Here we are, a good way through another hot summer and you’re still sweltering through it without air conditioning, just biding your time until the first cool days of fall arrive. Or maybe you’ve got a window unit in your bedroom so you can at least get some sleep at night. We are here to help!
These days, central air doesn’t necessarily have to mean running duct work throughout your home. Today’s mini split-systems are effective and require only “minimally invasive” installation. They’re perfect for homes that use hot water heating or radiant panels. But the main advantages of mini splits are their small size and flexibility for zoning or cooling individual rooms.
Just like a conventional central air conditioning system, a mini split-system has two main components
- an outdoor condensing unit
- an indoor air-handling unit
These two components are linked together by a conduit housing the power cable, the refrigerant tubing, suction tubing and a drain to take care of condensate.
Many mini split-system units come with as many as four indoor handling units to handle separate areas where your family spends most of its time (e.g. bedroom, kitchen, living room or family room). All of the indoor air handlers connect to one outdoor condensing unit.
A nice benefit of this system is that each of the air handlers will have its own thermostat, which means you can save energy (and money) by cooling those rooms only when they’re actually occupied. Another plus is that mini split-systems offer more flexibility in interior design options. The indoor air handlers can be suspended from a ceiling, mounted flush into a drop ceiling, or hung on a wall. See what we mean by versatility?
You’ll pay more upfront for a mini-split system than you would for conventional central air, but as mentioned, it doesn’t require the bother and disruption of running duct work throughout the house. It’s also more efficient than a conventional central air conditioning system, which can lose up to 30% of the energy it consumes through duct losses, especially when ducts run through areas with little insulation, such as an attic.
Whether you decide to go with a conventional central air conditioning system or a mini split-system, your investment will serve you well for many hot summers to come, and will also increase your home’s value!
Give us a call at M&M Mechanical, Inc. if you’re interested in air conditioning service in Newington VA. We’re family owned and have dedicated ourselves to satisfying our customers’ needs for 40 years!