What is a Mini-Split?
Mini-split systems eliminate the need for a basement or attic-located evaporator unit and bulky ductwork by using thin copper tubing that pumps refrigerant directly to discreet wall mounted or concealed units inside. Even more remarkable, this same unit works in reverse in winter, absorbing heat from the outside air and moving it indoors to heat your home. The result? Efficient cooling and heating for yearround, whole-house comfort in most climates.
Available in numerous mix-and-match capacities and configurations, there’s a mini-split system for even the most difficult to heat and cool areas.
What are the pros and cons of a Mini-Split Air Conditioner?
A mini-split air conditioner is a cost effective choice to central air conditioning. However, they are typically more expensive than wall mounted air conditioners and you need an HVAC professional to install the unit. Since the compressor sits outside, the mini-split air conditioners are very quiet and efficient.
How big will the hole be in my wall?
This slightly varies depending on the unit you buy but, it is generally 2-3/4″ to 3″ in diameter.
Do some ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioners have heat?
Yes, most units have heat pumps; however, some older ones use electric heat strips.
How do I install a Mini-Split Air Conditioner? Why do I need a HVAC Professional?
Installing a ductless mini-split air conditioner is more complicated that a window unit but far less complicated and less invasive than installing central air. A professional will need to run lines for the coolant, electricity, and drainage.
How Does a Mini-Split Work?
Like your refrigerator, heat pumps use electricity to pump refrigerant and transfer heat from one space to another. When we transfer heat from within our home to the outdoors, we call it “air conditioning”. Conversely, when we transfer heat from the outdoors to within the home, we call it a “heat-pump”.
What is Inverter Technology?
Inverter Technology eliminates the constant compressor start-ups and shut-downs that are normally required to keep the set temperature in traditional air conditioning systems.
On the other hand, an inverter compressor is designed to control its rotation speed exactly and adjust capacity to meet demand, hence, reducing overall energy consumption. Additionally, Inverter compressors soft start and do not create harmful dips in power supply.