Mini-splits are convenient and versatile heating and cooling products. If you need to install a new HVAC system in your home, they could be the best solutions. Here’s everything you need to know about these innovative devices to determine whether they’re right for your needs.
How Do They Work?
A mini-split features an outdoor condenser or compressor and multiple indoor air-handling units. Each indoor unit is placed inside the room or rooms that need to be treated. The indoor and outdoor parts are connected via refrigerant lines, eliminating the need for ductwork, which central air relies on.
In cooling mode, the system collects warm indoor air and transports it outside to the condenser via hidden pipes. The air moves through coils, transferring energy to the refrigerant and converting it into a gaseous state. This gas moves to the compressor, and the system uses electricity to turn it back into a liquid. At this stage, the previously warm air is cool and sent back into the air-handler, which distributes it throughout the room. The reverse occurs in heating mode, with the device creating warmth from ambient air outdoors and sending it into the house.
What are the benefits?
Mini-splits are well-suited for homes that don’t have existing ductwork. Not only can ductwork installation be expensive, but the system can also lead to considerable energy loss. Since they require no ducts, these devices are cost-effective and energy-efficient. This means they’re also ideal for garages, attics, room additions, and other spaces where ducts can’t be installed.
Mini-splits are also simple to control. While there are buttons directly on the indoor units, most products have remotes so you can set the perfect temperature from anywhere in the room.
Plus, since each area has its own unit, you can save energy by keeping it cooler or warmer as needed. For example, you might turn off climate control in bedrooms during the day when people are at work and school, then turn them on in the evening, thus reducing the household’s daily energy consumption.