A ductless mini split is the most effective, comfortable, and cost-efficient way to air condition a split-level home. These homes are hard to cool because the design doesn’t allow for great airflow. These systems overcome that challenge by treating each part of the house separately.
Mini Splits have been becoming more and more popular in the United States over the past twenty years.
And, when it comes to older suburban homes in East Dundee, Barrington, IL, or any of the small towns across the Fox River Valley, it’s easy to see why.
On the one hand, split-levels offer more room than a ranch home. There’s a second floor and rooms over a garage or front with an overhang. But, the designs often result in hot spots in the summer.
Heat tends to collect in different parts of the house, particularly areas above garages.
That means even homes with central air never seem comfortable enough. With one thermostat controlling the entire house, you end up with some areas getting too much cooling and others not enough.
Meanwhile, many early suburban houses weren’t built with central air in mind. Back then, it was usually enough to open the windows and turn on ceiling fans.
But, summers have been getting hotter. So, over the years, more and more homeowners have on window units or other portable models.
These solutions work — to a point. They keep you cool, and you can put them in the problem rooms. That way, you get extra cooling where you need it.
But, they’re also loud, expensive to run, and in general, a pain to lug in and out of storage.
Fortunately, there’s a better solution out there now.
In this article, we’ll explain how ductless mini splits work. Then, you’ll see how these setups address the specific challenges of cooling a split-level and how they stack up against other solutions.
Finally, we’ll see some additional features and benefits of these systems.
A mini split gets its name because the system uses a combination of inside and outdoor components “split” in two. Inside, you have air handlers that draw in air, dehumidify it, and send the warmth to an outdoor heat pump. That component expels the heat so the cycle can start again.
Instead of ductwork, there’s just a narrow, flexible line containing refrigerant fluid flowing in a loop between the air handlers and heat pump.
You can cool an entire home with central air or a mini split. In terms of power, both can do the job — to a point anyway. Cost is a factor again, but not as much: Central air can cost up to $8,000, while whole-home ductless options usually run over $10,000.
However, there are many other factors to consider
First is that ductwork question again. If your home doesn’t have ducts, add a few thousand and a lot of hassle to the job for central air.
With ductless, we usually run those lines behind the wall just like an electrician does with electrical wires.
So, we can place those air handlers virtually anywhere without taking up space in the room — and adding new costs— by adding ducts.
Next is zoning — something central air doesn’t provide. With one thermostat controlling everything, keeping the entire home at the same temperature can be very difficult. .
WIth air handlers, you set each area just the way you want it.
These units even do a better job within each room. Special sensors locate hot spots, and small fans direct the treated air exactly where it’s needed.
For homes with uneven airflow, particularly split-levels, this is a game-changer.
Compass Heating and Air Conditioning is the industry leader when it comes to ductless installations in towns such as Barrington, Elgin, East Dundee, and many others in the Fox River Valley. We have an outstanding reputation with an A+ Better Business Bureau rating and plenty of five-star online reviews.
If you’re curious about how a ductless system will look and feel in your split-level home, call or email us today for a free consultation.