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Heating and Cooling Tips for Your Log Home

When it comes to heating and cooling your log home, the best strategy may be to divide and conquer.

Have you heard of a ductless mini-split heating/cooling system? Don’t despair – many people in the United States haven’t.

But with wildly fluctuating energy costs and an emphasis on reducing fossil-fuel consumption, conditioning your log home’s interior air, room by room, with mini-splits is not only conscientious and fiscally smart, it can solve a lot of headaches when it comes to locating your mechanicals.

We talked to two experts about the ins and outs of mini-splits.

How is a mini-split system different from a more commonly known central air/heat pump system, and how does it work?

“Mini-splits are completely ductless and separate. Think of it as having multiple HVAC units in your home,” explains Hearthstone Homes’ V.P. Chris Wood, who has been a proponent of this type of heating and cooling for years. “The days of having one large unit with a big return in the middle of your house are over. What’s going on now is you have a larger one in the living room, a small one in the master bath, a small one near the kitchen area, et cetera. You can control each room’s humidity and temperature individually — not relying on just one thermostat for the house.”

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