People updating their homes and replacing outdated HVAC systems are more frequently considering mini split heat pumps. This newer technology provides more flexibility and energy efficiency compared to many other options. Our Power Moves team has received four times as many mini and multi split system rebates this year compared to this time in 2019.
Meet mini and multi split systems
A mini split has an incredibly efficient outdoor compressor to ramp up and down to meet the heating or cooling needs of the space. They also have several ways to get the conditioned air throughout your home. The most common method is with a single indoor “head” without any ductwork. You can also have multiple “heads” connected to the same outdoor compressor, turning your mini split into a multi split system. The indoor heads can be mounted on the wall, ceiling, along the floor, or can be installed with ductwork to condition several rooms.
These mini split systems can be installed in almost any room due to the lack of ductwork needed. Each indoor unit can be independently controlled, making them ideal for apartments and offices.
Considerations for mini and multi splits
Mini and multi split systems are a great solution to heat and cool challenging spaces. Yet there may be some factors for homeowners to consider about these new options:
- Consider a heating and cooling contractor to install the new equipment. The system needs to be properly sized, which requires calculations that a contractor can help you with (more on that below). It can be easy to miscalculate if it is the first time you are doing these calculations yourself. Many contractors provide additional warranties for their work, which is another valuable consideration.
- A heat loss/heat gain calculation will help determine home and system needs. Because mini and multi split systems can heat and cool specific rooms, it is really important to know how much energy is needed. Your heating and cooling contractor should be able to provide the calculations, which will help determine proper system sizing.
- Your local electric co-op’s energy advisor can help! Co-op energy advisors frequently know local contractors and what types of equipment they install. They work closely with contractors to ensure the new equipment qualifies for Power Moves rebates.
Mini and multi split systems are an incredibly efficient, flexible way to heat and cool your home. By following this advice, you’re more likely to have a properly sized, efficient means of keeping your home comfortable on the hottest and coldest days of the year.