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Meet the Mini HVAC Wonder: The Mini Split


If you’re not satisfied with your heating or cooling system, or they’re aging and you know you’ll need to consider replacement soon, it’s time to learn about your options. The more knowledge you have, the easier it will be to make a choice for your home that you’ll be happy with for years and years to come. One excellent HVAC option is a mini split. We’ll give you all the info about it so you can decide if it’s the right choice for your home.

Familiar Principles

The basic concept of a mini split begins with the use of refrigerant flowing through coils, absorbing heat in one place (and evaporating in the process) and then releasing the heat (and condensing into a liquid again) elsewhere. This might sound familiar to you if you know how an air conditioner works!

New Applications

Next, consider the possibility of reversing the flow of that refrigerant. While an air conditioner can only absorb heat indoors and release it outdoors, what if you could change directions and absorb heat from outdoors and release it inside? Now you have a heating system as well as an air conditioner. Well, actually, now you have a heat pump.

Air Distribution

A central air conditioner has one indoor unit and one thermostat, and the cooled air is distributed through ductwork throughout the house. Here’s where your heat pump becomes a mini split: individual air handlers are mounted in different parts of the home. And they each have their own thermostat!

Mini Split Benefits

If that doesn’t already sound exciting enough to you, consider some of these benefits.

  • Zone Control: Instead of keeping the whole house at a single temperature, you can choose exactly what comfort you need in each zone. Not only can different family members enjoy the temperatures they like best, it also cuts down on your utility bills when you don’t have to heat or cool the whole house to the perfect temperature even though only one room is being used.
  • Efficiency: Zone control isn’t the only thing cutting down on your utility bills. Mini splits are more efficient than other systems in general, largely because they use smaller motors than traditional air conditioners do.
  • Quietness: These smaller motors mean that mini splits are not nearly as loud as traditional air conditioners.
  • Lifespan: Traditional air conditioners can generally continue to function until they are about twelve or fifteen years old. Mini splits often work well for twenty years or more!
  • Versatility: No ducts are required for this system! Ductless air conditioning in Billerica, MA is perfect for a wide range of situations. No ductwork in your home? Ductwork badly damaged? Building an addition? Enclosing and finishing a garage or attic to be living space? No problem! Mini splits have you covered.

If you still have questions about ductless mini splits, we would love to hear from you.

Reach out to Cooling Unlimited, Inc. to speak with qualified HVAC experts about whether a mini split is the right choice for you.

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