What Size Mini-Split System do I Need?

July 21, 2017

Whether you have an add on to your home that seems to be a little warmer than the rest of the house or you’re simply searching for an efficient way to improve your home’s comfort, a mini-split system may be the choice.

What’s a mini-split system?
A mini-split system is a ductless form of heating and cooling that focuses on specific rooms and spaces, not an entire home or building. Mini-split systems are more adaptable and energy efficient than common central air systems and are easier to install as there is no ductwork needed. They pump air right to wall or ceiling mounted air handling units that have individual wireless electronic temperature control systems.

Mini-split systems aren’t just one size, nor are they all made equally, or for the same size room. Comparable to normal air conditioners and furnaces, a mini-split system should be sized to fit the area that it will be heating and cooling. Doing so could mean more efficient production for you, which might also translate to savings on your monthly energy costs as well. They’re typically used for:

  • Hot and/or cold rooms
  • Additions/renovations
  • Enclosed patios
  • Homes without room for ductwork
  • Large, multi-zone living spaces

Your local experts at Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning are knowledgeable in mini-split system calculations and can provide you with specific products based on the size of space that you want to heat and cool.

A quick primer
A mini-split system operates by using a process that only produces the amount of hot or cold air needed to reach or maintain the temperature you have set. That being said, a appropriately sized system is still important to reap all of the efficiency benefits possible.

Mini-split system sizing
When it comes to sizing a mini-split system, our team recommends the best option for you as we do with all of our heating and cooling equipment. We work directly with you to decide your needs and get the size of the room the system will be heating and cooling. A mini-split system that is too small will end up operating more often, meaning you’re wasting energy constantly. However, if your system is too large, you’ll likely be spending more on the system and run the risk of having your mini-split system flipping on and off constantly.

So, what does Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning do to help you select the right size mini-split system?

Among other things, our team of professionals gathers:

  • Room size (length, width, height)
  • Age of your home
  • Insulation levels
  • Albany weather patterns
  • Type and number of windows

If you’re considering a mini-split system for your Albany home, the professionals at Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning are able to help you each step of the way. Give our team a call at or request an appointment with us online.

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