Are you looking for ways to lower your heating and cooling costs? If so, you might have heard about mini-split systems and wonder if they’re cheaper to run than central air. While there’s never a one-size-fits-all solution for efficiency, mini-split systems have features that make them a good option for most households interested in spending less on cooling and heating their homes.
Mini-Split Systems Use Sophisticated Technology
Inverter technology is one reason that mini-split systems are highly efficient. The technology turns high-voltage electricity into DC voltage. This means that mini-split systems use minimal energy to run, resulting in a higher Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). Many mini-split systems have a SEER rating of 30 or more compared to the average SEER rating of 13–21 found in modern central HVAC systems.
Unlike central HVAC units that turn on and off throughout the day and have only one or two-speed settings, mini-splits run as little or as much as needed. They operate in this manner because they have variable-speed compressors, technology that makes these systems incredibly inexpensive to run.
Mini-Split Systems Have Built-In Zoning
Built-in zoning gives you more control over your home’s comfort. Each zone (a single bedroom, a great room, a garage, etc.) is controlled by a single indoor air handler installed on the wall or, depending on the model, in the ceiling. Each of the air handlers can be adjusted to meet the temperature needs of that particular room. Some can be turned on, and others can be turned off. You can’t do this effectively with a central HVAC system.
Is a Mini-Split System Right for Your Home?
There’s much to think about when installing any heating and cooling system. You must consider your budget and what you hope to get from the new system. The best way to make this decision is to work closely with HVAC industry professionals. We have a team of experts at Valley Mechanical LLC who handle a full range of heating and cooling installation, maintenance, and repair, and they’d be happy to discuss this with you. For more information about mini-split systems, call us today.