Everything you need to know about Mini-splits

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We’ll start with the basics. What is a mini-split? What are the pros and cons of a mini-split? What about cost is a mini-split right for you? When is a good time to buy? Finally, what to do next?

A mini-split is a solution to your heating and cooling needs that does not require the use of ductwork. A reason to get a mini-split would be if you had a hard-to-heat or cool room in your house, like your garage or an addition, like a patio room or sunroom, that you need to provide comfort year-round, anywhere that you need more specific heating and cooling needs to make yourself comfortable in that room that your existing duct system is not able to provide that solution for you.

Pros and Cons of Mini-splits

What are the pros and cons of a mini-split? A mini-split is very quiet operation, and it’s also very specific. So if you want your temperature to be 70 degrees in the summertime, it’s 70 degrees, or vice versa in the wintertime. So exact temperature control in the home, high-efficiency,equipment, low energy consumption, and very easy to install.

Some of the downsides are there still needs to be communication between the outdoor and the indoor head, which means you have to run line sets for the refrigerant to travel, there’s some electrical needs that are there, and most people do not have an existing electrical circuit ready to power up this unit on the outside yet. Sometimes it’s not as aesthetically pleasing or attractive to have the lines running on the outside of the house. For the lines being exposed. We do have a solution that provides a nice covering for them that is more attractive.

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How Much do Mini Splits Cost?

How much does a mini-split cost? Typical cost can range anywhere between $3,500 and up for the unit this does include installation.  Key factors that will vary in the pricing is electrical requirements, how long a line set needs to be, that’s what the refrigerant travels from the outdoor to the indoor, how many indoor heads do we have, is it a single-zone system or is it a multi-zone system. It depends on the installation requirements to provide an accurate estimate.

Is a Mini Split Right for your Utah Home?

Is a mini-split right for you? One situation where the mini-split would make sense could be a master bedroom, and people have different needs or requirements for sleeping temperature. Well, the thermostat on the first floor and your existing duct system does not allow this. Adding a mini-split system to your home gives you complete comfort control of the master bedroom area to where now if you want it to be warmer at night or cooler at night or during the day or at any time, you have that flexibility. A mini-split may not be a solution when your current duct work system is adequate and capable of providing you the heating solution requirements that you’re looking for.

If you think a Mini-split is the correct application for your Southern Utah home or if you would like to have a free in-home consultation from one of our HVAC contractors to discuss your heating and cooling needs. Please call EMCO heating & Air