The popularity of mini split air conditioners (also called mini split heat pumps) seems to be growing every year in Glenwood Springs, Aspen, and Vail, CO. There are many reasons for that. Mini splits have some clear advantages when compared to central AC.
- Energy efficient
- Easy installation since they are ductless
- Multiple splits (head units) attached to one outdoor compressor
- Custom temperature control for each unit
For the purposes of this article Climate Control Company is focusing on mini splits for air conditioning, but since they use heat pump technology, they can also be used to provide heat for beneficial electrification during the winter. Now that we have your attention, let’s talk about some factors that can determine your buying choices.
What Type Works Best for You?
To be clear, all mini splits use the same technology. The different types refer to where and how the head units are installed in your home.
- Wall Mounted
- This means the splits are installed near the top of a wall. This is generally the most popular because it’s an economical installation and the units are relatively unobtrusive.
- Floor Mounted
- These are essentially the same, but the splits are installed near the bottom of the walls. This can be ideal in certain types of construction and is also convenient for the homeowner when it comes to changing or cleaning the filter.
- Ceiling Cassette
- This location allows a wider air flow than most wall mounted heads. The cassette units are recessed into the ceiling, so they don’t take up wall space and are out of sight.
Finding the Right Size
Just like a central air conditioner, proper sizing is critical for mini splits as well. This will depend on factors like where the head unit is located, ceiling height, and the square footage you are trying to cool.
Like all air conditioning systems, mini splits receive what’s called a SEER (Season Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating. A higher rating means the mini split is more efficient and will result in lower monthly electric bills.
The cost of mini split AC is closely related to efficiency. Units with higher SEER ratings are almost always more expensive. Climate Control’s recommendation is to buy the most efficient mini split your budget allows.
Call to Learn More
If you want to learn more about using efficient mini split heat pumps in your Glenwood Springs, Aspen, or Vail, CO home, the experts at Climate Control Company are always just a phone call away. Make the call now to schedule a no obligation estimate. Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more great HVAC information.