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

August 18, 2017

Most homeowners are most familiar with central air conditioners.

Mini-split systems are a kind of ductless heating and cooling. In place of delivering conditioned air to the entire residence with a network of air ducts, they heat and cool a single room at a time. This allows more advanced temperature control, improving comfort and energy efficiency.

How Do Mini-Split Air Conditioners Work?

Mini-splits are most like heat pumps in the way they run. Both types of equipment offer electric cooling, the same as an air conditioner. This involves using refrigerant to remove heat from inside a building and issuing that warm air outside. Then, a reversing valve permits the system to operate backward, heating your home in the winter by extracting heat from outdoor air and bringing it inside.

The biggest contrast between mini-splits and heat pumps is that mini-split systems don’t require ductwork. As an alternative, the indoor unit has a built-in air handler, which mounts directly to the wall or ceiling in the space you want to heat and cool. Copper tubes, wiring and a condensate drain line join 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, permitting you to heat and cool your entire residence with this system if wanted. This configuration also makes zoning feasible, a highly attractive feature that allows you to customize when, where and how much you heat and cool distinct rooms.

Informational Graph 

Is a Ductless Mini-Split Right for My Home?

Mini-splits are a great choice for the majority of households. Consider these reasons why using a ductless mini-split might be right for you:

  • You can heat and cool an entire home that has no existing ductwork.
  • It’s possible to shut off the heat and air conditioning in unoccupied areas to save on your utility expenses.
  • Mini-splits provide additional heating and cooling for spaces that are difficult to keep cozy.
  • Use a ductless system to heat and cool a home addition or enclosed porch without the expense of adding ductwork or the annoyance of relying on window AC units.
  • Mini splits are the perfect choice for spaces where ductwork is impractical. A few examples might be historic houses, tiny homes, temperature controlled sheds or workshops, or garage conversions.
  • What are the Benefits of a Mini-Split System?

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

    • Avoid the drawbacks 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 as much as 30 percent on your heating and cooling costs. Plus, if your home doesn’t already have ducts, you avoid the hassle and cost associated with installing them.
    • Select the ideal setting for all rooms: With zoned heating and cooling from a ductless mini-split, you can keep an office chilly while maintaining a cozy nursery—all while optimizing energy efficiency.
    • Conserve money and energy by not heating and cooling empty areas: Shutting supply registers in a central HVAC system can throw it off kilter, putting strain on the equipment and canceling any potential savings. But with independent air handlers in every room, you can heat and cool specific rooms only when you need them.

    Rely on Niagara Home Services by Enercare to Add Your Mini-Split Air Conditioner

    The same as standard HVAC systems, ductless mini-splits call for careful sizing and Expert installation to ensure the most efficient performance. Our skilled mini split installers in Niagara Falls can help you decide if a mini-split system will fit your needs. We can then support you with figuring out the exact equipment size and model to make your home as comfortable and energy-efficient as possible.

    For more info, or to get an appointment, contact Niagara Home Services by Enercare at 289-273-2229. You can also schedule an appointment online.