How do Mini-Split AC Systems work?
A split air system is just what it sounds like a two-sided heating and air conditioning system comprised of two separate pieces of equipment that serve to heat (the “hot side”) and cool (the “cold side”) your home.
- Split air systems consist of an air handler and air conditioner or heat pump connected by copper piping which transfers refrigerant between evaporator and condenser coils.
- The air handler consists of an evaporator coil, heat exchanger, or auxiliary heat kit, along with various controls. It blows air throughout a house via the coil and ducts throughout the house.
- The air conditioner or heat pump contains a condenser coil, compressor, and a variety of controls. The system cools or heats air depending on the temperature selected on a home’s thermostat, which turns the system on when a change in room temperature is required.
- Split air systems are both cost-effective and energy-efficient. The systems only run when necessary (when the temperature drops below a certain number of degrees, for example). This, plus the fact the systems use smaller fan motors, means split air systems use less energy, resulting in greater savings for you.
- Split air systems effectively cool and heat your home depending on the time of year and are highly effective at moderating your home’s temperature and comfort level.
- The systems are built to last. With the proper maintenance, a split air system can work at maximum efficiency for years sometimes even decades.