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Why You Should Request A Mini-Split AC System For Your Home

An AC system is one of the biggest costs that a homeowner has to handle. While there are some things you can do to make a central-air system more cost-effective, there are also times when a mini-split system is a better choice. Knowing the advantages of a mini-split AC system will help you to know if a mini-split system could work in your home. 

Eliminating the Ducts

One of the weakest components of an AC system are the ducts. The force of air flowing through the ducts can create outward pressure, which can weaken the joints and seals in the ducts over time. These leaks will syphon air away and decrease the efficiency of your system. In fact, leaky seams can decrease your system efficiency by up to 40%. This is true whether you have a mid- or high-efficiency AC system. A mini-split system does not use ducts, for which reason they are sometimes referred to as ductless AC systems. Instead, a ductless system pumps air directly into the rooms that need cooling. Thus, you never have to worry about duct maintenance or losing efficiency to damaged ducts. 

How A Mini-Split System Works

A mini-split system will have one set of condenser coils located outside your home and up to four small evaporator units located inside. Each one of these evaporator units will come with its own thermostat, so you can adjust the temperature independently for each one. You can also shut off a unit when you leave a room so that you are not paying to cool a room that you aren't using. 

Using a Mini-Split System to Your Best Advantage

If you have more than five rooms in your house, you might think that you can't use a mini-split system. On the other hand, if you have guest rooms, dens, offices, storage rooms, or any other room that is not constantly occupied, you are wasting energy by pumping cool air into these rooms. By placing evaporator units only in the rooms you most need, you can save money by using a smaller AC unit to target your AC needs. 

While ductless AC systems are a good choice in some situations, they may or may not work for you. When deciding if you could use a ductless system in your home, you should first take time to analyze how you use AC in your home, and then talk over your situation with an HVAC technician who can help you decide whether a central air or a ductless system is right for your home. Contact a company like Seliga Heating and Cooling for more info.