What is a Mini-Split System?
A mini-split system is comprised of an indoor air handler and an outdoor compressor. During the summer while cooling your home, the warm air in the house is pulled in by the indoor unit which then blows it over cold evaporator coils. The heat absorbed by the coils is brought to the outside unit and released there, away from your home.
Regular HVAC systems function almost the same way, but in a longer and less efficient process. The air is pulled through duct work to the indoor unit that is typically tucked away somewhere in the home. It is cooled by the same process there and then pushed back out through duct work to the rooms in your house.
What are the Benefits?
EfficiencyMini-splits are more efficient than central heating and cooling units because they are cooling the room where they are located. The air doesn't have to travel long distances through duct work and use up energy.
More ControlThis system allows you to control the feel of each room of your home with the ideal temperature for that space. With a big home, this can be especially convenient. Leave the less-visited areas of your home one temperature, while keeping the areas where you spend most of your time at another.
No Duct Work NecessaryIf your home currently has window units and you are looking for a better, more efficient system, a mini-split is a great choice. The installation is relatively simple, only requiring a small hole to connect to the outdoor unit. This could save you a lot of money that would have to be spent on duct work installation for a central HVAC system.
Are There Any Cons?Yes, as with nearly any system on the market, there are a few cons to consider before making your final decision.
Upfront CostThe upfront cost for a mini-split system can sometimes be higher than a central HVAC unit. (This does not include new duct work.) While it can save you money in the long term, it could be important to do some calculations on how the costs will add up and whether or not it's the right choice for you.
MaintenanceMini-split systems do require more maintenance than central HVAC systems. The filters have to be washed out monthly or the system could fail and require hundreds of dollars of repairs.
AestheticsSome people are concerned that the mini-split system won't fit well in their home because the indoor units have to be located somewhere visible and they cannot be covered up. Most buyers, however, don't notice the units after they have been installed and enjoy the convenience and efficiency they bring.
Royal Heating & Air works with top-quality equipment and we have the best HVAC technicians at the Lake of the Ozarks! We would love to help you determine if a mini-split system is right for your home. Whatever HVAC needs you have, we are here to help. Give us a call today! 573-480-4313
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