Is a Mini Split Right for You?

April 06, 2018

If you’re in the market for a new heating and cooling system, you undoubtedly have a lot of questions. Is there a less invasive system than installing new ducts? What if I want to add zoning to my home? Is there a flexible system? If you’re contemplating any of these questions, a mini-split system may be the ideal product for your home comfort needs.

Mini-splits can deliver more flexibility than traditional systems. Because they don’t need ductwork, they are typically easier to install. All it takes is an interior unit on an exterior wall and an outdoor condensing unit. For extra flexibility, one outdoor unit can support up to five indoor units, depending upon the specific model. That means you can make different comfort zones in your home. Mini-splits are an ideal solution when installing new ductwork just doesn’t make sense all while allowing you to create a heating and cooling system customized to your home.

Mini-splits also provide benefits for your home’s energy efficiency and security. According to Energy.gov, more than 30 percent of the energy you use heating and cooling your home comes from the temperature lost through your ducts. Because mini-split systems don’t require ducts, less energy escapes during heating and cooling than using traditional ducts. The flexibility they provide through zoning can also positively affect your energy costs. With enhanced control over the temperature in your house, you won’t unnecessarily heat or cool space that is empty or unused. Mini-splits can also help shelter your home. Traditional wall and window units can leave your home more prone to break-ins or intruders. Mini-splits only require a three-inch hole through your wall to get started on the path to home comfort.

Some of the most common reasons that people contemplate mini-split systems is if there is a room that is typically warmer or colder than the rest of the house; there has been an addition to the home, or there are rooms that are normally unoccupied.

If you’d like to discuss whether a mini-split system is appropriate for your home, give Honke Heating & AC a call at 503-663-8033. Our professionals are happy to share more about how this system could advance your home.