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

Many homeowners are acquainted with central air conditioners

Mini-split systems are a type of ductless heating and cooling. In place of providing conditioned air to the full home with a network of air ducts, they heat and cool a single room at a time. This delivers more targeted 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 cool. Both kinds of equipment offer electric cooling, the same as an air conditioner. This involves using refrigerant to remove heat from inside a building and discharging that warmth outside. Then, a reversing valve enables the system to work backward, warming your residence in the winter by removing heat from outdoor air and bringing it inside. 

The largest contrast between mini-splits and heat pumps is that mini-split systems don’t need 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 little conduit in the wall. This exterior component looks similar to an air conditioner or heat pump condenser. 

Multiple indoor units can link to one outdoor condenser, enabling you to heat and cool your total residence with this system if wanted. This set-up also makes zoning practical, a highly attractive feature that allows you to determine when, where and how much you heat and cool distinct spaces. 

Mini Split chart

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

Mini-splits are a good option for most households. Think about these reasons why installing a ductless mini-split may be a good choice for your home: 

  • You can heat and cool a total residence that lacks existing ductwork. 
  • You can turn off the heat and air conditioning in unused spaces to save on your energy costs. 
  • Mini-splits deliver extra heating and cooling for areas that are hard to keep cozy. 
  • Use a ductless system to heat and cool a residence addition or enclosed porch without the expense of putting in ductwork or the hassle of having window AC units. 
  • Mini splits are the natural choice for spaces where ductwork is impractical. A few examples might be historic homes, tiny homes, temperature controlled sheds or workshops, or garage conversions. 

What are the Perks of a Mini-Split System? 

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

  • Avoid the hidden issues of ductwork: By providing heated and cooled air directly, air doesn’t go through cracked air ducts on its way to every room. This can save you nearly 30 percent on your heating and cooling expenses. Also, if your residence doesn’t already have ducts, you avoid the annoyance and cost connected to adding them. 
  • Choose the ideal setting for every room: 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 unused spaces: Shutting supply registers in a central HVAC system can throw it off balance, putting stress on the equipment and invalidating any likely savings. But with independent air handlers in every room, you can heat and cool particular areas only when you need them. 

Rely on Midway Services to Install Your Mini-Split Air Conditioner 

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

For added information, or to book an appointment, get in touch with Midway Services at 727-219-2471. You can also schedule an appointment online

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