These days there’s a lot of talk about efficiency. Home comfort is no exception. You and your family want to stay comfortable as efficiently as possible – which means saving money on electric bills. The efficiency craze is a big reason that ductless mini-splits are gaining in popularity. In this post, we’ll explain what a mini-split is, how it works, and how it can benefit you!
WHAT IS A MINI-SPLIT?
A mini-split is a type of HVAC system that is ductless. Ducts are the air tubes that run through your attic and distribute hot or cold air around your home if you have central air. But ductless, or mini-split systems, have no ducts. Instead, the air is heated or cooled in each room individually. If you have a 4 bedroom home, but only use two rooms, a mini-split could cut your energy costs in half! It’s called a “mini-split” because there are two parts: one for indoor air, and an exterior air compressor.
HOW IT WORKS
Mini-splits contain tubing that carries refrigerant to and from the outdoor compressor and indoor air handler. Unlike with a traditional duct-based system, once the air is produced it blows right into the room where it’s installed, instead of having the air produced at a central location and blown around the entire home. An individual fan is included with the unit in each room. Most exterior compressors can manage up to five interior air handlers. The indoor handlers can be mounted on the wall or ceiling, or can sit on the floor.
MINI-SPLIT VS TRADITIONAL DUCT-BASED HVAC
Older homes that use radiators or boilers for heat (as opposed to central air) are a great option for a mini-split. Mini-splits are also a good option if you have rooms in your home that aren’t used much, or if they tend to be warmer or cooler than the rest of your home.
THE HIGHER STANDARD
If you’re considering an upgrade to your HVAC system, The Darville Company can help. We have licensed professionals who can help you decide whether a ductless system is right for you! Call us today at 432-580-9675. The Darville Company is the Higher Standard.