My house has seen lots of remodeling. Walls have been torn down, rooms expanded and windows added. Over the years, the modernizing of the living space has led to some issues with the heating and cooling system. Some rooms lack sufficient supply and return vents to achieve ideal comfort. The kitchen was especially problematic. In the winter, when the outdoor temperature drops below zero, the room constantly felt chilly. Raising the thermostat led to overheating the rest of the house. I used to bake treats on especially cold days for the sake of the warmth from the oven. In the summer, we had the opposite problem. I didn’t dare cook, because the kitchen always felt hot and sticky. Rather than tear down walls and ceiling to redesign the duct system, I chose to invest into a ductless mini split system. An outdoor air compressor links to an indoor air handler mounted up high on the wall. The installation project required little more than a three-inch hole in an exterior wall and was completed in a matter of hours. There was no mess or damage. The indoor air handler features an independent thermostat and provides both heating and cooling capacity. A cordless remote allows me to adjust temperature, fan speed and even the direction of airflow. I chose an Energy Star rated, high efficiency ductless heat pump with inverter technology. The equipment automatically varies output to match the demands of the indoor space. The kitchen is perfectly comfortable all year round, and the ductless unit works to filter out contaminants and improve indoor air quality.