Friday, November 6, 2020

Learn All About Mini-Split Systems!

HVAC systems are an incredibly important part of being comfortable at home. There are a lot of choices when it comes to how to heat and cool your home. As the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks, Royal Heating & Air knows the pros and cons of the various types of systems you can choose from. Keep reading to learn about one of these great options - a mini-split system! 

What is a Mini-Split System? 

A mini-split system is comprised of an indoor air handler and an outdoor compressor. During the summer, the indoor unit pulls in the warm air from the house and 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.

PRO: Mini-Splits are Efficient

Mini-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.

CON: Not Aesthetically Pleasing 

Some 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.

PRO: You Have More Control 

This 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.

CON: Requires More Maintenance 

Mini-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.

PRO: No Duct Work Necessary

If 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. 

CON: High Upfront Cost 

The 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.

Best HVAC at the Lake

Whether you decide to go with a mini-split system or another kind of system to heat and cool your home, Royal Heating & Air is there for you! We can service all kinds of systems to help keep your home comfortable year-round. Call today to learn more about what we can do for you! 573-480-4313

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