Using a Mini Split for an Add-On to Your House06/29/2017Adding on to your Portland Metro home takes a great deal of planning and a lot of decisions. Determining how to heat and cool your new space shouldn’t add more to your to-do list. A mini-split system from Central Air Inc could be a simple way to keep your new room comfy without adding much to your list of decisions or your cost. A mini-split system is composed of two main parts: a blower unit installed inside the area on an exterior wall and a condensing unit that is housed on the ground outside, similar to what you’d expect for a standard central air conditioner. The difference is that it doesn’t have to have ductwork to accomplish the mission! Mini-split systems are small and provide you 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 rooms that you’ll be in, so you won’t waste energy. Without a doubt you’ll be done with construction in your home once your project is done. The good news is that installing a mini-split system is not invasive. The connection between the outdoor and indoor units typically means about a three-inch hole through a wall. This is good news in terms of not needing more construction and in terms of safety—through-the-wall or window AC units both offer an opening for intruders. A mini-split system won’t jeopardize your home’s safety like that. They also permit you to have flexibility in how your area is designed because compact indoor air handlers can be placed on a wall or from the ceiling, or even flush-mounted hooked on a drop ceiling. When you’re searching for the best way to heat and cool an addition to your home, call Central Air Inc at 503-656-1908 and we’ll help you go through all your options. You can even conveniently schedule an appointment with us using our online scheduler.