Choosing the right heating and cooling solutions for your home is a big decision. Today, there are many options for energy efficiency, including the mini-split air conditioning system. Ductless systems have several great applications, including easy retrofitting of a cooling system when a centralized unit is going to take too much time and effort to install or replace. These systems come in all sizes and styles, too, making them flexible enough for any space.
What is a Mini-Split System?
The mini-split air conditioner is composed of a compressor or condenser and an indoor unit that cools the room. The two are joined with conduits including tubing and power, and they often have more energy-efficient features when compared to traditional systems. A mini-split system will involve a small handling unit installed in each room to create the perfect temperature. Some people think this is more difficult to install, or they might not like the individual cooling units on the wall in every room—however, there’s more to love about these systems than you think.
The Benefits of Mini-Split Systems
There are many advantages to choosing a mini-split system, starting with the fact that they have a smaller footprint and flexible options for cooling and zoning rooms in the home. Most units can come with up to four air handlers (the wall unit) for four different rooms in the home. These systems are easier to install than central air and they can be up and running in just a day or two.
Another pro when choosing mini-split air conditioning is that there is no ductwork. This means you don’t have to replace or maintain ducts. It also means energy isn’t being lost as it travels through the duct, which accounts for as much as 30% of the energy consumption of a traditional central air unit. These systems offer:
- Flexible design and mounting options
- Easy installation
- Options for sizing and cooling needs
- Smart features, in some higher-end systems
- More energy savings
- A high return on investment (ROI)
Why Doesn’t Everyone Choose a Mini-Split?
The biggest drawback to these systems is the cost, which is about 30% higher than installing a standard central air unit. This is also something that needs to be installed by a professional, so it’s important to work with someone who understands these systems and how they work. Some people don’t like the idea of having the units on the walls in their space, creating somewhat of a design eyesore.
However, the reality is that these systems can blend well into any space and if people do inquire about the unit on the wall, homeowners will be able to share their impressive cooling solution that works much better than central air. It’s all about getting what you want for your home’s cooling needs, whether that’s a mini-split or another system.
If you think this is the right solution for your home or you want to learn more about these energy-efficient systems, talk to your installer to discuss what fits your cooling needs.