We recently showed a mini split heating/cooling system installation by KJ Thomas Mechanical on our Facebook page. As promised, here is more information about this HVAC system.
A mini split is a ductless heating and/or air conditioning unit that can be installed in a room (or rooms) that needs climate control. It doesn’t require a window or duct work, and is suitable for both commercial and residential installations.
It is called a mini split because it consists of two small components. The part that is installed inside on a wall is called the air handler.
The outside unit is either a condenser for cooling, or a mini heat pump for cooling and heating. The outside unit can supply heating and cooling to multiple air handlers.
A mini split is a cost effective way heat or cool a room. It can be the single climate-control source for a room, or can be used to supplement your central heating/cooling system on a room-by-room basis. For example, you could install a mini-split in a basement bedroom that is always a bit chilly, or add to a room that gets too warm in the summer when the sun hits it. If you are considering adding on to your house or converting an attic space to living space, a mini split might make more sense than incurring the expense of expanding your main system which may involve expenses such as running new air ducts.
A mini split probably looks best when the air handler can be installed on a wall that is shared with the exterior, thus eliminating the need to run conduit across the interior wall. The internet is full of ideas on how to decorate around the air handler. Karl can advise you on pros and cons of various options. It is important to keep in mind that for future maintenance, the air handler needs to be easy to access.
KJ Thomas Mechanical is experienced in installing and servicing mini splits. If you have questions about whether a mini split can make your space comfortable, please call us at 303-435-8141.