Meet the Mini-Split. What It Is and Why You Might Need One in Your Home

News  Meet the Mini-Split. What It Is and Why You Might Need One in Your Home

Dec 28, 2020

The HVAC alternative you might need in your home this winter. 

As winter begins to envelope the country, most homeowners are doing their best to keep their homes warm. Whether it's through traditional HVAC means or space heaters. And heating your winter abode can get costly. Most HVAC experts (and consumers) agree, the winter months can make your utility bill rise. Of course, there are several ways in which you can keep that rise to a minimum. One of them being the use of mini-splits (don't worry, we'll explain).

 

What Are "Mini-splits" Exactly?

According to ServiceExperts.com  "mini-splits" systems are forms of ductless heating and cooling. Meaning, in place of a traditional HVAC system, "mini-splits" focus on a specific area of a house or space. Regular HVAC systems have ducts that carry heated and cooled air throughout your home. While "mini-splits" are placed in a specific area for a specific purpose. These dual heating and cooling systems provide a more targeted indoor experience. The indoor units can be attached to the wall or ceiling of a space as the cooled refrigerant is pumped in through a connection to the outdoor unit.

 

 Are There Any Cost Benefits?

"Mini-splits" can be a pretty simple way to save money if used correctly. ServiceExperts.com says "According to Energy Star, mini-split systems can lower cooling costs by 30 percent compared to conventional room air conditioners." Since these smaller targeted heating and cooling systems aren't used to heat the entire house you can save money in the long-run. While there may be potential repair/replacement costs, overall, they are a cheaper and effective heating and cooling solution.

 

What's Maintenance and Care Like?

Taking care of a mini-split system really depends on where you place it and the climate you live in. For those who live in naturally colder climates, it's important to do routine maintenance checks on your system. To improve your heating experience in the wintertime Ecomfort.com says these checks in colder temperatures will prevent any frozen water from building up. The article also says it's normal for frost to build up on the outdoor coil. "So to remove that frost and retain performance, you must periodically switch to a defrost mode." This will prevent the system from malfunctioning as water drips into a drain pan. Just remember to empty that drain pan frequently so that the water doesn't freeze!

 

That's it! The basics of what you need to know about "mini-split" systems. If you already have a "mini-split" system and have questions, feel free to reach out to an HVAC expert today who can help. If you're looking to purchase a "mini-split" system, it's best to start with what type of space you're looking to heat or cool. Knowing the size of that space will help determine what type of system you need and where you should be placing it. For all your other HVAC system questions, including those about space heaters and smart thermostat options, make sure you visit MyHVACAdvocate.com today to get started. Don't let winter holiday weather catch you off guard. Happy New Year!

 

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