While many homeowners rely on heating systems that require ductwork, ductless mini-split systems* are an alternative, energy-efficient heating option.

What Are Ductless Mini-Split Systems?

Ductless mini-split systems are mini-split heat pumps designed to meet homeowners’ cooling and heating needs without ductwork. Sometimes used with hydronic heating systems and boilers, ductless mini-splits can:

Without the need for ductwork, mini-split systems are an excellent option for:

  • Room additions and renovations
  • Older homes lacking ductwork
  • Larger homes where only certain spaces need to be heated at any given time

How Ductless Mini-Split Heating Systems Work

Mini-split heating systems work much like standard air-source heat pumps, using an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor air handling unit. Generally, multiple indoor air handling units are connected to a single condenser. This allows for independent control of each indoor unit, effectively zoning a home for precise temperature control in each area where an indoor unit has been installed.

A conduit containing essential components links the outdoor and indoor units. To keep homes warm and cozy, ductless mini-split systems use the expansion and compression of refrigerant to move heat from the outdoors to the indoors. Since they move heat, instead of creating it, they can generate up to four times the amount of energy that they use.

Plus, without having to rely on ductwork, which loses about 30% of heated air through system gaps or cracks, ductless mini-split systems are incredibly energy-efficient—especially in homes where ductwork runs through uninsulated areas, like crawlspaces and attics.

Benefits of Ductless Mini-Split Heating in Minneapolis-St. Paul Homes

Using ductless mini-split systems for heating offers many benefits, including:

  • Improved heating throughout homes
  • Customizable zoning for optimal comfort in specific areas of homes
  • More possibilities and flexibility for system installation
  • Easy installation, replacement, and repair
  • Exceptional energy efficiency, lower energy bills, and more savings on heating costs!

When selecting a ductless mini-split heating system, be sure to choose one with an ENERGY STAR® rating to optimize your energy savings.

Schedule Ductless Mini-Split Service in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro Area

Genz-Ryan Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning provides top-rated heating systems and first-class ductless mini-split services throughout the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. Whether you have more questions about heating with a ductless mini-split system or you’re ready for service, we’ve got you covered!

Call Genz-Ryan at (612) 223-6158 or contact us online to find out more about ductless mini-split systems or schedule heating service at your Minneapolis-St. Paul area home.

And don’t forget to check out our money-saving offers, excellent warranties, and flexible financing options to see why we’re a premier HVAC company in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area!


*Per code, mini-split systems must be paired with a fossil fuel backup heating system. This is due to the fact that mini-split systems can only produce heat at temperatures above -15˚F. When it’s -15˚F, these systems will shut down.