A number of homeowners have preferred to purchase mini-split systems in the past one to five years over the alternatives.
These homeowners represent a large sample of buyers in the country, living in different climatic zones. A recent survey conducted by Emerson Climate Technologies contacted homeowners who have purchased mini-split systems. The survey has revealed three main reasons as to why people prefer mini-split systems and has also provided the researchers with a good understanding of how the product is being used across the United States. In this post, St. Louis HVAC experts discuss key findings of this study.
No existing ductwork
Some homes are not built with ductwork. A good ductwork system is mandatory for a conventional AC system to function well. The survey indicated that about 16% of the respondents chose mini-split systems because they did not have a central AC system. Considering the fact that mini-split systems do not require any ductwork, they became the preferred choice for about 40% of homeowners without a ductwork system. Mini-split systems are quieter than window AC’s and prove to be more efficient.
They were also the perfect choice for about 52% of the respondents who were looking for spot cooling in a room.
Perfect for renovations and add-on rooms
Building an add-on room in the past would mean adding extra load on the existing ductwork or replacing it to accommodate the new room. Mini-split systems help overcome this hassle! About 35% respondents with an existing central AC system opted for the mini-split system for renovated rooms and about 30% used the mini-split system for add-on rooms. Moreover the mini-split system helped 37% of homeowners having an already installed ductwork system save costs of adding ductwork in these new spaces.
The survey revealed another surprising bit of information. About 84% of the respondents already had an existing ductwork with a central AC unit. Out of these, about 39% of respondents installed the mini-split system to augment their existing window or packaged AC units for addressing inadequacies of poorly heated or cooled spaces.
Moreover, the survey also revealed that the most common rooms that had mini-split systems installed were the master bedrooms, the children’s room and the den or the living room. This showed that rooms like bedrooms often fall at the end of the long run of the ductwork. These rooms often do not receive enough airflow to either sufficiently cool or heat the room. Mostly, these issues were caused due to inaccurate sizing or zoning of the ductwork with respect to the AC unit. Mini-split systems were perfect for addressing this problem as well.
Mini-split systems are a very convenient and a number of homeowners are opting for them. However, it is imperative that these homeowners understand that inadequate heating or cooling should not always warrant the use of a mini-split system. They can be indicative of a deeper problem with the ductwork or the AC system itself. They should contact a trained, experienced and qualified St. Louis HVAC company to get to the root of the problem and get the existing system fixed!