When it comes to HVAC equipment, one size does not fit all. Mini splits are ductless heating and cooling units that, while not right for every space, work spectacularly in others.
What Is a Mini Split?
This type of system consists of two main components: an outdoor condensing unit and one or more indoor units, connected through a 3- or 4-inch hole in an outside wall or ceiling by copper tubing. Refrigerant is cycled through this tubing using electricity, transferring heat from one side to the other. In the winter, that heat comes from the outdoor unit to the inside of your home, and in the summer, the heat from indoors is transferred outside to cool it.
Four Places to Consider Installing Ductless Heating and Cooling
- Additions - Outbuildings or home additions where it's not practical or possible to extend existing ductwork.
- Areas adjacent to cooler spaces - Rooms located next to unconditioned spaces such as a garage, crawl space, unfinished basement or attic, where ductwork would be exposed to extreme temperature fluctuations, resulting in higher energy bills.
- Infrequently used rooms - Save money and energy by installing ductless heating and cooling in these rooms, shutting off the unit and closing the door when unoccupied.
- A home with no ductwork - In a home where baseboard or radiant heating is used, a mini split system makes good financial sense. Each outdoor condenser can control as many as four indoor units, allowing you to control up to four individual zones with one system.
- A home office - Why heat and cool the entire home while only using your home office? Either turn down the heating or turn off the cooling for the rest of the house while being really comfortable and productive in your home office.
For more information on ductless heating and cooling, contact the experts at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. Since 1936, we’ve been providing quality HVAC service to the residents of the greater Cleveland area.m kasahara
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for over 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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