Even though central HVAC systems are still quite popular in the Houston area, many people are now taking a closer look at mini-split air conditioning systems. One of those systems could provide you and your family with a wide array of benefits, and you might notice an immediate drop in your home’s energy consumption. Whether you are exploring your AC options on a new home build or are tired of high energy bills because of your central air system, our team at Texas Pride would love to help.
Your new ductless air conditioning system could be installed and cooling you down before you know it, and your family is going to notice the many benefits almost immediately.
An Overview of Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioners
With a traditional central air system, an outdoor condenser pulls in hot air, cools it, and then pushes it out through the ducts. Those ducts are a series of channels that generally lead to vents in every single room in a home, and that means the entire house should be kept at a consistent temperature. While that type of system can be useful in some situations, it is important to note that you will continue to cool rooms that aren’t being used. Cleaning and maintaining those systems can also be prohibitively expensive for some homeowners.
With a mini-split air conditioner, you will have a single outdoor unit that supplies power and refrigerant to one or more indoor air-handling units. Those units can be placed strategically throughout the home, and they are each controlled individually. Instead of trying to keep the entire house at a stable temperature, you will be able to set the temperature in each individual room. Some of the key benefits of a mini-split air conditioner include:
- Quick installation
- Less maintenance
- Quieter operation
- Control over multiple temperature zones
- Greater energy efficiency than central air systems
Planning Your Layout
When you first meet with one of our team members, we can go over all of your installation options so that you know exactly what you are going to get. The two biggest factors that you will need to think about are the placement of the outdoor condenser/compressor and the location of the indoor air-handling units. As a general rule, the indoor units should be placed in the rooms that you and your family members regularly use. Most families prefer to have an air-handling unit in each bedroom as well as the main living area. For the outdoor condenser, it is typically suggested that the unit is installed on the side of the house in a shaded area.
The Installation Process
Each installation is slightly different, but this entire process can usually be completed in a single day. Our team will begin by mounting brackets inside each room where the air-handler units will go. A hole will then be bored in each wall next to all of the brackets so the refrigerant and power lines can be run to the condenser. After the indoor units are up and wired, we can then begin the process of installing and attaching the condenser to the rest of the system. In most cases, the wires and hoses can all be tucked away so that they are very inconspicuous, and they generally look like nothing more than small lines attached to your home. When the condenser is attached to the air-handler units and all the openings have been sealed, the system is ready to be used.
Testing and Maintenance
Using these systems is incredibly easy, and you should be able to learn all of the basic functions in a matter of minutes. Most air-handler units are controlled by individual remotes that are placed in each room, but some also utilize wireless apps so that you can control them with your phone or tablet. Once your system is up and running, regular maintenance is going to be very easy. All you will need to do is regularly change the air filters, inspect the system once every few weeks, and schedule biannual service calls.
Rely on Your Local Experts
Our team here at Texas Pride handles the complete spectrum of residential and commercial heating, cooling, and indoor air quality services, including equipment installation, repair, and maintenance. We’d love to help you and your family get through the sweltering summer months in the Houston area with an advanced mini-split air conditioner. If you’d like to learn more about how these systems work and what kind of benefits you can expect, please contact us today to speak with one of our knowledgeable representatives.