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

August 18, 2017

Most homeowners are acquainted with central air conditioners.

Mini-split systems are a kind of ductless heating and cooling. Instead of providing conditioned air to the complete home through a network of air ducts, they heat and cool a single room at a time. This delivers more advanced temperature control, increasing comfort and energy efficiency.

How Do Mini-Split Air Conditioners Work?

Mini-splits are most like heat pumps in the way they run. Both kinds of equipment deliver electric cooling, the same as an air conditioner. This involves using refrigerant to remove heat from in a building and exhausting that heat outside. Then, a reversing valve enables the system to work backward, heating your home in the winter by removing heat from outdoor air and adding it inside.

The main contrast between mini-splits and heat pumps is that mini-split systems don’t require ductwork. Instead, the indoor unit has a built-in air handler, which is installed on the wall or ceiling in the room you want to heat and cool. Copper tubes, wiring and a condensate drain line link to an outdoor condensing unit through a small conduit in the wall. This exterior component looks much like an air conditioner or heat pump condenser.

More than one indoor unit can link to one outdoor condenser, enabling you to heat and cool your entire residence with this system if if you want. This configuration also makes zoning practical, a highly coveted feature that lets you choose when, where and how much you heat and cool distinct rooms.

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Is a Ductless Mini-Split Right for My House?

Mini-splits are a fantastic solution for the majority of households. Consider these reasons why using a ductless mini-split could be a good choice for your home:

  • You can heat and cool an entire residence that doesn’t have existing ductwork.
  • It’s possible to turn off the heat and air conditioning in unoccupied areas to save on your utility expenses.
  • Mini-splits provide extra heating and cooling for areas that are hard to keep comfy.
  • Use a ductless system to heat and cool a home addition or enclosed patio without the expense of adding ductwork or the hassle of having window AC units.
  • Mini splits are the natural choice for spaces where ductwork is impractical. A few examples are historic houses, tiny homes, temperature controlled sheds or workshops, or garage conversions.
  • What are the Advantages of a Mini-Split System?

    Ductless mini-splits are very efficient systems, but you could still be considering why you would want to choose it over a traditional furnace and air conditioner. Here’s why a growing number of Daytona Beach homeowners are getting ductless mini-splits:

    • Avoid the pitfalls of ductwork: By providing heated and cooled air directly, air doesn’t pass through holey air ducts on its way to each room. This can save you upward of 30 percent on your heating and cooling expenses. Along with that, if your house doesn’t already include ducts, you avoid the hassle and cost that comes with installing them.
    • Find the best setting for all rooms: With zoned heating and cooling from a ductless mini-split, you can keep an office cool while maintaining a cozy nursery—all while making the most of energy efficiency.
    • Use less money and energy by not heating and cooling empty areas: Securing supply registers in a central HVAC system can throw it off balance, putting stress on the equipment and negating any likely savings. But with individual air handlers in every room, you can heat and cool specific rooms only when you need them.

    Trust All American Air Service Experts to Install Your Mini-Split Air Conditioner

    The same as regular HVAC systems, ductless mini-splits need accurate sizing and Expert installation to provide the greatest performance. Our knowledgeable mini split installers in Daytona Beach can help you determine 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 home as comfortable and energy-efficient as possible.

    For added information, or to request an appointment, get in touch with All American Air Service Experts at 386-310-2061. You can also schedule an appointment online.

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