How to use mini-splits in your home
If you are looking into upgrading or updating your home’s heating and cooling system, installing a ductless mini-split is something you should consider. A mini-split is very similar to a traditional HVAC unit – it has an outdoor condenser and an indoor air-handling unit, and many models can provide both heating and cooling. However, the biggest benefit of a ductless mini-split is the fact that it is ductless. Traditionally HVAC systems circulate air throughout a home through air ducts that either run under the floor or in the ceiling. Having a mini-split system that can operate just as well as traditional HVAC units, without ducts, could be the answer for heating and cooling your home.
When selecting a mini-split, you need to answer these questions:
- Do you have a traditional HVAC unit with ductwork already?
- Are you heating and cooling a small or large space?
- Is the space you are heating and cooling a new addition or part of the original structure?
Ductless mini-splits come in single-zone and multi-zone options. The multi-zone option can heat and cool up to 4 rooms. It doesn’t need ductwork because the zones are connected through small refrigerant lines. The indoor air-handling units are all connected to a single outdoor air compressor by these lines. This also means that you can have the zones on multiple levels – it doesn’t have to be confined to the first floor. The refrigerant lines are small, easy to install, and inconspicuous. There are many benefits of mini-splits.
Mini-splits are great add-ons to a home because they allow you to personalize the temperature in a specific area. If you are putting an addition on your home, but don’t want to spend money on extending the pre-existing ductwork, a single zone mini-split would be a great option for the space. You don’t need ductwork for a mini-split to do its job. So if you are adding a mother-in-law suite or a new room to your home, a mini-split would be a great way to heat and cool the space.
Another option for a single zone mini split would be if you have a room in your home that you want to be a different temperature. If you love sleeping in a cold room at night, but you don’t want the rest of the house to be that cold, a mini-split could be the answer. On the other end of things, if you have a loved one who is always cold, the spaces they frequent could be a few degrees warmer than the rest of the house with the use of a mini-split. If you have a guest room that isn’t often used, a mini-split could help you save on your energy bill by only heating and cooling the room when it is in use.
Multi-zone ductless mini-splits are a great option if you are installing a new heating and cooling system into your home. Whether you are upgrading from window a/c units, or your pre-existing ductwork is beyond repair, there are many benefits of mini-splits in your home. By splitting your home into zones, it allows your mini-split to work more efficiently than a traditional HVAC unit. A multi-zone mini-split provides multiple temperatures throughout your home. So you and your loved ones don’t have to fight over the thermostat, and you can save money and energy on your heating and cooling costs. Mini-splits can fit in practically any space. The small refrigerant lines that connect the air-handling units to the single outdoor air-condenser are easy to install and require much less space than traditional ductwork. You also save on costs – no ductwork means no ductwork maintenance.
There are many benefits of mini-splits and they can work well in most homes. If you are considering incorporating one into your space, contact Weather Crafters. We can help you determine the best option for your home – whether you should look for a single-zone or multi-zone, and where the optimal place to install it would be. Our staff are very knowledgeable and will answer any questions you might have. Don’t spend another day sweating it out this summer, call Weather Crafters today!
For more information on how mini-splits can work in your home, check out https://www.forbes.com/sites/sherikoones/2019/07/22/why-use-ductless-mini-split-heat-pumps-for-heating-and-cooling-your-home/#5a53f9760fa4