A mini-split is not a tiny ice cream treat. When we talk about a mini-split, we’re talking about a cooling and heating system that allows the control of the temperature in individual rooms in a house or office. (And let’s not forget about heating the garage!) So, you can push more cold air into the kitchen while you’re cooking and less into the living room where the kids are working on homework.
The mini-split heat pumps are great when doing add-ons to an existing home. They work well with buildings that do not have hot water heat (hydronic), radiant panels, or space heaters using propane, kerosene, or wood. There’s the bonus that these units are very energy efficient, especially for small spaces that require heat and AC.
There are two components which each do fundamental operations for the system. There’s the compressor/condenser outside and the evaporator (air handling unit) inside. Each is easy to install and usually only require a hole cut thru a wall to allow for a conduit to pass. This channel contains cables for power and communication, some copper tubing, and a drain line. It’s essential to have this running from outside to inside so that the units connect to each other. No wifi here!
Mini-Splits vs. Central Air
By adding the mini-splits, you save the cost of installing an extension of more ductwork since there’s very little installation to be done. Also, since they’re right in the room that needs the heat is forced into the energy loss is avoided. More than 30% of the energy consumed for heating spaces is lost in the ducting system of central air. This is especially true if space is uncontrolled like a basement.
Of course, there’s the expense and extensive ductwork involved with central air. Anyone who has had central air will agree that this route can be costly.
If you would like to know more, we would love to talk to you more about the best option for your heating and air conditioning needs. Please call ADD Air, Inc. to set up an appointment. (928) 768-9825