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

August 18, 2017

Many homeowners are informed about central air conditioners.

Mini-split systems are a type of ductless heating and cooling. Instead of giving conditioned air to the full house with a network of air ducts, they heat and cool a single room at a time. This allows more targeted temperature control, increasing comfort and energy efficiency.

How Do Mini-Split Air Conditioners Work?

Mini-splits most closely resemble heat pumps in the way they run. Both models of equipment deliver electric cooling, similar to an air conditioner. This requires using refrigerant to remove heat from within a building and issuing that heat outside. Then, a reversing valve allows the system to run backward, heating your home in the winter by pulling heat from outdoor air and depositing it inside.

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

Several indoor units can link to one outdoor condenser, enabling you to heat and cool your total home with this system if if you want. This arrangement also makes zoning possible, a highly attractive feature that allows you to choose when, where and how much you heat and cool specific areas.

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Is a Ductless Mini-Split Right for My Residence?

Mini-splits are a fantastic option for most households. Think over these reasons why installing a ductless mini-split could be right for you:

  • You can heat and cool a complete residence that has no existing ductwork.
  • It’s possible to switch off the heat and air conditioning in empty areas to save on your energy expenses.
  • Mini-splits deliver supplementary heating and cooling for areas that are hard to keep comfortable.
  • Use a ductless system to heat and cool a house addition or enclosed porch without the expense of installing ductwork or the annoyance of having window AC units.
  • Mini split systems are the perfect choice for spaces where ductwork is impractical. A few examples might be historic houses, tiny homes, temperature controlled sheds or workshops, or garage conversions.
  • What are the Benefits of a Mini-Split System?

    Ductless mini-splits are extremely effective systems, but you could still be considering why you would want to install it over a regular furnace and air conditioner. Here’s why more Edmonton homeowners are using ductless mini-splits:

    • Avoid the drawbacks of ductwork: By providing heated and cooled air directly, air doesn’t go through leaky air ducts on its way to each room. This can save you upward of 30 percent on your heating and cooling bills. Also, if your home doesn’t already have ducts, you avoid the inconvenience and expense connected to adding them.
    • Choose the right setting for each room: With zoned heating and cooling from a ductless mini-split, you can keep an office refreshing while maintaining a warm nursery—all while optimizing energy efficiency.
    • Save money and energy by not heating and cooling empty spaces: Securing supply registers in a central HVAC system can disturb it, straining the equipment and negating any likely savings. But with independent air handlers in every room, you can heat and cool particular rooms only when you need them.

    Rely on Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to Put in Your Mini-Split Air Conditioner

    The same as common HVAC systems, ductless mini-splits require meticulous sizing and Expert installation to deliver the most efficient performance. Our knowledgeable mini split installers in Edmonton can help you decide if a mini-split system will meet your needs. We can then assist with finding the correct equipment size and model to make your house as comfortable and energy-efficient as possible.

    For more info, or to schedule an appointment, get in touch with Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 587-404-0790. You can also schedule an appointment online.

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