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

Most homeowners are acquainted with central air conditioners

Mini-split systems are a kind of ductless heating and cooling. In place of delivering conditioned air to the full home via a network of air ducts, they heat and cool a single room at a time. This provides more direct 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 cool. Both kinds of equipment deliver electric cooling, the same as an air conditioner. This involves using refrigerant to remove heat from within a building and discharging that warmth outside. Then, a reversing valve enables the system to run backward, heating your house in the winter by removing heat from outdoor air and depositing 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 wish to heat and cool. Copper tubes, wiring and a condensate drain line link 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 connect to one outdoor condenser, enabling you to heat and cool your total house with this system if if you want. This configuration also makes zoning practical, a very attractive feature that allows you to customize when, where and how much you heat and cool individual spaces. 

Mini Split chart

Is a Ductless Mini-Split the Best Option for My House? 

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

  • You can heat and cool a total house that lacks existing ductwork. 
  • You can turn off the heat and air conditioning in unused spaces to save on your heating and cooling costs. 
  • Mini-splits give extra heating and cooling for areas that are hard to keep cozy. 
  • Use a ductless system to heat and cool a house addition or sunroom without the cost of putting in ductwork or the hassle of having window AC units. 
  • Mini-splits are the ideal 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 highly efficient systems, but you may still be considering why you would want to choose it over a regular furnace and air conditioner. Here’s why more Fort Worth homeowners are getting ductless mini-splits: 

  • Avoid the pitfalls of ductwork: By delivering heated and cooled air directly, air doesn’t move through cracked air ducts on its way to each room. This can save you as much as 30 percent on your heating and cooling expenses. Also, if your house doesn’t already include ducts, you avoid the inconvenience and cost connected to adding them. 
  • Choose the best temperature for each room: With zoned heating and cooling from a ductless mini-split, you can keep an office chilly while maintaining a cozy nursery—all while maximizing energy efficiency. 
  • Conserve money and energy by not heating and cooling vacant spaces: Shutting supply registers in a central HVAC system can disturb it, putting stress on the equipment and invalidating any likely savings. But with individual air handlers in each room, you can heat and cool certain areas only when you need them. 

Depend on Calverley Service Experts to Add Your Mini-Split Air Conditioner 

The same as regular HVAC systems, ductless mini-splits need careful sizing and Expert installation to provide the best performance. Our skilled mini split installers in Fort Worth 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 house as comfortable and energy-efficient as possible. 

For added info, or to book an appointment, contact Calverley Service Experts at 817-380-5647. You can also schedule an appointment online

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