When it comes cooling or heating your Haverhill-area home, energy efficiency makes a big difference to both the environment and your monthly power bills.
If you’re spending most of your time in only one or two rooms, why spend money cooling or heating the entire house? Having an HVAC system that can work where and when you want it can make a big difference to your bottom line.
That’s where mini-split systems come in. Mini-splits combine an evaporator and a condenser, using puron refrigerant and change-phases, to provide heating or cooling. Puron is a less harmful refrigerant than Freon, which most people associate with HVAC systems. This environmentally friendlier solution has been approved by the EPA and is the world’s first long-term solution to ozone depletion.
Essentially, mini-split systems are high-efficiency air conditioners that can also run in reverse to heat the home. The condenser is usually located outdoors and distributes refrigerant through copper tubing, which is connected to one or more indoor outlets (which combine an evaporator and air handler).
Instead of running air through ducts that can leak heated or cooled air, mini-splits use copper tubing and smaller units to allow air to more efficiently reach its intended target. That gives you both energy savings and the ability to target the areas of your home that are most in need of cooling and heating.
While mini-split systems won’t work for every home out there (they won’t perform well in homes that have heavy heating and cooling needs), properly sealed and insulated mini-splits are ideal for smaller homes and apartments, or homes where only certain rooms need heating/cooling.
Here are five things that can make mini-splits the right choice for your space:
- Easy to Install
While expanding ductwork can be difficult (not to mention expensive), installing a mini-split in is much less stressful. Installation requires a small, three-inch hole in the wall and a relatively small area to mount the indoor unit. And, with copper piping and other conduits available in a variety of lengths, outdoor units can be placed up to 50 feet away from the indoor evaporator.
- Improved Energy Efficiency
Mentioned before, but it bears repeating: ducts can lose up to 30 percent of generated air making its way to vents, but ductless mini-splits save energy by ensuring more heated or cooled air reaches its destination.
- Air to Individual Rooms/Zones
And that destination can be a lot more specific thanks to mini-splits. Placing individual air-handling units in specific rooms of your home gives you to greater control of the temperature in those rooms than you’d have setting a thermostat to uniformly heat or cool the entire house. This gives you more comfort where and when you need it the most and boosts your savings on energy costs. Couple a mini-split with good home insulation and that impact on savings will only increase.
- Placement Options
With its smaller size and flexible coupling options, a mini-split won’t affect your interior design. Other add-on systems might limit placement possibilities, but mini-split air-handlers can be affixed to a wall, suspended from the ceiling, or even mounted into a drop ceiling. Floor models can also be beneficial in certain circumstances.
That flexibility also extends to mini-split features. Timers and built-in sleep options give yet another way for mini-split owners to tailor their home comfort, while saving money on energy costs when compared to a traditional HVAC system with a thermostat.
Mini-splits may be for homeowners looking for an efficient HVAC solution that meets their specific needs. Talk to the professionals at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone today to determine if a mini-split system is the right choice for your home. Our professionals are available 24/7 and you can reach us by phone at (978) 912-7677 or use our handy online scheduler.