Are Mini Splits Safe?
After your traditional HVAC system had yet another issue that necessitated a pricy repair, you’ve finally gotten fed up and are exploring other options.
You can’t believe that you have never looked into ductless mini split systems before, as they seem to be the solution to all your woes. However, you can’t help but wonder how safe a mini split is.
Ductless mini splits are regarded as quite safe and carry no more risk than your traditional HVAC systems like an air conditioner or furnace.
One risk that you may worry about is the unit overheating and possibly being very hot to the touch, enough to be injurious.
That won’t happen with a mini split system. Ductless mini splits feature two main components: the compressor, which goes outdoors, and the air-handling unit, which goes indoors.
Even if your mini split is blowing out warm air, the air-handling unit never gets so warm that you could get hurt if you happen to touch it.
Another risk is that of fumes. Oil-burning and gas-burning furnaces can release carbon monoxide into the air.
Usually, the furnace will include some sort of vent or pipe that redirects the CO, as carbon monoxide is absolutely a deadly gas.
What’s worse is that it’s odorless and colorless, making it easy to miss.
Well, ductless mini splits don’t run on oil, nor do they use any gas. Instead, refrigerant passes through the compressor and the air-handling unit via copper wires.
Thus, there’s no need to worry about fumes.
Okay, but what about contaminants? After all, ducted HVAC systems tend to release more air than you realize. This can introduce outdoor contaminants such as pollen, dust, and dirt into the air.
If you or another family member has asthma or an allergy, breathing in contaminated air does more than reduce your wellness and quality of life. It can lead to allergy or asthma attacks where you struggle to breathe.
A mini split system cuts out all the ductwork. The result is fewer air leaks and less outdoor air getting into your home.
The quality of the air you and your family breathe will be better.
As you can see then, no matter which way you slice it, a ductless mini split system is infinitely safer than the traditional HVAC you have in your home now.
Not only is it safer, but a mini split system is more energy-efficient. Mini splits work in zones, which are designated areas that need more warmth or cooling than other areas.
This prevents warm or hot air from needlessly blowing at the same intensity all over the house. You can even customize the temperature of each zone with an included remote and an adjustable thermostat.
If you’ve been contemplating a ductless mini split system, we hope today’s post is the impetus you need to move forward. At PowerSave AC, we specialize in all mini split types, from single-zone to multi-zone units. Give us a call today to discuss your heating and cooling needs!