Why Choose a Ductless Mini Split?
By: First Supply
A mini split is a ductless heating and cooling system that can be installed in commercial and residential buildings. Mini splits are named for their compact design and the fact that they provide both heating and cooling to enclosed spaces.
What is a Mini Split?
A mini split system includes an outdoor that houses a condenser and compressor, and an indoor unit that supplies conditioned air. This is a flexible HVAC solution that can work well in almost any construction application. Since these systems work without ductwork, they can be used to provide additional coverage in buildings with non-ducted heating systems, such as hydronic systems. Mini splits are also ideal for historical homes without ductwork as well as converted living spaces and room additions where tying into an existing ductwork system would be difficult or cost prohibitive.
Single-Zone Vs. Multi-Zone
As stated earlier, all mini splits have an indoor air-handling unit and an outdoor compressor/condenser. But there are single-zone and multi-zone systems.
Sealing ductwork will provide two major benefits:
- Single-zone systems are perfect for adding heating and cooling to newly constructed rooms without ductwork, or to supplement underserved spaces in an existing system.
- Multi-zone systems can include up to eight indoor units that function independently, so you can heat/cool specific areas for maximum efficiency.
Indoor Air Handling Units
The type of indoor unit(s) you select will depend on your layout and design preferences. The following are different types of indoor mini split air handlers:
For the successful installation of a mini split HVAC system, you’ll also need several components and accessories. First Supply has a great selection of condensate pumps, line sets, split wiring, controls, and more. Every situation is unique, but the following list includes different accessories that may be required for your next mini split installation.
A mini split system is significantly different from a traditional HVAC system and may require some additional carpentry, electrical configuration, and installation work. The differences result in some distinct Pros and Cons of Ductless Mini Splits that should be considered before committing to this type of system. Choosing the right heating and cooling system can play a huge part in the comfort that a property owner will enjoy in the long run. The information in this article should give you the tools you need to weigh the features and benefits of a mini split system against the negatives. Trust First Supply for all your mini split equipment, supplies, and information.