Using a Mini Split for an Add-On to Your House

June 29, 2017

Adding on to your Gresham home can take a lot of planning and a lot of decisions. Figuring out how to heat and cool your new area shouldn’t add on to your to-do list. A mini-split system from Honke Heating & AC could be an affordable way to keep your new space comfy without adding things to your list of decisions or your cost.

A mini-split system is composed of two main parts: a blower unit installed inside the space on an exterior wall and a condensing unit that sits on the ground outside, similar to what you’d expect for a standard central air conditioner. The difference is that it doesn’t need ductwork to accomplish the mission!

Mini-split systems are small and leave you a lot of options for zoning—models can heat and cool up to four different zones, all with separate thermostats. This offers you the money-saving flexibility to heat or cool only the spaces that you’ll be utilizing, so you won’t waste energy.

There’s no doubt that you’ll be done with construction in your home once your project is completed. The good news is that adding a mini-split system is minimally invasive. The connection between the outdoor and indoor units typically requires around a three-inch hole through a wall. This is good news in terms of not needing further construction and in terms of safety—through-the-wall or window AC units both provide an opening for intruders. A mini-split system won’t jeopardize your home’s safety like that. They also mean you have flexibility in how your space is put together because compact indoor air handlers can be added on a wall or from the ceiling, or even flush-mounted into a drop ceiling.

When you’re on the lookout for the best way to heat and cool an addition to your home, call Honke Heating & AC at 503-663-8033 and we’ll help you go through all your options.