Mini Splits: What’s The Deal?
HVAC mini splits, also known as ductless mini splits, are a popular and efficient heating and cooling option for both residential and commercial properties. These systems consist of an outdoor unit, which houses the compressor and condenser, and one or more indoor units, which contain the evaporator and air handler. Unlike traditional HVAC systems, mini splits do not require ductwork, making them a great choice for homes or buildings without existing ducts or those looking to avoid the cost and hassle of installing them.
Types of Mini Splits
There are three main types of mini splits: single-zone, multi-zone, and variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems. Single-zone systems are the most basic and are designed to cool or heat a single room or area. Multi-zone systems, on the other hand, are capable of cooling or heating multiple rooms or zones, with the ability to control the temperature in each zone separately. VRF systems are the most advanced, and are designed for large commercial buildings and can handle multiple indoor units, and allows for different temperature settings in different zones.
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Mini splits are a great option for a variety of applications, including:
- Retrofitting older homes or buildings without existing ductwork.
- Heating and cooling hard-to-reach areas, such as attics, garages, and sunrooms.
- Providing zoned temperature control, allowing for different temperatures in different rooms or areas.
- Supplementing or replacing existing HVAC systems, such as adding a mini split to a room with inconsistent temperature.
- Heating and cooling commercial properties, such as offices, shops, and small apartment buildings.
Overall, mini splits are a versatile and efficient option for heating and cooling. They are relatively easy to install, do not require ductwork, and offer zoned temperature control. If you are considering a mini split for your home or business, it’s important to consult with a professional HVAC contractor to determine the best type and size for your specific needs.