Is a Mini Split Right for You? 04/06/2018If your home’s heating and cooling system needs upgrading, you likely have a lot of questions. Is there a less invasive system than installing new ducts? What if I want to integrate zoning to my home? Are there more flexible options? If you’re struggling with any of these questions, a mini-split system may be right for you. Mini-splits can deliver more flexibility than traditional systems. Because they don’t need ductwork, they are typically easier to install. All it takes is an interior unit on an exterior wall and an outdoor condensing unit. For added flexibility, one outdoor unit can support up to five indoor units, depending upon the specific model. That means you can generate different comfort zones in your home. Mini-splits are a great solution when installing new ductwork just doesn’t make sense all while letting you create a heating and cooling system tailored to your home. Mini-splits also offer benefits for your home’s energy efficiency and security. According to Energy.gov, more than 30 percent of the energy you use heating and cooling your home comes from the temperature lost through your ducts. Because mini-split systems don’t utilize ducts, less energy is wasted during heating and cooling than using traditional ducts. The flexibility they provide through zoning can reduce your utility costs. With enhanced control over the temperature in your space, you won’t spend extra money heating or cooling areas that aren’t used. Mini-splits can also help shelter your home. Traditional wall and window units can leave your home more vulnerable to break-ins or intruders. Mini-splits only require a three-inch hole through your wall to get started on the path to home comfort. A few of the more common reasons that people consider mini-split systems is if there is a room that is typically warmer or colder than the rest of the house; there has been an addition to the house, or there are rooms that are normally unoccupied. If you are considering whether a mini-split system is a candidate for your home, give Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. a call at 256-574-1300 or arrange an appointment with our online scheduler. Our experts would are happy to share more about how this system could benefit your home.