As an Austin homeowner, you probably think of air conditioning as a traditional system that cools your entire home. Maybe you have some idea of what a mini-split system is, or none at all. Could this type of cooling system be right for you? Whether you’re building a new home or it’s time to replace your old cooling system, we’ll help clear up some of the confusion below.

Unlike traditional A/C systems that deliver cooled air through the duct work, mini-split systems have no ducts and are capable of cooling specific rooms or areas within your home. Essentially, it’s a more targeted way to cool only the areas you’re using rather than every room in the house, which results in increased comfort and lower energy bills.

Mini-split systems have indoor units that are attached to a wall or ceiling, along with an outdoor unit. Refrigerant lines pump cooled refrigerant through the system, so you enjoy comfortable spaces whether you only want to cool the living area, bedrooms, or a larger space. They’re also ideal for homes that have hot and cold “spots,” those that are undergoing renovations or having a room built on, or homes that don’t have sufficient space for duct work.

You can have multiple indoor air-handling units depending on your needs, and all connect to single outdoor unit. When compared to conventional or traditional air conditioners, mini-split systems are capable of lowering energy costs by as much as 30% according to ENERGY STAR. As with traditional systems, there are various options to choose from depending on the size of your home, its age and insulation levels, number of windows and other factors.

A mini-split system ultimately makes it possible for you to cool the areas or rooms in your home according to your needs, giving you complete control over how cool or warm it is in various spaces. Considering the energy savings and improved comfort, it’s a great option for any homeowner! To learn more about this innovative type of air conditioning system and how it could benefit you, contact the Austin HVAC contractors at Schneider Mechanical today.