Efficient Cooling: The Benefits Of A Mini-Split Cooling System

Every room in a house does not necessarily require the same level of cooling. For one thing, some residents in a home might prefer that rooms be a little warmer. The temperature preference of different members of a household is one concern, but if you have a basement, or areas of your home that are shaded by trees, these rooms will typically not heat up as much as rooms that are exposed to direct sunlight. If you are looking for a way to cool only some of the rooms in your home, then you should consider using a mini-split cooling system.

What Is a Mini-Split System?

If you have central air, then you have a split AC unit. This means that you will have a condenser unit located on the outside of your home, which will be connected to an evaporator unit in your mechanical room by a set of coolant lines. While such a system can effectively push air to every room in your house, a mini-split system can give you more targeted cooling. 

A mini-split, or ductless, system will have one condenser unit located on the outside of your home and up to four evaporator units, which you install in the rooms that you want to cool. Each evaporator will then pump cooled air directly into the room it is installed in. 

How a Mini-Split System Can Lead to Improved Efficiency

If you have central-air system that pushes cold air into every room in your house—even those that are not in constant use—than you are wasting energy. A mini-split system allows you to target your cooling to only the rooms that require cooling. For example, if you spend most of your time at home in the public areas of your house during the day, then you might put evaporators in these rooms and wait till after the day starts to cool to go to your bedrooms. Or you might put evaporators in the upstairs rooms of your home and leave the basement alone. A mini-split system will also allow you to operate each evaporator independently of the others, so you can turn off a unit as you leave a room. 

By providing targeted cooling for your home, a mini-split system will help you to more efficiently cool your home than you could by pumping air to every room in your house. On the other hand, if you regularly use every room in your home, a mini-split system might not be the most comfortable cooling method to use. If you wonder if a mini-split system is right for you, talk to an AC contractor to help you choose the right system for your needs. 

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