Mini-split systems are heating and cooling systems that give the ability to control the temperatures in individual rooms or spaces.
These are predominantly used in homes or properties where there is no duct work present. Many times, adding a mini-split system to a room or home without ducts can be a great alternative to the large expense of installing duct work. These rooms may include:
Most mini-split systems are heat pumps, meaning they both heat and cool your home. There are also mini-split systems available which only provide air conditioning, which works well with homes that already have heating through their thermal energy heating system.
When shopping for a mini-split system, it is important to determine the desired energy efficiency (SEER Rating), the correct sizing of the system (the square footage of the area involved), and the number of indoor air handling units required.
There are two main parts to the mini-split system: an outdoor compressor/condensing unit and an indoor air handling unit (evaporator). There is a conduit which houses a power cable, refrigerant tubing, suction tubing and a condensate drain which links and joins the outdoor and indoor units.
In many cases, multiple indoor air handling units will connect to a single outdoor unit to provide heating and air conditioning to your entire home. Each of these indoor units can be individually temperature-controlled. This means that by only heating and cooling the rooms that are in use, a lot of energy and money on your utility bills can be saved by keeping the temperatures low in the rooms that are not being used.
The indoor air handling units may be suspended from a ceiling, mounted flush into a ceiling, hung on a wall, or even floor standing models are available. Most are about 7” deep and offer remote control devices for ease of temperature maintenance.
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