Mini-Split Heat Pumps
Mini-Split (or all-in-one) heat pumps have exploded in popularity over the last few years. Unlike traditional central heating and cooling systems, ductless mini-split units allow for temperature regulation of individual rooms, making them a cost and energy-efficient solution to your home.
How do Mini-Split Heat Pumps Work?
Mini-split heating and cooling systems consist of two primary components: an outdoor compressor and an indoor evaporator. The evaporators, located inside the house, maintain a steady temperature by pumping warm or cold air into the room. At the same time, the compressor, located outside, diffuses any heat created during the process away from the house.
Types of Mini-Split Units
In general, mini-split heat pumps are separated into two categories: single-zone and multi-zone units. Each works in the same way but can distribute the conditioned air to different areas of your home.
Single-zone mini-split units. Single-zone heat pumps have one dedicated compressor and one evaporator, allowing for single room temperature control. This type of unit is best for heating and cooling large open areas such as garages or living rooms.
Multi-zone mini-split units. Just like their single-zone counterparts, multi-zone mini-splits rely on a single outdoor compressor. However, they have the option to connect up to four indoor evaporators so you can control the temperature of multiple rooms at once.
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