The central air-conditioning system is the most common way to cool a home. While there are obvious uses for central air, there are times when you can get better efficiency, and, therefore, better savings by using a mini-split system.
What Is a Mini-Split AC Unit?
Before you can use a mini-split system in your home, you have to know what it is. Similar to a central-air cooling system, a mini-split system will have an separate condenser unit located on the outside of your home. This, however, if where the similarities end. A central-air system will have one evaporator unit located in a central location in your home and ducts to direct the conditioned air produced by the evaporator to the various rooms in your house. A mini-split system will have up to four smaller evaporator units that are placed directly in the room that you want to cool.
The Benefits of Eliminating Ducts
Ducts increase the cost of installing your system, but they can also undermine the efficiency of your system. Over time, ducts will develop leaks as a direct result of the air running through them. Leaky ducts can decrease AC efficiency by up to 40%. Because a mini-split system does not use ducts, you don't have to worry about efficiency loss due to leaky ducts.
With a central-air system, you only have one temperature setting, so in order to sufficiently cool rooms on the sunny side of your house, you might have to overcool rooms on the shady side. With a mini-split system, you can adjust the output of each evaporator unit, so you can adapt your cooling to the demands of the room to be cooled. You can even turn off evaporator units located in rooms that are not in use. If you use this flexibility the right way, you can reduce your costs by reducing heating and air conditioning usage.
If you have a large home, you will probably be better off by installing a central-air system. However, if you do not use every room in your large house, or the rooms in your basement don't need cooling, you might still be able to benefit from a mini-split system. Operating an AC system is one of the most expensive bills that homeowners have to deal with. Thus, it is worth your time to, at the very least, look into installing a mini-split system in your home. You might find that eliminating ducts and strategically cooling your home are just what you need to reduce your cooling costs.Share
10 March 2016
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