Bedroom Always Too Cold in the Winter and Too Hot in the Summer? A Mini Split Can Solve That Problem.
Second-floor rooms in Rochester, NY, are usually never quite as comfortable
as areas on the first floor. And, that often means trying to sleep in a bedroom that’s too cold in the winter and too warm in the summer.
Fortunately, today’s ductless mini splits
have the power
to zero in on one problem area in your home and make it more comfortable than ever. And, they can do it without raising your electric bill.
In this article, we’re looking at these heating and cooling solutions: How they work, how they stand out, and how they can even save you money. If you want to learn more, schedule a free consultation with Airquip. We’re happy to assess your home to help you find the system that’s perfect for you.
How Does a Ductless Mini Split Work?
Mini splits get their name because they work using indoor and outdoor components. Outside is the heat pump, which either provides heat in the winter or helps remove it from your home in the summer. We’ll explain the process
in more detail a little later.
Inside are the air handlers. The most popular types are wall-mounted units that we permanently install in the room. This component is responsible for circulating the air throughout the room. To connect the two, all we need is a small, simple line set. That’s a batch of lines that provide power, circulate a specialized refrigerant fluid, and get rid of condensation in the system. We run that through the wall, so it’s barely noticeable.
Four Benefits of a Ductless Mini Split for a Bedroom
Mini splits are beneficial for a bedroom that’s always too hot or cold because they:
Treat One Room at a Time
Have Whisper-Quiet Operation
Are Easy to Install
Let’s look closer at each of these.
Treat One Room at a Time
The big advantage here is that you don’t need to “fix” your heating and cooling throughout the house just to deal with an uncomfortable bedroom.
With ductless, you can install just one air handler to treat the room that needs it. Each handler has a thermostat built into it. So, it’s not really on a gauge from somewhere else in the house.
If you want your bedroom at 68 degrees, you set that air handler to 68 degrees. Then, it maintains that for you, regardless of what’s going on elsewhere in the house. They also have specialized fans that detect hot and cold spots in the room and direct the treated air toward those problem spots.
As a result, the room overall isn’t at the temperature you want. Instead, virtually every inch of your bedroom is at that exact temperature.
A big benefit for bedrooms is heating and cooling that feel but don’t hear. Air handlers are literally whisper-quiet. As in, they operate at 26 decibels or less
. That’s the same as leaves rustling outside or people whispering in a library. And, it’s soft enough that unless you’re standing right under it, in total silence, with the unit on full blast, you won’t hear a thing.
Say goodbye to hearing sudden wooshes of forced air blasting through your vents in the winter. Or, the constant roar of a window air conditioner in the summer. Instead, you get carefully-maintained climate control — without a peep.
Easy to Install
We mentioned before how all you need is a small line set to connect the indoor and outdoor components. That makes these systems a cinch to install. If you’re only treating one room, we can have it up and running in less than two days. And, you don’t need to worry about us knocking through walls or building out ductwork that takes up a lot of space.
Usually, it’s just a matter of mounting the air handler to an outside wall, then running the lines down the side. We can even use different-colored line sets, so it matches your home’s exterior. Meanwhile, the fans inside the handler give us a fantastic amount of flexibility when it comes to placing the indoor unit. Usually, we mount these high up on the wall, toward the ceiling. And, since these units can circulate the air so well, we can install the handler in the center of a room or tuck it away in a corner. That keeps then even further out of sight.
We’ll get into this a little more in the next section. But, the long and short of it is that these setups use far fewer resources
than traditional gas, oil or electric heating and cooling systems to do the job. In this case, you can compare the heat pump and air handler setup to baseboard heating. Both of these use electricity, and you can use either to treat just one room. But, ductless uses far less power to provide even better results.
Saving Money With a Ductless Mini Split
Even before you make the initial investment on a mini split, you may see some savings. And, you’ll certainly see it over time. Let’s start with those upfront savings.
We mentioned before how these setups use less energy than other resources while doing the job just as well — or better — than traditional heating and cooling systems. As a result, they’re certified as Energy Star appliances.
That means they meet specific federal regulations and qualifications, proving how much money and electricity they save. And, that designation can save you money before you even start using your new system. In Upstate New York, you can apply for rebates through Rochester Gas & Electric or your local municipal electric company. You can get anywhere from a hundred to around a thousand dollars back toward the cost of your new system.
You’re probably wondering how ductless is so energy efficient.
The Heat Transfer Process
Ductless mini splits use far less energy than traditional units because they transfer heat, or thermal energy, rather than creating it by burning fossil fuels.
In the winter, the heat pump draws what little thermal energy there is outside. Then, it amplifies that energy until it’s enough to keep your room warm. Then, it sends it inside to the air handler. You only need a small amount of power to run the heat pump. That’s unlike warming up coils with baseboards, or burning gas or oil. In the summer, the process is reversed to remove the heat from your home and transfer it outdoors.
If you want to learn more about how these systems work, or find out if one is right for your Rochester, NY home, give us a call. Starting with a free consultation, we’ll help you improve the comfort of your home.