Mini-split cooling systems; the alternative to central air
As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, we start to think about summer. Summer means beach days, cookouts, time on the water, and unfortunately, heat and humidity.
If you are tired of dragging those window units out every year, but don’t want to invest in central air, a mini-split may be right for you.
Listed below we have listed some of the most common questions that we get regarding these versatile and economical units. You can also find more information on our mini-split installation page.
What is a mini-split cooling system?
Mini-splits are cooling systems that allow you to control the temperatures in individual rooms or spaces. The air controller and thermostat are located inside, and the compressor/condenser/fan functions are outside. The unit is “split”. Thus, the name, Mini-Split.
Why would I choose a mini-split over a window unit?
- They are more secure than window units. This not only regarding intruders, but there are less openings for dust and pest to enter.
- They offer higher levels of functionality like timers and sleep function and dehumidifiers to allow you to customize your settings.
- They are less expensive to operate than window units.
- Many units are designed to both heat and cool allowing for year-round comfort.
- Many styles offer rebates.
- The sleek designs of the mini-split units make them less obtrusive than window units.
- A window unit is just that. It must go in the window. The mini-split has increased placement options.
How do I know which unit is right for me?
It is important to have a professional do a load analysis to determine the electrical requirements as well as placement and number of interior and exterior units. Fronius Electric does these consultations and estimates at no charge.
How long do they take to install?
Installation is typically no more than 2 days and depends on the number of interior units. Weather is a concern at installation as part of the unit is outside.
Are there any aspects of the mini-split that could be seen as a disadvantage when comparing it to a window unit?
Very few! They do have a higher initial cost than a window unit and they must be installed by a professional. You must also have a place to drain condensate water near the outdoor unit. In the long run, the energy saving more than surpass the initial cost.
Contact us for your free estimate.