If you’re looking for an alternative heating solution to keep your home warm all winter, you might have looked into a mini-split system. These systems are great because they allow you to heat only the rooms you plan on spending time in during the cold winter months. Doing this can lead to increased savings on your utility bills because you no longer need to use as much energy to heat the entire house as you would with a regular central heating system. But are mini-split units as effective as central heat? In this post, we will go over whether or not a ductless mini-split system can heat your entire house.
Ductless Mini-Split Systems can Create Comfort Zones
As we briefly discussed, ductless mini-split systems are individual units that can be installed in any room of your house to allow you to heat that individual room. Because these are separate units, they will only work to heat the room in which they’re installed— allowing you to heat only the spaces which you will be using. This can save you money if you don’t require heating your entire house and can create individualized comfort zones for everyone in your family to enjoy.
If someone likes it a bit warmer, they can set their heater up on a higher setting. Those who prefer cooler temps can set the heat on low, which creates the conditions for everyone to enjoy their individualized comfort zones.
Can Mini-Splits Heat the Entire House?
However, we still haven’t answered if mini-splits can effectively heat your whole house. The answer is yes, they can. However, this does come with a caveat. For these units to heat the whole house, multiple units will need to be installed. How many you need to install to adequately heat the entire home will largely depend on how big your house is. However, generally speaking, mini-split systems work best for individual rooms.
When it comes to heating your entire house uniformly at one set temperature, central heating is probably your best bet. However, central heating does come with higher energy consumption and higher overall utility bills.
With that in mind, installing multiple mini-split units can give you similar heating coverage as a central system while still saving you money because these units are more energy efficient. This means that installing multiple ones throughout your house can still get the job done just as well as a central heating system. But this will largely depend on your goals.
If you don’t need to cool every space in your house, then mini-splits are certainly a viable cost-effective alternative to central heat.
Get heat anywhere and everywhere
Having given a brief overview of how mini-split systems work, it has become clear that they can indeed heat your entire home, however, it will require multiple units installed in most of your rooms.
If heating the entire house isn’t a priority because there are rooms that you don’t plan on using this winter, then mini-splits are an excellent alternative to a traditional central heating system because they use less energy and can allow you to only heat the rooms you spend the most time in.
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