Bryant Multi-Zone Mini Split Split Replaces Furnace, Old AC’s in Cape May, NJ

Replacing a furnace is a big investment, and it can take some time to find the right model for your home. However, the upside is improving the heating in your home – especially if you go with a new Bryant multi-zone mini split system instead of gas, oil, or traditional electric heating.

Our homeowner in Cape May, NJ, wasn’t looking forward to getting a new HVAC system. But, there was no way around it. Her old furnace was becoming a money pit. It cost more every winter to heat her home. And, she was calling us out more often for repairs. 

And, there was even more room for improvement: Our homeowner’s ranch home near Cape May Harbor didn’t have central air. Each summer, she’d lug out a few windows AC’s and watch her electric bill go up. 

In this case study, we’ll see how multi-zone ductless heating and cooling improved the climate control in this ranch home in both hot and cold weather. 

We’ll also touch on the signs that your furnace is due for replacement, and how our homeowner came around to her new system. 

Problem: A ranch home in Cape May, NJ had an old furnace and no central air. 

Solution: Installed a Bryant mini-split multi-zone system with three indoor air handlers and a heat pump outside. 


Signs of a failing furnace

Three signs you may need a new furnace are:

  • Your heating bills keep going up
  • Your home isn’t as warm as it should be
  • Your system keeps breaking down

Our homeowner called us in the summer about replacing her furnace. She knew before turning it on for the season that she needed a new one. 

We’d been out a few times over the last year, and let her know what was happening. We knew it was wearing out because it was working harder to produce heat. That’s why her gas bill kept going up. 

Even still, there were more spots in the house that weren’t as warm as they used to be. Even with all the extra energy, this 19-year-old furnace just wasn’t up to the task anymore. 

In fact, that’s how we knew all this: We were there twice for repairs the previous winter. Even with regular maintenance, the components were getting worn down.  

But, that meant our homeowner was prepared. She had the time to consider all her options instead of making a quick decision in the middle of winter. 


Customized Comfort  for a Ranch Home in Cape May, NJ

Our homeowner knew she wanted to upgrade her HVAC system. But, other than getting a brand-new heating unit, she didn’t know what else she could do. 

But, she did know what she wanted to improve. 

She always noticed that the bedrooms weren’t as warm as the main living space during the winter, for instance. 

And, of course, the air conditioners weren’t great. Every spring, our homeowner had to lug them out of storage, clean them and put them in the windows. 

Then, in the summer, she’d have to turn up the TV just to hear it over the unit in the living room. 

That’s when we suggested a ductless solution. With a multi-zone system, we could address each room individually. 

This way, those back rooms would get the heat they needed without warming up the other areas too much. 

And, in the summer, she’d get whisper-quiet cooling. 

Our homeowner was certainly interested – and, of course, curious about how it works. 

How a Multi-Zone Mini Split System Works

A multi-zone mini-split system uses air handlers in different parts of a home to treat each area individually. This setup is called “Zoned HVAC.” Each handler has a thermostat so they can work independently of each other. 

Then, the other half of the “split” is the air handler. We place it outside the home, kind of like a central air conditioner compressor. 

The system works thanks to a heat transfer process. In simple terms: The system moves heat, or thermal energy, from one place to another. 

In the winter, the heat pump draws what little thermal energy there is outside. Then, it amplifies and sends it inside. These units even work in sub-zero temperatures. 

When summer rolls around, the system works in reverse. It moved the heat from inside the house outside, while also dehumidifying the air for more comfort. 

Inside the home, the air handlers circulate the air. Since each one has a thermostat, they work according to the temperature only in their zone. 

That’s how our homeowner finally got even heating for those bedrooms: The air handlers back there measured the temperature there, instead of relying on a single thermostat in the living room. 


Installing Bryant Ductless in a Ranch Home

Once our homeowner was ready for a ductless system, we got to work designing a ductless system specifically for her ranch home. This meant choosing the right models for what she wanted and finding the best places for each handler. 

In this case, we needed models that would provide both heat and cooling. Some homeowners only want them for air conditioning. For this home, however, we needed to cover all seasons. 

We settled on a three-zone system. There’s an air handler in the master bedroom, another in the main living area, and a third that covers the guest bedroom and hallway. 

Then, we had to connect these to the heat pump on the side of the home. 

Instead of installing ductwork through the home, we just had to run a few lines inside the walls. 

Connecting the air handlers and heat pump

The heat transfer process works thanks to a refrigerant liquid that runs in a closed loop from the handlers to the heat pump. Heat is attracted to the cold refrigerant. When it warms up that liquid, it travels through the lines. 

Now, those lines are just over an inch thick, and very flexible. So, we connect them to the back of the air handler and run them through the walls like electric wiring. 

It took a little planning, but we were able to position each handler to we could easily snake the coolant line – along with the power supply and condensate drain line – behind the walls and then out to the heat pump. 

Now, no air conditioners are taking up window space in the summer. And, there’s no old furnace driving up the bills in the winter. 

Instead, this ranch has quiet, efficient, customized heating and cooling all year long. 

Are you ready to upgrade the heating and cooling system in your Cape May, NJ home? Contact Celtic today for a free consultation. We’ll design a system that’s specific to your home and needs.