When Were Mini Splits Invented?

Today, you quite appreciate the amazing capabilities of a ductless mini split system. You love how you can cool the various zones in your home at different temperatures so all parts of the house feel cozy. You’re also greatly enjoying the lower energy bills every month. Plus, you feel good knowing that your heating and cooling system is better for the environment than traditional HVAC.

You’re interested in learning more about the esteemed history of ductless mini splits. How long has ductless heating and cooling been an option? Allow us to tell you the tale.

The History of Ductless Mini Splits

Air conditioning had already existed by the time ductless mini splits came into the picture. That had to be the case for a ductless system to improve upon ducted heating and cooling measures.

While the first form of air conditioning, as primitive as it was, is said to extend back to the days of the Ancient Egyptians, air conditioning that’s closer to how we know it came about in 1901, when the invention of electricity allowed Willis H. Carrier to make what became the first electrical air conditioner.

By the 1930s, ACs were in cars, and in the 1940s, window units existed. It’s not too long after that the ductless mini split came into being.

The first ductless mini split was created in 1959 by Mitsubishi, a Japanese manufacturer that still exists today and continues to be a leading mini split producer. To set the scene, the late 1950s were post-World War II. American troops had experienced firsthand how swelteringly hot it could get in Japan in the summer, and so they were looking for an adequate cooling solution.

Mitsubishi went through a lot of trial and error before creating the winning formula that is the ductless mini split system. Their early ACs were large, too large for homes in Japan, which are very close to one another. The units were also loud, which didn’t gel with the thin walls of Japanese homes.

By slimming down the cooling solution and ditching the ductwork, the ductless mini split system was born. In Japan, mini splits became very popular quickly. That was also the case in much of Europe. Yet the US held off on adopting mini split technology for quite a long time. It was only many decades later when the US came around on the wonders of a ductless mini split system.

The rest, as they say, is history. Today, the US is a major seller of ductless mini splits. Those who have tried them have realized the myriad of benefits of mini splits, many of which we mentioned earlier. To recap, mini splits are more energy-efficient than traditional HVAC, they use less electricity so your energy bill savings are higher, they make less noise, and they’re less bulky and obstructive.

If you’d like to own a piece of history with a ductless mini split system in your home, contact our team at PowerSave AC today! You can call us at 877-297-6594.