All About Mini-Split Air Conditioners: What They Are and How They Cool

August 18, 2017

Most homeowners are acquainted with central air conditioners.

Mini-split systems are a kind of ductless heating and cooling. In place of delivering conditioned air to the complete house with a network of air ducts, they heat and cool one room at a time. This delivers more targeted temperature control, enhancing comfort and energy efficiency.

How Do Mini-Split Air Conditioners Work?

Mini-splits are most like heat pumps in the way they run. Both types of equipment deliver electric cooling, similar to an air conditioner. This uses refrigerant to remove heat from in a building and exhausting that heat outside. Then, a reversing valve allows the system to run backward, adding warmth to your residence in the winter by removing heat from outdoor air and adding it inside.

The main difference between mini-splits and heat pumps is that mini-split systems don’t require ductwork. Instead, the indoor unit has a built-in air handler, which mounts directly to the wall or ceiling in the room you wish to heat and cool. Copper tubes, wiring and a condensate drain line join to an outdoor condensing unit through a small conduit in the wall. This exterior component looks similar to an air conditioner or heat pump condenser.

More than one indoor unit can connect to one outdoor condenser, allowing you to heat and cool your entire residence with this system if if you want. This arrangement also makes zoning practical, an extremely coveted feature that allows you to determine when, where and how much you heat and cool distinct rooms.

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Is a Ductless Mini-Split Right for My House?

Mini-splits are a good solution for the majority of households. Consider these reasons why installing a ductless mini-split could be right for your home:

  • You can heat and cool a complete house that doesn’t have existing ductwork.
  • You can switch off the heat and air conditioning in empty areas to save on your heating and cooling costs.
  • Mini-splits provide added heating and cooling for rooms that are difficult to keep comfortable.
  • Use a ductless system to heat and cool a house addition or enclosed porch without the hassle of installing ductwork or the annoyance of relying on window AC units.
  • Mini splits are the ideal choice for spaces where traditional ducts is impractical. A few examples might be period homes, tiny homes, temperature controlled sheds or workshops, or garage conversions.
  • What are the Benefits of a Mini-Split System?

    Ductless mini-splits are extremely efficient systems, but you could still be wondering why you would want to install it over a traditional furnace and air conditioner. Here’s why a growing number of London homeowners are using ductless mini-splits:

    • Avoid the hidden issues of ductwork: By providing heated and cooled air directly, air doesn’t go through leaky air ducts on its way to all rooms. This can save you as much as 30 percent on your heating and cooling costs. Also, if your house doesn’t already have ducts, you avoid the hassle and price connected to putting them in.
    • Choose the right setting for all rooms: With zoned heating and cooling from a ductless mini-split, you can keep an office cool while maintaining a cozy nursery—all while optimizing energy efficiency.
    • Use less money and energy by not heating and cooling vacant rooms: Closing supply registers in a central HVAC system can throw it off kilter, putting stress on the equipment and canceling any potential savings. But with individual air handlers in every room, you can heat and cool certain spaces only when you need them.

    Trust Roy Inch & Sons Home Services by Enercare to Install Your Mini-Split Air Conditioner

    Much like common HVAC systems, ductless mini-splits need accurate sizing and Expert installation to deliver the greatest performance. Our experienced mini split installers in London can help you figure out if a mini-split system will meet your needs. We can then help you with figuring out the precise equipment size and model to make your home as comfortable and energy-efficient as possible.

    For extra info, or to request an appointment, get in touch with Roy Inch & Sons Home Services by Enercare at 226-270-1164. You can also schedule an appointment online.