Is a Mini Split Right for You?

April 06, 2018

If are taking the steps to get a new heating and cooling system, you probably have a lot of questions. Is there a less invasive system than installing new ducts? What if I want to incorporate 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 offer more flexibility than traditional systems. Because they don’t need ductwork, they are generally easier to install. All it requires is an interior unit on an exterior wall and an outdoor condensing unit. For additional flexibility, one outdoor unit can support up to five indoor units, depending upon the specific model. That means you can create different comfort zones within your space. Mini-splits are a wonderful solution when installing new ductwork just doesn’t make sense all while letting you create a heating and cooling system customized to your home.

Mini-splits also deliver positive returns 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 reduce your utility costs. With increased control over the temperature in your space, 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 susceptible to break-ins or intruders. Mini-splits only require a three-inch hole through your wall to begin heating and cooling your home.

Some of the most common reasons that people contemplate mini-split systems is if there is a room that is habitually 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.

When you’re ready to learn more about whether a mini-split system is appropriate for your home, give WM J Kraus & Son a call at 319-229-2318. We’d be happy to share more about how this system could improve your home.