All About Mini-Split Air Conditioners: What They Are and How They Work

August 18, 2017

Many homeowners are informed about central air conditioners.

Mini-split systems are a kind of ductless heating and cooling. In place of providing conditioned air to the entire home with a network of air ducts, they heat and cool a lone room at a time. This provides more direct temperature control, improving comfort and energy efficiency.

How Do Mini-Split Air Conditioners Work?

Mini-splits most closely resemble heat pumps in the way they operate. Both types of equipment provide electric cooling, similar to an air conditioner. This uses refrigerant to extract heat from within a building and exhausting that warm air outside. Then, a reversing valve enables the system to operate backward, adding warmth to your residence in the winter by pulling heat from outdoor air and depositing it inside.

The largest 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 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 complete home with this system if wanted. This configuration also makes zoning feasible, a highly popular feature that lets you choose when, where and how much you heat and cool specific areas.

Mini-split basics infographic Edmonton 

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

Mini-splits are an excellent option for most households. Think over these reasons why using a ductless mini-split might be a wise choise for you:

  • You can heat and cool a total house that doesn’t have existing ductwork.
  • You can switch off the heat and air conditioning in unused rooms to save on your utility bills.
  • Mini-splits give supplementary heating and cooling for areas that are difficult to keep cozy.
  • Use a ductless system to heat and cool a residence addition or enclosed patio without the cost of putting in ductwork or the inconvenience of using window AC units.
  • Mini splits are the perfect choice for spaces where traditional ducts 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 extremely effective systems, but you might still be wondering why you would want to install it over a common furnace and air conditioner. Here’s why a growing number of Edmonton homeowners are installing ductless mini-splits:

    • Avoid the pitfalls of ductwork: By delivering heated and cooled air directly, air doesn’t pass through cracked air ducts on its way to every room. This can save you nearly 30 percent on your heating and cooling bills. Along with that, if your house doesn’t already use ducts, you avoid the hassle and expense that comes with putting them in.
    • Choose the ideal temp 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 maximizing energy efficiency.
    • Conserve money and energy by not heating and cooling unused areas: Shutting supply registers in a central HVAC system can throw it off balance, putting strain on the equipment and invalidating any likely savings. But with individual air handlers in each room, you can heat and cool specific spaces only when you need them.

    Trust McKinley Heating Service Experts to Add Your Mini-Split Air Conditioner

    The same as common HVAC systems, ductless mini-splits require accurate sizing and Expert installation to ensure the most efficient performance. Our skilled mini split installers in Edmonton can help you decide if a mini-split system will fit your needs. We can then support you with figuring out the correct equipment size and model to make your house as comfortable and energy-efficient as possible.

    For more information, or to request an appointment, get in touch with McKinley Heating Service Experts at 780-800-7092. You can also schedule an appointment online.

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