Mini-split systems can help save energy

Using a Mini Split for an Add-On to Your House

Adding on to your Erie home takes a bit of planning and a lot of decisions. Figuring out how to heat and cool your new area shouldn’t add on to your to-do list. A mini-split system from Patterson & Stirling Inc could be a simple way to keep your new room comfy without adding things to your list of decisions or your budget.

A mini-split system consists of two main parts: a blower unit installed inside the area on an exterior wall and a condensing unit that is placed on the ground outside, similar to what you’d expect for a typical central air conditioner. The difference is that it doesn’t need ductwork to get the job done!

Mini-split systems are small and offer a lot of opportunities for zoning—models can heat and cool up to four different zones, all with separate thermostats. This gives you the money-saving flexibility to heat or cool only the spaces that you’ll be utilizing, so you won’t waste energy.

There’s no doubt that you’ll be done with construction in your home once your project is completed. The good news is that installing a mini-split system is not invasive. The connection between the outdoor and indoor units usually needs about a three-inch hole through a wall. This is good news in terms of not needing additional construction and in terms of safety—through-the-wall or window AC units both give an opening for intruders. A mini-split system doesn’t jeopardize your home’s safety like that. They also allow for flexibility in how your area is designed because compact indoor air handlers can be added on a wall or from the ceiling, or even flush-mounted put on a drop ceiling.

When you’re looking for the best way to heat and cool an addition to your home, call Patterson & Stirling Inc at 814-833-5558 and we’ll help you go through all your possibilities. You can even conveniently schedule an appointment with us using our online scheduler.