Residential, commercial and institutional buildings that do not already have a central air and heating system installed can benefit greatly from the latest innovation in air conditioning. Mini splits are a ductless, air conditioning system that can provide both cooling and heating in locations that previously would have required thousands of dollars of retrofitting and construction to install a whole-house unit.
Currently, mini splits are being installed most frequently in older homes without air conditioning ducts, multifamily housing units and as an add-on for homes that previously relied upon space heaters in the winter and window cooling units in the summer. Mini splits are also an affordable temperature control alternative for small apartments or for buildings where installing or extending ductwork is not possible or would be very costly.
How Do Mini Splits Work?
Similar to traditional central air conditioning units, mini splits are comprised of two primary components, including an indoor air-handling unit and an outdoor condenser-compressor. The outdoor and indoor units are linked by a conduit, which is used to house the refrigerant tubing, suction tubing, condensate drain, and power cable.
Mini splits are extremely flexible and can be used to cool or heat individual rooms in as many as four individual “zones” using a single outdoor unit. The insulated properties of the building, as well as the amount of cooling and heating required for each room, will affect the number of total “zones” or rooms that can be temperature controlled. Each area will have its own thermostat, the operator to choose to condition only occupied space to help reduce consumption and lower energy bills.
How Are Mini Splits Installed?
Installing ductless mini splits are much easier than installing other types of cooling and heating systems, however, in order to get the maximum results out of a new system, property owners should seek professional installation. They are easier because the conduit only needs a three-inch space, eliminating the need to cut large holes in the exterior of the building, as you would need for other air conditioning systems.
The outdoor unit of the mini split can be installed as far away from the indoor unit as 50 feet. This makes it possible to provide affordable temperature control to all of the rooms on the street side of a building while locating the outdoor compressor on the side of the building or in another inconspicuous place. As you might have guessed, ductless mini splits don’t use air ducts to push cooling and heating through the building, so they are able to avoid energy losses seen in central air conditioning systems, saving as much as 30 percent of consumption in many situations.
Flexible Design and Easy Use
The mini splits air conditioning system has a lot of flexibility built right into its design. Compared to other systems that can be added on to condition one or more rooms of your home, mini splits can be suspended from a ceiling, mounted to a drop ceiling or hung on a wall, providing the building owner with options for its location. In addition to mounted units, homeowners can choose a floor-standing air conditioning system as well.
The appearance of the indoor unit is very high-tech looking, complementing most modern design. Remote control options are also regularly available with these systems, making it easy for homeowners or employees to adjust the cooling and heating quickly and easily, regardless of its installed location. The “small hole” design of the installed mini splits unit also provides added security, negating the need to create a larger entry point to your home for potential intruders.
Affordable Temperature Control
While the cost of mini splits air conditioning systems are a bit higher than a traditional window-mount unit, the energy consumption and utility savings that will come as a result of choosing this unit over other types of cooling and heating methods will help it pay for itself in no time. Installation is much more affordable compared to duct-based air conditioning systems and the mini splits unit is much quieter to run than window-mount or central air conditioning.
It is important to hire a professional installer who can help you to maximize your energy savings potential. Ask for advice as to the size of the unit you should purchase. Too large a unit, and your air conditioning system will short-cycle, causing the unit to go on and off too frequently, increasing energy consumption. Too small a unit, and you won’t receive the desired cooling and heating effect.
Columbus Energies is a qualified installer and service provider for the new and energy-saving mini splits cooling and heating system. Speak with one of their knowledgeable and experienced HVAC and installation experts for more information on mini splits, appropriate BTU selection, installation costs, and any other service requirements. You can contact Columbus Energies direct by calling toll free: 1-877-674-1492. Columbus Energies serves customers throughout the Southeastern Massachusetts area.