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

The majority of homeowners are acquainted with central air conditioners

Mini-split systems are a type of ductless heating and cooling. Rather than delivering conditioned air to the full home through a network of air ducts, they heat and cool a single room at a time. This delivers more advanced temperature control, improving comfort and energy efficiency. 

How Do Mini-Split Air Conditioners Work? 

Mini-splits are most similar to heat pumps in the way they operate. Both kinds of equipment offer electric cooling, the same as an air conditioner. This uses refrigerant to extract heat from within a building and discharging that warm air outside. Then, a reversing valve enables the system to run backward, adding warmth to your home in the winter by removing heat from outdoor air and adding 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 fits directly 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 work off of an individual outdoor condenser, permitting you to heat and cool your total home with this system if if you want. This arrangement also makes zoning practical, a very attractive feature that lets you choose when, where and how much you heat and cool individual spaces. 

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Is a Ductless Mini-Split Right for My House? 

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

  • You can heat and cool a total home that lacks existing ductwork. 
  • You can switch off the heat and air conditioning in unused spaces to save on your utility costs. 
  • Mini-splits give extra heating and cooling for areas that are difficult to keep comfy. 
  • Use a ductless system to heat and cool a home addition or enclosed porch without the hassle of adding ductwork or the hassle of having window AC units. 
  • Mini-splits are the perfect 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 effective systems, but you may still be considering why you would want to choose it over a common furnace and air conditioner. Here’s why a growing number of Jacksonville homeowners are getting ductless mini-splits: 

  • Avoid the drawbacks of ductwork: By delivering heated and cooled air directly, air doesn’t go through cracked air ducts on its way to all rooms. This can save you upward of 30 percent on your heating and cooling expenses. Also, if your home doesn’t already have ducts, you avoid the annoyance and expense connected to putting them in. 
  • Find 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 making the most of energy efficiency. 
  • Conserve money and energy by not heating and cooling vacant spaces: Shutting supply registers in a central HVAC system can throw it off kilter, straining the equipment and canceling any possible savings. But with individual air handlers in all rooms, you can heat and cool particular areas only when you need them. 

Trust Air Engineers Service Experts to Put in Your Mini-Split Air Conditioner 

The same as regular HVAC systems, ductless mini-splits need careful sizing and Expert installation to provide the greatest performance. Our skilled mini split installers in Jacksonville can help you figure out if a mini-split system will meet your needs. We can then help you with figuring out the precise equipment size and model to make your home as comfortable and energy-efficient as possible. 

For added info, or to book an appointment, call Air Engineers Service Experts at 904-450-5672. You can also schedule an appointment online

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