The Future of the Low Carbon Lifestyle — Part 2: Mini Split Heat Pumps
In part one of our three part series on the low carbon lifestyle, we discussed the interconnectivity of your home as a system, and how each part of your home from your attic to your basement impacts your overall home comfort and energy efficiency. In part two, we will discuss low carbon options for your home heating and cooling equipment, and the rise in popularity of the mini-split heat pump.
Part 3: The Future of the Low Carbon Lifestyle — Solar Panels + Battery Storage (coming soon!)
More efficient heating & cooling equipment + Better home performance = Less home energy use
Less home energy use = A reduced carbon footprint
Once you’ve done the work to make sure your home performance is as tight possible, it is time to start updating or supplementing your current systems with more efficient heating and cooling equipment. This is where mini split heat pumps come into play.
Mini Split Heat Pumps
A mini split heat pump, or a ductless mini split, is an energy efficient and versatile way to supplement your central air conditioner and furnace. A mini split is made up of two parts: an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor air handling unit, connected via refrigerant lines. Mini split heat pumps can be installed in just one part of the house, or one outdoor compressor can be combined with multiple indoor units for a whole home solution.
The upfront cost of a heat pump can be more than a traditional air conditioner, but the benefits far outweigh the initial price.
What Makes a Mini Split Worth It?
The first benefit to using a mini split heat pump is the year round versatility. Mini split heat pumps provide heat in the winter and cold air on the summer. So instead of using two systems based on the season, you have one piece of equipment to deal with no matter the temperature outside.
Mini split heat pumps are also referred to as “ductless mini splits” because they do away with the leaky ductwork of central air systems. Those leaks may seem small, but they can account for a 30% loss in energy! The two parts of a mini split heat pump are connected by air-tight refrigerant line, which eliminates any potential energy loss.
Total Comfort Control
Mini split heat pumps are installed directly in the rooms they condition. This puts the temperature control of each room directly in your hands. No more turning the thermostat up in the kitchen so that that bonus room can warm up! Easy to use remote controls provide complete control over your home comfort.
Where to Install a Mini Split Heat Pump
We have seen mini splits installed successfully in a number of places in the home, like:
Recent home additions
Bonus rooms (traditionally over the garage)
Guest houses & pool rooms
Depending on the state of your current heating and cooling equipment, multiple mini split heat pumps can be used, separating your home into zones for even greater control over your home comfort.
Part 1 and Part 2 of this series focus on using less energy at home, reducing the carbon your home is responsible for. Once your home is using as little energy as possible, how else can you reduce your carbon footprint? By using renewable energy to run your energy efficient home! In part 3, the experts at California Energy Services will talk you through your options for clean, renewable energy here in El Dorado Hills and the East Bay, CA.