Big Benefits in a Small Package ̶̶ Mini Split Air Conditioner
The best way to cool a large home is by far a central air conditioner. The newer models today are more affordable, energy-efficient, and reliable. There are some limitations though and for a home with multiple rooms or when wanting to cool a garage the central air simply doesn’t stand up. Like Robin to Batman, a mini-split air conditioner works well as a secondary cooling unit but is also powerful enough to cool certain homes by itself – specifically those with an open floor plan. Check out these benefits of a mini split air conditioner to see if it’s something that would benefit your home.
The biggest advantage of a mini split ac is the fact that the unit is so small, compact, and unobtrusive. There is an outdoor compressor/condenser unit that is somewhat bulky. However, to allow for plant growth, grass cutting, etc., you can install it up to 50 feet from the home or up in the air on a platform. The real selling point is the remote-controlled air handler unit, which takes up very little room. Discreetly install the air handler on a wall or standing on the floor. There is no lengthy path of duct work like a standard forced air system, and the mini split air conditioner doesn’t take up the whole utility room like standard HVAC units.
Install up to four air handler units attached to a single condenser/compressor unit, each controlled by an individual thermostat. The individual thermostats allow for zoned cooling in multiple rooms of the home where one family member loves the sub-zero temperature while the other wears sweaters in the Summer.
Up to 30% of the cooled air created by a central A/C is lost as it travels from the air handler, through the ducts, and out the registers. A mini split air conditioner is much more efficient since it does deliver cool air through ducts. Instead, the cool breeze is simply delivered from the air handler directly into the room.
Another downfall of standard forced air units is their tendency to kick up dust and debris every time they cycle through. As the air travels into a dirty air handler out debris filled ducts and through multiple registers in a room the amount of dander and allergens kicked up is almost unbearable. A mini split air conditioner is a viable alternative for those experiencing a sore throat, itchy eyes, and difficulty breathing with their current HVAC system.
Great for Remodels
If planning an addition to the home or other renovations, one of the most difficult predicaments is tying into the existing heating and cooling units. A mini split air conditioner is the ultimate solution as it allows independent cooling without decreasing the efficiency of the A/C in the other part of the house that was designed to cool a specific sized area.
A mini split air conditioner truly is a wonderful alternative or even primary source to cool down your house this Summer.