What is a Mini Split?
If you own a home in Loveland, Colorado and you’re considering adding on an extra room or if you have a basement that you’re considering converting into a family room, you may be wondering how to regulate the temperature in that space.
Sure, you can expand your HVAC and add on duct work, but this type of job can be expensive and inconvenient- especially when you consider the amount of work that will need to be done in order to get the job done.
The same holds true if you’d like to heat your garage—if you spend a lot of time out there tinkering on craft or DIY projects.
The good news is that there is a way to help heat these parts of your home efficiently.
Enter the mini split
Mini splits are ductless heating (and in some cases, cooling) units that, while not all that common in the US, are very popular in other parts of the world.
The unit consists of an indoor, wall-based unit (which is installed toward the top part of the wall) and an outdoor compressor unit.
They don’t have wall-based thermostats but instead, are controlled with a remote. Newer units are ENERGY STAR rated and they are very cost effective to run.
Mini splits are ideal for zone-based heating and cooling. Yes, a single min-split will not serve to warm or cool an entire home, but if you’re wanting to regulate the temperature in a basement, garage or add-on room, this may be an ideal solution.
The installation of a mini split will take a few hours and many people feel it’s a lot less invasive (and a lot less of a pain in the you-know-where) than having a company out to expand your duct work.
Depending on the type of unit you purchase, it may also serve as an air conditioning unit in the summer. Some also have a dehumidifying function along with a fan-only function. You can set them to turn on and/or off on certain intervals and you can also run some in “energy efficient” mode.
Mini splits are far more energy efficient than a space heater and they’re also more energy efficient than wall or window-based air conditioning units. Many people find they work quite well for zone-based heating and cooling.
The cost to purchase a mini split generally runs between $700 and $7,000, depending on the type of unit you choose. You’ll also need to factor in installation costs. As such, some people find this type of unit cost prohibitive.
Have questions? Call Bauer Mechanical HVAC today
If you’re considering a mini split and you don’t have a lot of experience with (or exposure to) this type of technology, call our office today and we’ll be happy to answer any and all questions you have.