When our spouse and I purchased our home, the two of us had a legitimately limited budget. All of us were newly married, struggling to spend money off student loans, and not making much of an income. Unwilling to waste money on rent, the two of us found a legitimately small house in need of major repairs. Our little house was perfect for us. All of us handled the upgrades on our own, and ensured that the house was extremely energy efficient. All of us installed Energy Star rated windows, added insulation to the walls, ceilings and attic, and put up ceiling fans. Because of our efforts and the minimal square footage, the two of us were able to get by with a small furnace and a/c. Our bi-weekly energy bills were in luxurious, and the two of us kept the condo at the ideal temperature all year round. Eight years later, we’d added 3 children and two cats to our family. All of us were horribly cramped and needed to put on an addition. The addition nearly doubled the size of the home. There was no way the existing furnace and a/c could handle this greater demand. Rather than sacrifice the area and invest in a complete duct method for the addition, the two of us opted to install a multi-split system. The ductless heat pump incorporates a single outdoor compressor linked to multiple indoor air handlers. The indoor handlers are compact, lightweight and mount on an exterior wall. Despite the streamlined design, the heat pump is powerful enough to abruptly heat up or cool down the various rooms. The individual air handlers in each room allow customizable temperature control and avoid heating/cooling empty rooms.