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What Exactly is a Mini Split System?

Chris Helms - Friday, April 25, 2014

Mini Split System Basics For Homeowners

There are a lot of options out there for air conditioning, including the popular mini split system. Summer’s almost here, and if you live in the South, you’re going to want a cool home. If central air isn’t an option, maybe a mini split system is right for your home. But what exactly is that? So glad you asked! Here’s what you need to know:

What is a Mini Split System?

A mini split system is a smaller version of a split system. Simple as that. A split system has two units, an indoor and an outdoor unit, that work together to cool or heat your home. It is an alternative to central air conditioning.

How Does It Work?

A mini split system is a ductless air conditioning and heating unit that is designed for smaller spaces. There is an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor air conditioning unit. The outdoor component can be installed on the ground and the indoor component is installed on a wall. Tubing and electrical runs through the wall between the units to make them function.

Who Uses Mini Split Systems?

The ideal location for mini split systems is in apartments or smaller homes or in smaller rooms and spaces. Anywhere air conditioning and heat is needed but where ductwork is not installed.

The Mini Split Advantages

The size of a mini split system is the biggest advantage. They’re flexible in their installation and can be put in a variety of places and rooms and they allow for zoning of different areas to control comfort level and to create greater energy efficiency. They’re also easier to include and camouflage in interior spaces because of their size. Additionally they are easier to install than larger systems because of their size, their components, and the lack of ductwork needed.

If you live in a smaller house in the South, a mini split system for your cooling needs this summer might be just the ticket. Schedule a service call with Helms Heating and Cooling today for an estimate and more information.