Tired of your old non-ducted air conditioning system and ready to look into a mini-split AC for your home or office? Mini-split air conditioners are becoming more mainstream as folks look to retrofit their spaces with more efficient cooling systems and get rid of the old window or through-the-wall ACs. A mini-split AC cools much like a central air unit, but it doesn’t require your home to be ducted like a traditional HVAC system requires.
How Does a Mini-Split AC Work?
A mini-split AC has two main parts, including a compressor or condenser positioned outside and one or more air handlers installed inside. Whereas a traditional central air conditioning unit forces cool air through the ductwork in a home or office, a mini-split AC delivers cool air to the zones where air handlers are installed without the need for ductwork.
Benefits of Mini-Split ACs
Some reasons to take a second look at mini-split AC options:
- Mini-splits require very little to install. They just need access to electricity and the capability to mount the air handlers inside.
- This type of cooling system offers a cost-effective means for replacing inefficient units, reducing energy consumption.
- Most mini-split AC systems also have on-board heat pumps to handle comfort needs season after season.
- Tax credits may be available to mini-split purchasers at the local, state, and federal levels to offset the cost of this energy-efficient cooling and heating solution.
- Mini-splits tend to improve air quality wherever they’re installed due to multi-stage air filtration offered by the mini-split unit.
- This AC option is flexible enough to install nearly anywhere that purchasers need cooling capabilities.
How Much Does a Mini-Split System Cost?
The cost of a new mini-split AC system depends on the cooling capacity of the unit chosen, the number of air handlers desired for the system, the brand of the mini-split system selected, and even the air conditioning company that installs the system. Homeowners should be prepared to pay from $1,500 to $2,000 per cooling capacity ton (12,000 BTUs per hour), according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Ready to upgrade your home cooling system to this energy-efficient, eco-friendly, and customizable option? Trust Scott Hale for mini-split AC installation in Salt Lake City. Our locally owned and family-operated air conditioning company has three decades of HVAC experience!