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Introduction to Mini-Split Systems
Welcome to the HVACdirect.com video education series. My name is Mary, and in this article, we will be discussing what a mini-split system is and how it can benefit you. Mini-split systems are heating and cooling systems that allow you to control the temperatures in individual rooms or spaces. Mini-split systems have two main components – an outdoor compressor condenser and an indoor air handling unit.
What sets a Mini-Split System apart from Conventional AC Units?
Like a conventional AC unit, a mini-split system uses copper tubing to carry the refrigerant from the outdoor unit, which contains the compressor and condenser, to the indoor air handler. But with a mini-split system, the conditioned air blows directly out of the indoor air handler into the room, rather than being routed through ductwork. Depending on your needs, you can have a system with up to eight zones, although four or five air handlers are typical for a standard home.
Air Handlers for Different Zones
The air handlers in a mini-split system are mounted in different zones or rooms throughout the house. You can choose from a wide range of indoor units that can be either mounted on the wall, floor, ceiling, or integrated into the ductwork.
Heating Your Home with a Mini-Split System
In the winter months, a mini-split system can heat your home using a ductless heat pump system. Like traditional heat pumps, ductless mini-split systems connect an indoor air handling unit to an outdoor compressor condenser. However, unlike a heat pump, the indoor air handler is directly installed into the room or zone, rather than needing extra ductwork to transfer the conditioned air into the rooms of your home.
Ductless Heat Pump System for Different Climates
A ductless heat pump system is an excellent solution for climates that don't drop below freezing. For climates that do drop below freezing, you may want to consider a backup heating system. To learn more about how a heat pump works, be sure to check out our video “What is a Heat Pump?”.
Mini-Split Systems and Home Additions or Renovations
Mini-split systems are perfect for home additions or renovations in which ductwork cannot be installed or would be an added expense. Without the need for ducts, the mini-split system can be installed quicker and easier.
Energy Efficiency of Mini-Split Systems
Mini-split systems are also much more efficient, reaching much higher Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) ratings than a typical ducted system. So when considering a new air conditioning unit, be sure to check out all of our mini-split options located under the “Ductless Mini-Split” tab on the top of our page.
Key Benefits of Mini-Split Systems
By this point, you should have a good understanding of what a mini-split system is and how it can benefit you. To summarize, here are some key points about mini-split systems:
- They allow for temperature control in individual rooms or spaces.
- No need for ductwork, which makes installation quicker and easier.
- Excellent solution for home additions or renovations where ductwork cannot be installed.
- Heats your home using a ductless heat pump system, suitable for climates that don't drop below freezing.
- More energy-efficient compared to conventional AC units, with higher SEER ratings.
By considering a mini-split system for your home, you can potentially save yourself time and money on installation, reduce your energy consumption, and maintain more precise control over the temperature in each room of your home. Be sure to explore all of the available options and consult a professional to determine the best system for your specific needs.