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Should I Choose A Mini-split Air Conditioner?

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With spring coming to the Seacoast region of New Hampshire and southern Maine, we’re getting closer to the time where we shut off our furnace or boiler and start thinking about keeping our home cool in the summer.

You may think your only options for cooling your home are central air conditioning and window units. But P. Gagnon & Son has a third option that may work best for your home: Mitsubishi ductless mini-splits!

What are mini-splits?

Ductless mini-splits have a fairly simple setup. The compressor unit is outdoors. The air handler, also known as the evaporator, is indoors and mounted to the wall. They are connected by the conduit, which holds the power and communication lines, tubing, and the condensate drain line.

Refrigerant is compressed in the compressor, then sent to the condenser, where it gives up its heat. The heat is dispersed out of the unit to the outdoors. The refrigerant, now a liquid, is sent through the conduit to the evaporator. It absorbs heat from the air blown over the evaporator coils. That cools the air, which is sent out into your home.

What makes mini-splits right for my home?

While central air conditioning is great, sometimes it’s not feasible. That’s especially true if you use a boiler for heating and don’t have ductwork, which is needed for central air conditioning. Installing ductwork can cost thousands of dollars on top of the cost of the central air conditioning. It is also a messy, dirty job as holes have to be cut into walls and ceilings all over your home.

Window AC units may be inexpensive, but they’re also inefficient. They block light and are unattractive both indoors and out. No matter how properly they’re installed, you’ll still have openings where pollen, bugs and dirt can get through.

Our Mitsubishi ductless mini-splits offer advantages over both central AC and window units.

Zoned cooling: Since the mini-split units operate independently, you can program the thermostats for even better efficiency. You can reduce the cooling in the bedrooms during the day while keeping the living areas cool, then reverse it at bedtime.

Simple installation: Installing mini-splits is less intrusive and takes less time than central air conditioning. They’re permanently in place so you don’t have to remove them in the fall as you do with window AC units.

Contact us to learn more about Mitsubishi ductless mini-splits!