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Advantages and Disadvantages of Mini Split Systems

October 31, 2023

Given that Texas summers consistently reach triple-digit temperatures, it's crucial to have reliable and cost-effective cooling solutions. Mini split systems are some of the most economical options for cooling your home, but these systems aren't always the right choice for everyone.

In this blog, we'll explore the advantages of mini split systems and detail the disadvantages, so you can make an informed choice when updating your cooling system.

Advantages of Mini Split Systems

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Zoning Capabilities
  • Easy Installation
  • Space Saving Design

Disadvantages of Mini Split Systems

  • Upfront Cost
  • Aesthetic Considerations
  • Limited Capacity for Large Homes
  • Very Cold Climate Limitations

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Advantages of Mini Split Systems

There are several reasons why many Texas homeowners are upgrading to mini splits for cooling. The advantages of mini split systems make it an easy sell, as long as it's within your budget.

Energy Efficiency

Mini splits outperform other systems in terms of energy efficiency. While all new air conditioning units must have a minimum SEER rating of 15 in Texas, the average SEER rating for central air conditioning units is 16, just a small step above the required minimum. Mini splits average a SEER rating of 20, which makes them substantially more efficient and thus more cost-effective when running.

Zoning Capabilities

Zoning means you can control the temperature in different areas of your home. If you like the temperature colder at night but have a baby needing a warmer room, mini splits cater to both.

Easy Installation

Homes or living spaces without ductwork don't need a major renovation to add cooling with mini splits. These ductless AC options are easy to install.

Space Saving Design

Mini split system installations save you space because while the condenser is set outside, the evaporator is hung on an indoor wall. You will need a larger wall space for the indoor evaporator in each room that houses one, but you don't lose floor space or as much outdoor square footage to your cooling unit.

Disadvantages of Mini Split Systems

There are a lot of benefits to mini split systems, but there are also a few disadvantages that may make them unsuitable for some Texas homeowners.

Upfront Cost

New mini split systems can come with a price tag that's 30% higher (or more) than traditional central air conditioning units. If the upfront cost exceeds your budget, the long-term savings might not justify the purchase today.

Aesthetic Considerations

Mini splits aren't as unobtrusive to look at when compared to simple vents. If you dislike how they look, that may be a major turn-off.

Limited Capacity for Large Homes

Each condenser unit for a mini split can handle a limited number of air handlers or evaporator units. If your home is large enough, you might need to install two mini splits to get the same cooling as a central AC solution.

Very Cold Climate Limitations

While this doesn't apply to Texas, it is true that mini splits struggle to produce enough heat in very cold weather without a supplemental system. If you live in an area where temperatures routinely drop to -5 degrees, you might want to explore alternative heating sources, though these are still a great option for cooling.

The Importance of Consulting HVAC Professionals

No matter what choice seems best for your home, getting a professional to take a look before making a final decision is always best. HVAC professionals can perform load calculations to determine if mini splits will work in your home or determine what size central air conditioner you need.

Plus, while assessing your home, you can get an estimate for the work that includes the price of the new unit. Since you'll need an installer to handle the process, it's a good idea to work with one from the start of the project.

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