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

August 18, 2017

The majority of homeowners are informed about central air conditioners.

Mini-split systems are a type of ductless heating and cooling. Instead of giving conditioned air to the total house via a network of air ducts, they heat and cool one 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 similar to heat pumps in the way they run. Both styles of equipment deliver electric cooling, the same as an air conditioner. This involves using refrigerant to draw out heat from in a building and discharging that warm air outside. Then, a reversing valve allows the system to run backward, heating your residence in the winter by extracting heat from outdoor air and depositing it inside.

The main contrast between mini-splits and heat pumps is that mini-split systems don’t have to have ductwork. As an alternative, the indoor unit has a built-in air handler, which fits directly on the wall or ceiling in the area you are looking to heat and cool. Copper tubes, wiring and a condensate drain line link 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 one outdoor condenser, allowing you to heat and cool your total residence with this system if desired. This set-up also makes zoning practical, a highly attractive feature that permits you to choose when, where and how much you heat and cool distinct spaces.

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

Mini-splits are an excellent solution for many households. Think over these reasons why using a ductless mini-split might be a smart choice for your home:

  • You can heat and cool an entire residence that has no existing ductwork.
  • It’s possible to turn off the heat and air conditioning in empty areas to save on your heating and cooling expenses.
  • Mini-splits provide added heating and cooling for spaces that are tricky to keep cozy.
  • Use a ductless system to heat and cool a house addition or enclosed porch without the expense of putting in ductwork or the hassle of having window AC units.
  • Mini split systems are the natural choice for spaces where overhead ductwork is impractical. A few examples might be historic homes, tiny homes, temperature controlled sheds or workshops, or garage conversions.
  • What are the Pluses of a Mini-Split System?

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

    • Avoid the drawbacks of ductwork: By giving heated and cooled air directly, air doesn’t go through holey air ducts on its way to all rooms. This can save you as much as 30 percent on your heating and cooling expenses. Along with that, if your residence doesn’t already include ducts, you avoid the inconvenience and price associated with adding them.
    • Select the right temp for each room: With zoned heating and cooling from a ductless mini-split, you can keep an office chilly while maintaining a warm nursery—all while making the most of energy efficiency.
    • Use less money and energy by not heating and cooling unused spaces: Closing supply registers in a central HVAC system can disturb it, straining the equipment and invalidating any potential savings. But with detached air handlers in all rooms, you can heat and cool particular areas only when you need them.

    Depend on Service Experts Commercial HVAC to Add Your Mini-Split Air Conditioner

    The same as traditional HVAC systems, ductless mini-splits need meticulous sizing and Expert installation to deliver the most efficient performance. Our skilled mini split installers in Toronto can help you decide if a mini-split system will fit your needs. We can then support you with finding the correct equipment size and model to make your house as comfortable and energy-efficient as possible.

    For extra details, or to get an appointment, get in touch with Service Experts Commercial HVAC at 289-201-2346. You can also schedule an appointment online.