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Mini Split – Ductless Air Conditioners
Mini Splits or Ductless Air Conditioners
- The Right Solution for Zoning
Mini Splits Air Conditioning systems are an ideal solution for many home and business environments. The mini-split system is a ductless air application often used in multi-family housing. Mini split systems can be used correcting hot/cold spots, for room or area zoning, or for retrofits on add-ons in houses with an existing central air conditioning system.
Like central air conditioning systems, the mini split has two main components, consisting of an indoor air-handling unit and an outdoor compressor/condenser. The conduit or link which houses the power cable, refrigerant tubing, suction tubing, and the condensate drain connects the two components.
Mini Split versus Window Air Conditioner?
There are many advantages and a few disadvantages to mini-split systems. Mini splits offer a good deal of flexibility for cooling and heating an individual room. Mini Splits are popular for use in room additions, master bedrooms, sunrooms, or for converting a garage or similar area to a comfortable den or hobby area or workshop. Because of their relatively small size and the flexibility of room by room zoning they can provide an excellent solution for many homeowners and business owners.
Since mini-splits are ductless systems they reduce the energy loss associated with force air ducted systems. As much as 30% of the energy consumption used for space conditioning can be lost through an inefficient ductwork system.
Mini split systems have many appealing features when compared to a window air conditioner. They are generally more aesthetically appealing than most window air conditioners and can be hung on a wall, suspended from a ceiling, or flush mounted on a drop ceiling. The wall mounted mini split air conditioner usually runs around 7 to 9 inches deep and some styles allow for a jacket cover or you can have a painting or poster on the front of the unit to dress it up and blend it into the room decor. In addition, there are a number of floor models available.
A major disadvantage of a mini split system is that, compared to a central Air Conditioning / HVAC system, they can be a relatively costly solution. It will typically cost you 30% more (excluding ductwork costs) to cool or heat an area using a mini-split or ductless air system. While they are not as conspicuous as a window air conditioner they are nowhere near as unobtrusive as a central air conditioning system. It is essential that the installer correctly size each unit and determine the best location for installation.
Two of the more popular brands for mini split air system options are made by LG Art Cool Mini Split and the Mr. Slim Mini-Split by Mitsubishi. Both offer very stylish and quiet systems available as air conditioners as well as heat pump models.
Call Anderson Service 941-488-9633 or Modern Service at 239-694-8300 to schedule a free evaluation to determine the best air conditioning and heating solution for your home or business.