What Is A Mini-split? Does My Home Need One?
We hope that you have been able to get outside and enjoy the spring weather for as much as possible despite the current #StayHome situation. In the meantime though, we will still prepare for the even warmer weather to look forward to here on the South Shore, as the summer season gets closer with each day.
With summer comes those hot, sticky days. But there are more than the two usual ways — central air conditioning and window units —to keep your home cool and comfortable when the mercury and dew point soar.
Our trained and experienced service technicians also install ductless mini-split air conditioners!
What exactly is a mini-split air conditioner?
Ductless mini-splits have two major components: the outdoor compressor unit and the indoor air handler, which is also called the evaporator. A conduit — which contains the tubing and the power, communications and condensate drain lines — connect them.
Refrigerant enters the compressor, which does what its name implies and compresses the refrigerant. The refrigerant is sent to the condenser, where it gives up its heat. The heat is sent out of the unit into the outdoor air. The refrigerant, now a liquid, is sent through the conduit to the evaporator. There, it absorbs heat from the indoor air that is blown over the evaporator coils. That air, now cooled, is sent back out into your home.
Why should I choose mini-splits?
Different homes have different needs when it comes to air conditioning.
Central air conditioning is a great, customizable option. But it’s not always possible. If your home is heated with a boiler, you likely don’t have the ductwork needed for central AC. Adding ductwork to your home can add thousands of dollars to the already steep price of installing central air conditioning, which averages close to $5,500! And, because installing ductwork involves cutting holes into walls and ceilings all over your home, it’s a messy job as well.
Window units are easier, and way cheaper, but they are not energy efficient and aren’t great at cooling larger spaces. Other negatives: you have to install and remove them each year, they block light, and let in bugs, pollen and dirt.
With mini-splits, you get more efficient cooling than window units without the expense and hassle of central air conditioning! And since they operate independently, you can do zoned cooling.
Contact us to learn more about ductless mini-split air conditioners, or let us know what you’re looking for in a replacement system; our service experts can discuss what’s right for your home, as well as financing opportunities. Check out our specials page for great savings opportunities on other equipment too!