Is a Mini Split Right for You?

April 06, 2018

If are taking the steps to get a new heating and cooling system, you probably 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 wondering about any of these questions, a mini-split system may be right for you.

Mini-splits can offer 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 additional flexibility, one outdoor unit can support up to five indoor units, depending upon the specific model. That means you can create 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 advantages 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 use 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 protect 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 start making your home comfortable.

A few of the more common reasons that people think about 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. We’d be happy to share more about how this system could benefit your home.