How Many Mini-Split Zones Do I Need?
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In your research on mini-split systems, you keep reading about zones. These may be referred to as single zone, but you’ve also heard of upwards of three and even four zones. If you’re considering a mini-split system for your own home, then you’re going to want to learn more about these zones and what they mean. In today’s post, we’ll discuss just that.
To simplify matters, mini-splits can be categorized as single-zone or multi-zone. With a single-zone solution, you use only one ductless mini-split system that has a unit for outdoors and one for indoors. The system is installed in one room of your home or office only. This room may have specific heating or cooling needs that are not currently being met. Since you have a single-zone mini-split, the other rooms in your home would not benefit from more regulated temperature control.
You can get that with a multi-zone ductless mini-split system. This features a compressor which attaches to however many indoor units you have. The fewest units you can buy for a multi-zone system is two, but some homeowners or business owners go with as many as five. To determine how many units you’d require for your multi-zone mini-split system, you’d have to count the rooms that need better heating or cooling. Each room is considered its own zone.
Let’s take a standard house as an example. It has a living room, a dining room, a kitchen, two bathrooms, three bedrooms, and a home office. You want better heating or cooling in the home office, the living room, and the bedrooms. That means you’d have to get a multi-zone mini-split system with five units.
While the compressor is always outside, these five units would be installed indoors in the various rooms of your home. Your installation options include a ceiling-cassette style, where the unit is set up in the ceiling so it’s less noticeable. You could also try getting the unit installed under the floor so it’s obstructed. Horizontal ducting is another such option, as is wall mounting.
Obviously, you have to anticipate that the more units you have as part of your ductless mini-split system, the more expensive system maintenance will be. Installation costs are also higher. However, if you have several rooms in your home or office that need better temperature control, a multi-zone mini-split system is ideal for you.
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Now that you understand more about single-zone and multi-zone ductless mini-split systems, you think you know which is the best option for your home or business. If you’re ready to get your mini-split system installed, reach out to us at PowerSave AC. Our ductless units are available in as few as one zone to as many as five zones that can heat or cool 2,000+ square feet.
You can contact us by phone at 855-539-7656 or send us an email on the contact form on our website. If you need better heating and cooling in your home or office, don’t delay. Call PowerSave AC Today!