The concept of a mini-split system is still unfamiliar to many people. It varies from a traditional air conditioning setup in a couple of ways.
A traditional AC system uses an outside condenser unit, which works in concert with a centralized air handler, usually installed in a basement, attic or utility room. The air handler is connected to duct work that runs between the various rooms of the house and channels the air through registers in each room. Climate control is handled by a single thermostat, usually mounted on a wall in a high-traffic area.
With a mini-split system, the outside condenser works with one or more air handlers, located in certain rooms or zones of the house. There is no ductwork involved. The individual air handlers directly distribute cool or warm air into their assigned rooms. They are connected to the condenser, not by ductwork, but by refrigerant lines, which extend into the house through a three-inch hole in the outer wall. Each air handler has its own thermostat, which allows the occupants of each room to set their own thermostat to their own preference.
Mitsubishi systems go as high as five zones. This will cover an entire average home on one level. Large homes, particularly two-story homes, may require an additional condenser. Mini-split systems were originally intended for single-zone use and remain an ideal choice for rooms not fitted with ductwork, like add-ons, garages and reclaimed living space. But with recent innovations, mini-split systems are now able to control the climate in multiple configurations.
This is why HVACDirect.com carries such a wide range of Mitsubishi mini split products. Contact one of our customer service professionals and get started on a life-changing home project that will pay dividends in your family’s comfort for years to come.