If you have a space in that’s hard to cool or you’re planning to add on to your home, consider using ductless mini splits for air conditioning. These units don’t use ducts to deliver conditioned air, which makes them ideal appliances when space is at a premium or it would be difficult to run ducts.
The two major components in a mini split system are the indoor air handler and the outdoor condenser. A flexible conduit connects the air handler and the condenser that carries the refrigerant, the drainpipe and the power. The systems offer these specific advantages:
- Easy installation. Because there are no ducts involved, installation is usually less. The HVAC contractor places the condenser outdoors and runs the conduit from the air handler, which can be placed on the floor or hung from a wall or ceiling. The refrigerant is installed at the manufacturing facility, eliminating this step at your home. Smaller mini splits can be plugged into a standard outlet, while a large system may need its own circuit.
- Energy efficiency. Mini splits have to meet the same minimum energy efficiency standard that heat pumps do, which stands at 13 SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio). Many ductless mini splits are available with upgrades that improve their efficiency, like variable speed motors in the air handler. Since these systems don’t use ducts, there are no thermal or air losses.
- Flexibility. Larger mini splits can support up to four separate air handlers. Each air handler has its own thermostat, so when you’re not using a space, you can turn the air handler off, which saves energy. Almost all of these systems come with remotes, making it easy to change the air handler’s settings.
- Security. The hole that the conduit requires for a mini split is just several inches in diameter, making these systems much more secure than a window or wall air conditioner.
If you’d like to learn more about ductless mini splits, contact Amarillo Air Conditioning. We’ve provided outstanding HVAC services for homeowners in the Texas panhandle for more than 50 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Amarillo, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about ductless minis and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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