What is a Mini-Split Systems?
When considering the many options for heating and cooling, you should think about whether a mini-split system might be right for your comfort needs. Most people in the US are not yet familiar with this kind of system, but it is the dominant choice in the world market, which was first introduced about 30 years ago. A mini-split is an appealing alternative to a window or a through-the-wall unit, used to condition a specific space, or an alternative to central air conditioning. A mini-split system consists of an indoor unit that houses the blower, typically mounted 7.5-8.5 feet above the floor, which is piped to a condensing unit on the outside of the building. Configurations vary, allowing from one to eight indoor units per outdoor unit.
Mini-splits are much less obtrusive, quieter, and more energy efficient than a window or through-the-wall space heating and cooling option. Plus, they are vastly more energy efficient than central systems. Their energy efficiency ratings are significantly higher and, mini-splits eliminate duct loss, a severe energy liability for central systems. Mini-split systems come in a range of sizes and configurations.
Mini-splits can have three energy efficiency ratings, a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) and an EER (Energy Efficiency Rating) for the cooling function, and HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) for the heating function. Just like your miles per gallon ratio, the higher the rating, the less energy is consumed. By law, the SEER must be at least 13 and can go as high as 26, and the HSPF must be at least a 7.7 and can go as high as 10. We will present you with a range of system options so you can make an informed decision. Because of Central Texas’ extreme summer weather, which puts serious strain on your system and your energy bill, Texas AC Specialist recommends at least a SEER of 15, an EER of 12.5, and an HSPF of 8.5. There are usually incentives to help you achieve this standard. On a single zone system, we are usually able to install a minimum 20 SEER system.
Their are several options to consider when purchasing a Mini-Split system. Below is some information on brands we offer and their products.
Mitsubishi has 15 new Energy Star rated systems with dramatic increases all the way up to 26 SEER. And has nine new systems that qualify for a federal tax credit of up to $300.
Eco-comfort technology makes these systems smarter in how they use energy and minimizes their impact on the environment. Plus there are many advanced features like the i-see™ Sensor, that automatically detects room temperature differences and adjusts for greater comfort. Mitsubishi Electric’s advanced multi-stage filtration systems dramatically reduce allergens and help eliminate odors. And our indoor units operate with sound levels starting as low as 19dB(A). That sound is even quieter than a human whisper.
Unlike older, inefficient heat pumps, there is no cold air delivery with Mitsubishi Electric’s Cooling & Heating systems. Larger coils heat faster, and the Hot StartTMsystem doesn’t activate the fan until the desired temperature is reached so it never blows cold air. What’s more, select models use Hyper-Heating INVERTER (H2i®)technology that operates effectively down to -13º F. With this improvement these models give true year-round comfort from a single system. Even with this amazing cold weather performance, there are no energy consuming electric resistence heating elements to increase your utility bills.
FreeArt Cool™ Mini-Split
With contemporary styling, the indoor units of Art CoolTM one-to-one mini-split systems blend into any décor. Designed for duct-free installation and single-room use.
Available in 9,000 and 12,000 Btu/h capacities, Art Cool™ Gallery mini-split systems include one quiet, low-voltage heat pump outdoor unit and one indoor unit designed to display artwork or photography.
Art Cool™ Mirror mini-split systems featuring sleek, mirror-finished indoor units, and outdoor units with energy-efficient Inverter technology. Choose from models with capacities from 9,000 to 24,000 Btu/h.
An optional wired wall controller for Art Cool™ Mirror Inverter mini-split systems.