If your home presents some challenging issues for installing a central HVAC system, consider mini splits as a viable alternative. They’re used in a variety of applications, both for rooms, floors or entire homes, and are ideal in areas where it’s inconvenient or cost-prohibitive to run ductwork. These systems are air-source heat pumps or A/Cs that don’t use ductwork to deliver the conditioned air. In our mild climate, heat pumps are the ideal HVAC appliance because they provide ample cooling and heating.
Ductless mini splits are an attractive option offering these benefits:
- Easy installation. Because they don’t use ductwork, installation is fast. The two main components include the outdoor condenser/compressor and one or more indoor air handling units. A narrow conduit connects the two components, and the installing contractor drills a small hole in an exterior wall to join them. The refrigerant is installed at the factory, assuring the proper level in the system. Depending on your home’s size and configuration, you can connect up to four separate air handlers to a single outside unit. The conduits are available in varying lengths.
- Energy efficiency. These systems offer better energy efficiency than forced-air HVAC systems because they don’t use ducts that can experience significant thermal and air losses. Each air handler has its own temperature control, so if you’re not using a room, you can shut the system off for that space, saving energy. A mini split must meet the same minimum energy efficiency ratings that heat pumps do, and some offer both high-efficiency heating and cooling.
- Flexibility. A variety of mounting configurations are available for the air handlers, including in the wall or ceiling, or free-standing on the floor. They can be recessed into the wall or ceiling so they’re effectively integrated into the room’s design. Mini splits take up little space and can be placed nearly anywhere in the room.
- Security. These systems are much safer than window HVAC systems because the conduit’s hole is seldom larger than three inches, making it impossible for anyone to enter your home.
- Indoor air quality. Many mini split systems come with high-efficiency air filters that not only trap particulates, but also purify the air.
If you’d like to learn more about mini splits, please contact us at Senica Air Conditioning, Inc.. We’ve provided exceptional HVAC services for Tampa-Clearwater area homeowners for more than 20 years.
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