Installing a mini-split in your home is one of the best decisions you'll ever make.
They are quiet, discrete, and arguably the most efficient way to control the climate in any home. In this article, we'll show you how to pick the best strategy for your home while providing links to all of the possible equipment you'll need.
What is a Mini Split? Named for their split design, a ductless mini split system is a comfort solution used for countless HVAC installations the world over.
Consisting of an outdoor unit and one or more indoor units, mini splits can be utilized as a standalone system, supplemental system, or for dedicated rooms. Their ductless design provides flexible and compact installations making them ideal for almost any application.
Some installations include bringing a mini-split into unconditioned spaces such as garages or additions and they can also be in used rooms that are under-served. Mini Splits are perfect even for historical homes without ductwork as a complete heating and cooling solution.
Quiet Comfort With sound ratings as low as 19 dB, mini split units can operate at sound levels quieter than a whisper. This means your mini split will not only be unobtrusive, but you may even forget it's running at all.
Why Mini Splits? Energy Efficiency = Savings By combining several energy-saving technologies, mini splits are one of the most energy-efficient ways to keep your home comfortable all year round. Inverter-driven condensers cut down on waste by delivering precise amounts of heating or cooling required to keep your space comfortable thus minimizing energy costs. Compared to conventional central-air equipment, mini splits use advanced control algorithms, intelligently-designed heat exchangers, and inverter-driven compressors to save you 30% or more on energy bills and achieve incredible efficiency ratings over 28 SEER.
Mini splits with inverter technology are more efficient and maintain more even temperatures than traditional HVAC systems.
Superior Comfort Unlike traditional systems which are either ON or OFF, inverter-driven units can vary the amount of cooling or heating they deliver.
This means that instead of cycling and swinging from too hot to too cold, a mini split will deliver continuous heating or cooling -- virtually eliminating temperature variation and keeping you perfectly comfortable all the time!
As an added benefit, they even remove moisture the entire time they're running, making your home even more comfortable.
Ductless Air Conditioner vs. Heat Pump Before you go off and try to purchase a mini split, you'll first need to decide if you want one that will do both heating and cooling or one just to cool the air.
Choosing a heat pump versus an air conditioner is pretty simple. Cooling-only mini split systems are typically found in tropical or desert climates as well as special applications like server rooms.
Mini split heat pumps are the most popular choice as they can be used anywhere to cool in the summer with the option of heating in the winter.
How Many Zones? Another key benefit of mini-split systems is the option to zone your home into multiple areas.
The ability to zone your home with a mini split system gives you tremendous control and flexibility over your home’s environment. You are able to condition only the spaces you need when you need them while controlling each space independently.
Single Zone Single-zone systems are simple, consisting of a single outdoor unit and indoor unit.
These types of systems are ideal for adding cooling and heating to previously unconditioned spaces or to supplement under-served spaces in an existing system.
The only drawback is that single-zone systems cannot be converted into multi-zone systems at a later time.
Multi-Zone Multi-zone systems consist of a single outdoor unit with up to 8 indoor units giving you a combination of control, comfort, and efficiency that no other system on the market is able to match.
Each indoor unit operates independently of the others in the circuit, providing you with individualized comfort in each space. For example, you can turn off your laundry room unit until laundry day, or you can adjust the unit in your kitchen when you're cooking a meal - the possibilities are endless.
Choosing an Indoor Unit There are multiple types of indoor units available to serve your home's needs. The indoor unit(s) you choose should be based on your home's layout as well as your aesthetic preference.
Installation Installing HVAC equipment is highly technical and best left to the professionals.
Take it from us, finding the best contractor to install your equipment is essential to ensure years of reliable service and warranty coverage. You don't want to go through all the trouble of getting the best equipment just to have it improperly installed and not work properly.