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10 Things You Should Know About Your AC
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Everyone wants to get the best use out of their home. Perhaps you want to convert the unused space over your garage into a home office, man cave or hobby room. No matter what you have in mind, mini-splits can help you achieve ideal comfort in that room.
The history of mini-splits
At the end of World War II, Americans introduced ducted, central air conditioning systems and window units to Japan. These were not suitable because of limited interior space and close proximity of the buildings. With Japan’s densely populated urban areas, a more compact, noiseless A/C system was required. In addition, it had to be very efficient since the Japanese spend about five times as much for energy as we do in the United States.
Japan’s answer to these limitations is a split-type, ductless system which is quiet, powerful and space conscious. This form of air conditioning provides an energy efficient way to cool or heat a home one room at a time. Mitsubishi Electric began producing air conditioners in 1954, and in 1968, after much engineering and marketing research, it introduced the wall mounted, split-type ductless design known now as Mr. Slim.
The term “ductless” means simply that no duct work is involved. The system is comprised of two units – a lightweight, slim-line outdoor condenser and an indoor air handler. The condenser supplies freon to the air handler through lines which run through a 3″ opening in the wall and into the back of the unit. The air handler draws in air from the room through the grill at the top and disperses newly-cooled air back into the room through the bottom grill. Some models provide special filters which promote additional humidity control and filtration.
Mini-splits are perfect for spaces where duct work is impossible to install or noisy window units are not practical. As a general rule, one ton of A/C (12,000 BTU) can satisfy about 500 square feet of space.
Be in the zone
Zone control is one of the main benefits mini-splits offer. They are much more efficient than traditional HVAC systems and deliver ideal air quality while using only a small amount of energy. Mini-splits are up to 40% more efficient than standard window units. Why pay to heat and cool your entire home all year long when you live and play primarily in only one or two rooms?