Mini-split heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) systems eliminate the need for ductwork. If there’s room or space in your home that’s not connected to the ductwork, you may want to install a mini-split HVAC system in it. Using this ductless HVAC system, you can control the temperature of the room or space. Before investing in a mini-split HVAC system you might be wondering whether it can heat your home.
All Mini-Split HVAC Systems Provide Cooling
Regardless of the features or capacity, all mini-split HVAC systems provide cooling. They work like small AC systems. Mini-split HVAC systems feature many of the same parts as AC systems, including coils and a compressor.
You can use a mini-split HVAC system to cool your home. When turned on, refrigerant running through the mini-split HVAC system will absorb heat from the inside of your home. It will then carry this heat to the outdoor coil where the thermal energy is released.
Some Mini-Split HVAC Systems Provide Heating
There are some mini-split HVAC systems that provide heating as well. They work like small heat pumps. They can cool your home by transferring heat to the outdoor coil. This is the same way in which AC systems create cool air. But only heat pumps are able to reverse the flow of refrigerant while subsequently creating warm air.
If a mini-split HVAC system provides heating, it will work like a heat pump. Heat pumps are complete HVAC systems that can cool and warm indoor spaces. They can cool indoor spaces by transferring heat from the indoor coil to the outdoor coil. And they can warm indoor spaces by reversing the flow of refrigerant and, thus, transferring heat from the outdoor coil to the indoor coil.
Not all mini-split HVAC systems, however, provide heating. Many of them work like small AC systems while only providing cooling. Nonetheless, heat pump-style mini-split systems are becoming more common.
Keep in mind that the heating performance of a mini-split HVAC system is heavily dependent upon the outdoor temperature. If it’s too cold outside, it may fail to produce warm air. Heat pumps, including heat pump-style mini-split systems, work best in mild climates.
There are mini-split HVAC systems that only provide cooling, and there are others that provide both cooling and heating. The latter works like a small heat pump. They can change the direction of the refrigerant to create cool air or warm air for your home’s interior.
If you are experiencing a problem with your air conditioning or heating call us at 512-336-1431 to schedule an appointment. We’ll be glad to come out and take a look at the issue.
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