Guide to Mini-Split Air Conditioners: What They Are and How They Cool

August 18, 2017

Most homeowners are informed about central air conditioners.

Mini-split systems are a kind of ductless heating and cooling. In place of delivering conditioned air to the entire residence via a network of air ducts, they heat and cool a lone room at a time. This delivers more advanced temperature control, improving comfort and energy efficiency.

How Do Mini-Split Air Conditioners Work?

Mini-splits are most like heat pumps in the way they run. Both styles of equipment provide electric cooling, the same as an air conditioner. This uses refrigerant to draw out heat from in a building and discharging that warmth outside. Then, a reversing valve allows the system to operate backward, warming your house in the winter by pulling heat from outdoor air and bringing it inside.

The biggest contrast between mini-splits and heat pumps is that mini-split systems don’t need ductwork. Instead, the indoor unit has a built-in air handler, which fits directly on the wall or ceiling in the room you want to heat and cool. Copper tubes, wiring and a condensate drain line connect to an outdoor condensing unit through a little conduit in the wall. This exterior component looks like an air conditioner or heat pump condenser.

Multiple indoor units can work off of a single outdoor condenser, allowing you to heat and cool your full home with this system if wanted. This set-up also makes zoning practical, a highly desirable feature that lets you customize when, where and how much you heat and cool distinct areas.

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Is a Ductless Mini-Split the Best Option for My Residence?

Mini-splits are a good solution for many households. Consider these reasons why using a ductless mini-split could be a smart choice for you:

  • You can heat and cool a total house that has no existing ductwork.
  • You can turn off the heat and air conditioning in unoccupied areas to save on your heating and cooling expenses.
  • Mini-splits provide additional heating and cooling for spaces that are tricky to keep comfy.
  • Use a ductless system to heat and cool a residence addition or enclosed porch without the cost of installing ductwork or the annoyance of relying on window AC units.
  • Mini split systems are the ideal choice for spaces where traditional ducts is impractical. A few examples might be historic houses, tiny homes, temperature controlled sheds or workshops, or garage conversions.
  • What are the Perks of a Mini-Split System?

    Ductless mini-splits are highly capable systems, but you could still be considering why you would want to select it over a common furnace and air conditioner. Here’s why more Kitchener homeowners are using ductless mini-splits:

    • Avoid the hidden issues of ductwork: By giving heated and cooled air directly, air doesn’t move through holey air ducts on its way to every room. This can save you nearly 30 percent on your heating and cooling costs. Plus, if your residence doesn’t already have ducts, you avoid the annoyance and expense associated with adding them.
    • Choose the ideal temp for each room: With zoned heating and cooling from a ductless mini-split, you can keep an office chilly while maintaining a warm nursery—all while making the most of energy efficiency.
    • Save money and energy by not heating and cooling vacant rooms: Shutting supply registers in a central HVAC system can throw it off kilter, straining the equipment and canceling any possible savings. But with individual air handlers in all rooms, you can heat and cool specific rooms only when you need them.

    Depend on Boehmers/Cronin Emery Home Services by Enercare to Add Your Mini-Split Air Conditioner

    The same as common HVAC systems, ductless mini-splits call for careful sizing and Expert installation to deliver the greatest performance. Our experienced mini split installers in Kitchener can help you decide if a mini-split system will meet your needs. We can then support you with finding the exact equipment size and model to make your residence as comfortable and energy-efficient as possible.

    For added details, or to request an appointment, contact Boehmers/Cronin Emery Home Services by Enercare at 519-804-1617. You can also schedule an appointment online.