A mini-split HVAC system is a specialized installation that doesn’t rely on ducts. These systems can either replace existing HVAC systems or (in some cases) augment existing systems so they do a better job of meeting the needs of homeowners – and saving money. But how do mini-split systems work, and how do you know if one works for you? Let’s take a closer look.
Mini-Split and Ductless Systems
A mini-split system is a system that’s attached directly to the house, with part of the system inside and part of the system outside (allowing the unit to access outside air for air conditioning), typically divided into two separate units. The system blows hot or cool air into the house, but the “mini” nature of the model means that it does not use any ductwork to do so.
Typically these mini-split systems work best with a room-by-room approach. They are rarely large enough to heat or cool an entire home. However, there are many specific situations where a mini-split unit is an ideal solution.
Where Mini-Split Models Works
Would a mini-split HVAC unit work for you? Here are some of the most popular uses for these small units.
- Solar homes: Solar homes use solar energy for electricity and/or heating water. Sometimes the demand for electricity is too high for the solar system to easily meet, especially in the colder months. In these cases, a mini-split unit is a great solution, because they can provide enough heat for the home to be comfortable without taking away from the savings that the solar system provides. Mini-split units are very energy efficient and, since they don’t use ducts to move air around, they can save even more money compared to a traditional system.
- Remodeled areas: Sometimes, after a remodel or a new addition, there’s no easy way to connect ductwork to the new space (or the original HVAC system can’t handle the extra room). This is common when renovating sunrooms, basement living areas, new upstairs bedrooms, and so on. A mini-split unit is an ideal installation in these areas since it can provide efficient heating and cooling for a smaller space that doesn’t need to be connected to the primary unit.
- Larger houses: Sometimes ductwork isn’t a very efficient way to heat or cool larger homes where air has to move a long distance to a room. A solution is to use a mini-split unit instead and target heating and cooling room by room for a more efficient process.
The Cost of Switching to a Mini-Split Unit
While costs can vary, especially depending on the number of indoor units installed, the average cost is around $2,500. Relatively little intrusive construction or installation needs to be done, so any changes to the home structure are usually minimal.
Do you want to learn more about the available heating and cooling solutions for your home? Contact us at Buckeye Heating & Cooling today to learn more or schedule a visit!