When the temperatures rise, you may notice that the cool air pumped in by your air conditioner isn’t dispersing throughout your entire home. Sometimes, home additions like finished basements, extra rooms, and external garages don’t have the ductwork to connect to your HVAC unit.
If you own a commercial property like a restaurant, bar, garage, or workshop, you may find that maintaining a comfortable temperature is difficult. Adding ductwork to heat and cool your business’s breakroom or screened-in patio may be prohibitively expensive.
You, your family, and your customers don’t have to suffer through the hot summer months. Keeping your property cool is easy with a ductless mini split air conditioner. This air conditioning system may be the perfect solution for customizing your property’s temperature.
The Mini Split Air Conditioner vs. Central Air Conditioner
Before you start shopping for that new conditioning unit for your property, it’s important to understand how a ductless mini split differs from a conventional air conditioner. A traditional HVAC unit uses a series of ducts to distribute warm or cool air throughout your property. Central air conditioners cool the entire interior of your property all at once. However, these systems do have some drawbacks. For example, with a central AC, you can’t limit cooling to the rooms you use.
Also known as a ductless heat pump or ductless system, the ductless mini split air conditioner features an outdoor compressor or condenser connected to an indoor air handler. A conduit holds the power cable, refrigerant tubing, suction tubing, and condensate drain. This conduit also links the outdoor and indoor units.
Ductless mini-split systems are available in single-zone models and multiple-zone models. If you need to cool one large space, a single-zone model may be the right solution for you. These units can be a cost-effective solution for finished garages, home offices, or finished basements.
For larger properties, you may want to invest in a multi-zone model. These mini-split air conditioners may cover up to four zones with several indoor air handlers all connected to one condenser. Each indoor air handler has its own thermostat. You can divide your home or business into zones and set individual temperatures for each zone. These models can regulate the temperature in individual rooms, which allows you to turn off the system in spaces that aren’t in use. You may save money on utility bills because you will only heat or cool the rooms you use.
The Benefits of a Mini Split Air Conditioner
In addition to controlling the temperatures in individual rooms, the ductless mini split air conditioner offers a few other benefits. These include:
- Quieter operation
- Quick and easy installation
- Environmentally friendly
One often-overlooked benefit of the ductless mini split air conditioner is the improved air quality. Dirt, pollen, pet hair, and mold can accumulate in your property’s ductwork. When your HVAC unit blows air into your home, the system also may spread those particles throughout your home. If you have smelled burning dust when you turned on your furnace, that’s due to accumulated dust and dirt in your ductwork.
Over time, these accumulated particles can aggravate respiratory conditions like asthma and allergies. Ductless mini split air conditioners may improve your property’s air quality because they function without ductwork.
A ductless mini split air conditioner also offers better energy efficiency. Individual thermostats at each air handler allow you to customize the temperature settings in each zone. Guests can turn up the temperature in the guest room while you’re enjoying the cool air in your master bedroom. You’ll also avoid wasting energy by cooling unoccupied rooms. Mini-split systems consume less energy and may lower your energy bills. Ductless systems also don’t experience the energy losses that you experience with ductwork.
The Best Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioners
We offer ductless mini split air conditioners that comply with the Department of Energy’s 2023 energy efficiency standards. For 2023, the minimum energy rating accepted by the Department of Energy is 15. Most mini-split units offer a minimum energy efficiency rating (SEER) of 17. A higher energy efficiency rating often means a higher price tag.
One unit we recommend is the SENL-24CD Mini-Split Air Conditioner and Heat Pump from Senville. This is a versatile, affordable mini split air conditioner that is great for both home and commercial properties. With an energy efficiency rating of 18, you’ll enjoy lower energy bills with this system. The DC Inverter Technology reduces energy consumption by 48%. A built-in dehumidifier and fan also reduce your property’s humidity. This high-tech model works with Alexa so you can control your system with your smart speaker or smartphone.
Pioneer offers several ductless mini split air conditioners, including the Pioneer Triple Zone Quantum Series 23.5 SEER2 Multi Split Inverter Air Conditioner and Heat Pump. This multi-zone unit is Energy Star certified and has an energy efficiency rating of 23.5. The system uses an ultra-high-efficiency DC inverter.
Carrier released new ductless mini split air conditioner units to comply with the 2023 energy regulations. For single-zone systems, Carrier’s most advanced solution is the Infinity Series ductless system. This system offers advanced cooling technology. With a SEER rating of 42.5, you’ll save more energy and more money. This system uses precision temperature control that eliminates temperature swings. The unit’s quiet operation means you won’t be distracted by a noisy air conditioner.
Carrier also offers the Performance Series ductless mini split. This flexible system offers excellent energy efficiency at a great price. With an energy rating of 25, the Performance Series features quiet indoor air handlers that work with either single or multiple zones. You’ll enjoy added technology like the temperature-sensing handheld remote. Three available fan speeds mean you can customize your environment. Like other ductless systems, you won’t have to worry about time-consuming installation.
For the budget-conscious buyer, Carrier offers the Comfort Series ductless mini split. These units have an energy efficiency rating of up to 19.8. The Comfort series offers responsive heating and cooling. Easy to install and service, the Comfort series is a great choice for finished garages, extra rooms, and other small spaces.
Our team at Main Street Heating & Cooling can help you select the right system to meet your budget and your property’s needs. With all our systems, you’ll enjoy quick and easy installation.
Your Mini Split Air Conditioner Pros
At Main Street Heating & Cooling, our friendly HVAC technicians are here to help you select the best mini split air conditioner for your home or business. We’ve been serving our community in Sandy, UT for over a decade. When you call our team, we answer our phone promptly. You won’t have to deal with automated prompts and voicemails. We respond to after-hours emergency calls quickly.
We understand that keeping cool is important, so you can rely on us to be responsive to your needs. Our technicians show up on time to every appointment and offer fast, friendly service. If you’re not 100% satisfied with our service, we’ll make it right. We offer budget-friendly solutions for every customer, and we can help you apply for available rebates and credits.
Contact Main Street Heating & Cooling and ask us about our ductless mini split air conditioners.