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The main advantages of mini splits are their small size and flexibility for zoning or heating and cooling individual rooms. Many models can have as many as four indoor air handling units (for four zones or rooms) connected to one outdoor unit. The number depends on how much heating or cooling is required for the building or each zone (which in turn is affected by how well the building is insulated). Since each of the zones will have it's own thermostat, you only need to condition that place when someone is there. This will save energy and money.

 

 

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What Are Mini Splits?

Ductless, mini split-system air-conditioners (mini splits) have numerous potential applications in residential, commercial, and institutional buildings. The most common applications are in multifamily housing or as retrofit add-ons to houses with "non-ducted" heating systems, such as hydronic (hot water heat), radiant panels, and space heaters (wood, kerosene, propane). They can also be a good choice for room additions and small apartments, where extending or installing distribution ductwork (for a central air-conditioner or heating systems) is not feasible. Like central systems, mini splits have two main components: an outdoor compressor/condenser, and an indoor air-handling unit. A conduit, which houses the power cable, refrigerant tubing, suction tubing, and a condensate drain, links the outdoor and indoor units.

How An Air Conditioner Works

An air conditioner is a device which cools the indoor air by removing heat and sending it outside. The result is indoor space that has less heat making it cooler for everyone, including pets. Air conditioners can cool a room, a house, or a whole business.

Air conditioners contain chemical fluid called a refrigerant which can change from a gas to a liquid and back to a gas again. A refrigerant called Freon is normally used in air conditioners. This chemical is used to transfer heat from the air inside of a home to the outside air. Air conditioners have three important parts that include a compressor, a condenser, and an evaporator. The compressor and condenser are normally located on the outside part of the air conditioner while the evaporator is located on the inside. Motorized fans help to circulate the conditioned air, while thin metal fins allow heat to disperse rapidly.

The chemical fluid comes to the compressor as a cool low-pressure gas. The compressor jams the fluid so that molecules are pressed close together which causes the temperature and energy to increase. When the fluid leaves the compressor, it is a hot high pressure gas. This gas then flows into the condenser. The gas is cooled in the condenser. When it leaves the condenser, it is much cooler and is now in form of a liquid. The liquid goes into the evaporator. The liquid's pressure drops and it starts to dissolve into a gas.

In the evaporator, the liquid changes to gas and evaporates, removing heat from the air because the heat from the air is required to change the fluid into a gas. By the time the fluid leaves the evaporator, it is a cool low pressure gas. It then returns to the compressor to restart the process. A fan is attached to the evaporator which circulates the air inside the house to blow across the evaporator fins. Because hot air is lighter than cold air, it rises to the top. There is a vent that the hot air is drawn into the air conditioner and then travels down its ducts. It is the evaporation process that draws heat out of the surrounding room. The hot air cools the gas in the evaporator. As the heat is removed from the air, the air is cooled. It is then blown into the house through other ducts. The process is repeated until the room reaches the desired cooler temperature. The temperature is set using thermostat. When it reaches the set temperature, the air conditioner turns off. When the room starts to warm up again, the air conditioner turns back on and the process begins again.

Many people feel that air conditioners can drastically raise the electric bill. However, there are energy saving methods one can employ such as keeping windows and doors closed and keeping the shades drawn shut. This will help reduce any extra heat being added to the room.

During very hot days, air conditioners can be a life saver. The type of air conditioner one purchases will depend on what type of building it will be installed in and the size of the room or building.


 

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It's a given...every summer it gets hot. We all hope that it won't and every year, in spite of our fervent wishing, the temperatures skyrocket for a couple of months and keeping cool, especially if your home does not have central air, can be a major challenge.

If you are like most people you've probably tried the "install it yourself" air conditioners that sit precariously in your window, constantly threatening to tip backwards out and plummet to the ground below. Thankfully there is a better way to keep your home cool in the hotter months: ductless mini split air conditioner units.

What is a ductless mini split air conditioner? This is a type of air conditioning unit that works much like a portable air conditioning unit, the major difference being that these units are actually installed into the walls of your home.

They are the perfect choice for someone who is living in a house that does not have the necessary duct work or electric to install central air but who do not want to try to rely solely upon a window or portable air conditioning unit.

The air conditioning unit is usually installed above an existing window, which allows the proper piping and wiring to be installed. Homeowners love these units because they give them some control over the temperature of their homes without paying a ton of money in cooling costs.

Shinco is a company known all over the world for taking its customers needs to heart and they have truly outdone themselves with this new type of installed air conditioner. The Shinco ductless air conditioners are a great way to keep cool all summer long. They'll even help you heat your home in the winter for a fraction of the cost that your existing base board heaters will cost you.

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Mini Split Frequently Asked Questions

How do I choose a mini split air conditioner?

Like all air conditioners you need to know how many BTUs you need to cool the area you are trying to cool. You also need to consider the number of air handles that you need normally one air handler per room is what you would need but, if your home has open areas you may be able to cool multiple rooms.

There are many options for types of air vents that you can purchase some sit in the home and are mounted on the walls and some can be mounted in the ceiling. It is important that you talk to a person who is certified to install air conditioning about your options to help you decide which would meet your needs.
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What are the pros and cons of a mini split air conditioner?

Mini split air conditioners is a cost effective choice to center air conditioning. They are typically more expensive than wall or window air conditioners and you need an HVAC professional to install the unit. Since the compressor sits outside they mini split air conditioners are very quiet and efficient.


How do I install a mini split air conditioner, why do I need a HVAC Professional?

Install a mini split air conditioner is more complicated that a window unit but far less complicated than installing central air. A professional will need to run lines for the coolant, electricity, and drainage.

How big will the hole be in my wall?

This slightly varies depending on the unit you buy but, it is generally 2-3/4" to 3" in diameter.
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Do I need to purchase tubing?

No, all of our units come with install kits.

Do some mini split air conditioners have heat?

Some through the mini split air conditioners have electric heat strips and a few have heat pumps for more information on the heating options go here.
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What is dual zone and triple zone?

Dual zone means that there are two air handlers and triple zone means there are three air handlers. It is best to get an air handler for each room you are trying to cool but, if you are trying to cool open areas that consist of more than one room you may be able to use one air handler just make sure the BTUs are enough to cover the square foot area of all of the rooms.
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General Air Conditioner FAQs

What is the difference between manual and electronic controls?
Basically, this is as simple as a digital display for knobs. Keep in mind that you must have electronic (digital) controls to use a remote control.
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Could you explain the difference from between electric heat and a heat pump?
When a unit says that there is electric heat there is a heat strip in the unit that uses the fan to distribute the heat. Electric heat is meant to subsidies an existing heat source.

A heat pump function is similar to an air conditioner however instead of cooling the air like it would in the summer it heats the air and redistributes it into the room. It often will not work when it is colder than 40 (except some PTAC units) degrees outside but, most unit have electric heat backup. If heat is very important to you a PTAC unit could be your best choice. Please look at the air conditioner description or call an air conditioning expert.
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What does Energy Star mean?

Energy star is a government backed program that backs products that are extraordinarily energy efficient. Products that meet strict energy efficient requirements determined by the EPA and the US Department of Energy that do not compromise the performance and features of a product receive the Energy Star logo.
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What are EER and SEER Ratings?

The Energy Efficiently Rating (EER) is determined by The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration that equals the ration of cooling capacity in BTUs to the power input in watts. This rating determines the state of the air conditioner when it is up and running.
Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) is commonly used to measure central and ductless air conditioning. All air conditioners must have a SEER rating of at least 10 to be sold in the United States.
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What is a chassis and do I want one that slides out?

A chassis is the guts of an air conditioner. When the air conditioner is described as fixed that means that the chassis does not slide out. Air conditioners with slide out chassis are easier to repair especially if the air conditioner is a through the wall air conditioner.
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How do I determine the noise level?

All air conditioners will make some sort of noise however the air conditioners on the market have been engineered to be quieter than older units. Mini split air conditioners are the most quiet since the compressor sits outside.


What are air flow and output options?

This determines how you can move the vents to determine where the air flows in your room. Air deflection means that you can move the vents to the side and up and down manually. Air swing means that the vents move electronically?


What are fan settings?

Air conditioners come with many levels of setting some just come with two settings (on and off) or with more like low, medium, and high.


How do I determine my plug type or how many volts I need?


Your plug type will let you know how many volts you need. You can look here to compare your outlet to see how many volts you need and also what type of plug your air conditioner requires.

 
 
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