What You Need to Know About Mini-Splits
What you need to know about mini-splits. Here is a quick reference guide to answer some of the most commonly asked questions regarding mini-split or ductless heating and cooling units.
WHAT IS A MINI-SPLIT?
A mini-split is a ductless system that enables you to condition the air in your home. It also allows you to easily zone your home or condition certain spaces or rooms. It can be beneficial when adding onto your home and you don’t want to or simply can’t tie into the existing HVAC system. You can use one in a space where you need alternative options to the condition a space like in a bonus room, exercise room or a sun porch. You can use one in your MIL’s living areas where she likes to keep the heat at 80°F and the rest of you don’t want to live your lives fighting over the thermostat.
HOW DOES A MINI-SPLIT WORK?
A ductless mini-split air conditioner works like a heat pump but without the ducts.
It comes with both an outdoor unit and indoor unit.
To cool your home’s air, the indoor unit takes the warm air from your home and blows it over the unit’s coils. These coils have refrigerant running through them. The refrigerant absorbs the heat from the air and brings it to the outdoor unit. The outdoor unit pushes the heat outside. The cooler air that remains is pushed out your indoor unit into the designated space.
To heat the space, the outdoor unit pulls the heat from outside and moves it into your home. (Yes, there is heat outside even when it feels cold to you.)
CAN I HEAT AND COOL WITH A MINI-SPLIT?
Yes! Most mini-split systems are heat pumps. This means that your ductless system can both heat and cool whatever area it is designated to.
IS A MINI-SPLIT EFFICIENT?
A mini-split is designed for a certain area or room in your home. If you don’t need it in that area, simply turn it off. For example, you may not need the help of your mini-split year-round for a sun porch. Turn it off and conserve energy when you aren’t hanging on said porch. Or maybe you have an exercise room where when you are working out, you’d like the temperature cooler. Turn your mini-split on to keep cool just that area while you are sweating the pounds away.
A traditional HVAC system is designed to make your entire home comfortable using a duct system. Up to 30% of that heated/cooled air is lost while traveling through the ductwork. A mini-split doesn’t use ducts, so the conditioned air is pumped right to where you need it.
WILL A MINI-SPLIT HELP FILTER THE AIR?
Yes. A mini-split can catch and remove contaminants in your home’s air. They will help remove that gross stuff that affects your allergies and respiratory system. Filtered air helps to stop the spread of illness too.
They also include filters that will help neutralize your home’s air, absorbing odors. Yes, it can help with your smelly dog and possibly, though we can’t promise, help to neutralize the teenage boy smell that has infected your son’s room.
Bonus- the filters are washable! The filter’s 10-year life helps reduce your footprint on the environment.
IS THE ONLY OPTION FOR A MINI-SPLIT THE MODEL THAT HANGS ON THE WALL?
No, there are quite a few options when it comes to your ductless system. You can choose from floor or wall mounted. There is also a horizontally ducted system which can be hidden either above the ceiling or below the floor.
With new construction, you can get horizontally ducted
Some of these options also have different color options as well.
For all of your HVAC needs, whether a traditional system or a ductless mini-split system, call Godby Heating Plumbing Electrical! It’s Gotta be Godby!