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

August 18, 2017

The majority of homeowners are acquainted with central air conditioners.

Mini-split systems are a type of ductless heating and cooling. Instead of giving conditioned air to the entire residence with a network of air ducts, they heat and cool one room at a time. This delivers more advanced temperature control, improving comfort and energy efficiency.

How Do Mini-Split Air Conditioners Work?

Mini-splits most closely resemble heat pumps in the way they run. Both types of equipment provide electric cooling, the same as an air conditioner. This requires using refrigerant to extract heat from within a building and issuing that heat outside. Then, a reversing valve enables the system to operate backward, warming your house in the winter by pulling heat from outdoor air and adding it inside.

The main distinction between mini-splits and heat pumps is that mini-split systems don’t need 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 link 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 work off of an individual outdoor condenser, enabling you to heat and cool your complete residence with this system if wanted. This configuration also makes zoning practical, a very popular feature that allows you to choose when, where and how much you heat and cool distinct rooms.

Mini-split basics infographic Jackson 

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

Mini-splits are a great choice for most households. Think about these reasons why installing a ductless mini-split may be a smart choice for you:

  • You can heat and cool an entire residence that lacks existing ductwork.
  • You can shut off the heat and air conditioning in unoccupied rooms to save on your utility expenses.
  • Mini-splits deliver supplementary heating and cooling for rooms that are tricky to keep cozy.
  • Use a ductless system to heat and cool a residence addition or enclosed porch without the cost of adding ductwork or the annoyance of using window AC units.
  • Mini split systems are the perfect choice for spaces where overhead ductwork is impractical. A few examples are period 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 capable systems, but you might still be considering why you would want to choose it over a common furnace and air conditioner. Here’s why more Jackson homeowners are getting ductless mini-splits:

    • Avoid the hidden issues of ductwork: By delivering heated and cooled air directly, air doesn’t go through holey air ducts on its way to each room. This can save you upward of 30 percent on your heating and cooling expenses. Also, if your house doesn’t already include ducts, you avoid the hassle and price associated with adding them.
    • Find the ideal temperature 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 maximizing energy efficiency.
    • Save money and energy by not heating and cooling empty areas: Securing supply registers in a central HVAC system can throw it off balance, straining the equipment and invalidating any possible savings. But with individual air handlers in each room, you can heat and cool particular rooms only when you need them.

    Trust Comfortech Service Experts to Add Your Mini-Split Air Conditioner

    Much like standard HVAC systems, ductless mini-splits need accurate sizing and Expert installation to ensure the greatest performance. Our knowledgeable mini split installers in Jackson can help you decide if a mini-split system will meet your needs. We can then help you with determining the exact equipment size and model to make your home as comfortable and energy-efficient as possible.

    For more details, or to schedule an appointment, contact Comfortech Service Experts at 601-852-3105. You can also schedule an appointment online.

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