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

August 18, 2017

Many homeowners are most familiar with central air conditioners.

Mini-split systems are a form of ductless heating and cooling. Rather than providing conditioned air to the full residence through a network of air ducts, they heat and cool one room at a time. This provides more targeted 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 offer electric cooling, just like an air conditioner. This involves using refrigerant to extract heat from in a building and discharging that heat outside. Then, a reversing valve enables the system to operate backward, heating your residence in the winter by pulling heat from outdoor air and adding it inside.

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

Multiple indoor units can work off of a single outdoor condenser, permitting you to heat and cool your full residence with this system if wanted. This configuration also makes zoning feasible, a very coveted feature that allows you to customize when, where and how much you heat and cool individual areas.

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Is a Ductless Mini-Split the Best Choice for My House?

Mini-splits are an excellent option for the majority of households. Think about these reasons why getting a ductless mini-split might be a good choice for you:

  • You can heat and cool a total residence that doesn’t have existing ductwork.
  • You’ll be able to switch off the heat and air conditioning in unused areas to save on your heating and cooling costs.
  • Mini-splits give extra heating and cooling for spaces that are hard to keep comfortable.
  • Use a ductless system to heat and cool a residence addition or sunroom without the hassle of installing ductwork or the hassle of relying on window AC units.
  • Mini split systems are the natural choice for spaces where overhead ductwork is impractical. A few examples might be historic houses, tiny homes, temperature controlled sheds or workshops, or garage conversions.
  • What are the Perks of a Mini-Split System?

    Ductless mini-splits are very capable systems, but you may still be thinking why you would want to install it over a regular furnace and air conditioner. Here’s why a growing number of East Syracuse homeowners are using ductless mini-splits:

    • Avoid the drawbacks of ductwork: By giving heated and cooled air directly, air doesn’t go through leaky air ducts on its way to every room. This can save you upward of 30 percent on your heating and cooling bills. Plus, if your home doesn’t already have ducts, you avoid the inconvenience and cost that comes with adding them.
    • Choose the right setting for every room: With zoned heating and cooling from a ductless mini-split, you can keep an office chilly while maintaining a comfortable nursery—all while optimizing 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 kilter, putting strain on the equipment and canceling any potential savings. But with detached air handlers in all rooms, you can heat and cool certain areas only when you need them.

    Depend on Falso Service Experts to Put in Your Mini-Split Air Conditioner

    The same as common HVAC systems, ductless mini-splits call for accurate sizing and Expert installation to ensure the most efficient performance. Our knowledgeable mini split installers in East Syracuse can help you figure out if a mini-split system will meet your needs. We can then assist with figuring out the precise equipment size and model to make your residence as comfortable and energy-efficient as possible.

    For extra information, or to request an appointment, contact Falso Service Experts at 315-313-6531. You can also schedule an appointment online.

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