Mini-Split Installation & Repair Services
Ever wish you could set each room in your house to a different temperature? Well, now you can. With a mini-split heat pump installation, you can simultaneously distribute warm and cool air. These mini-split systems are easy to install and operate, which makes them a trusted solution for homeowners and business owners alike. With the flip of a switch, you can help everyone in your house feel at home.
When it’s time to repair your current mini-split system or install a new one, call the licensed technicians at Fenwick Home Services. Our team offers the reliable mini-split repair and installation services you need at the price you want. With over 50 years of industry experience in the Jacksonville area, you can trust us to do the job right the first time. We offer installation and repair services in areas of Florida such as Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra Beach, St. Augustine, and Orange Park. Contact Fenwick Home Services at (904) 217-5694 for immediate mini-split system installation or repair services.
What Is an A/C Mini-Split?
What It Is
A mini-split is a ductless air conditioner that heats and cools small spaces via zone control. By providing both warm and cool air, mini-splits allow you to avoid investing in separate A/C and furnace units. You also don’t have to install air ducts throughout your home, as mini-splits can easily be installed in the locations you need them in.
How It Works
Much like traditional A/C systems, mini-splits cool your home by moving indoor heat outside. Unlike traditional A/C systems, mini-splits can blow cool air from up to six separate air handlers.
How a Mini-Split System Operates
There are two main categories of mini-split heat pump systems and various subtypes. Let’s review these two types first.
Single Zone Mini-Split
Single-zone mini-split systems are installed close to the ceiling. An advantage of performing a single-zone mini-split installation is that you will be able to control the temperature of a single area with one indoor and outdoor unit.
Consisting of up to five units for an individual condenser, each system in the standard multi-zone mini-split functions independently.
Now, let’s discuss each mini-split subtype:
Location: Installed on walls, higher than eye-level
Due to their versatility and affordability, wall-mount mini-splits are an increasingly popular solution.
Location: Installed on walls, near the baseboards
Perfect for homeowners who lack eye-level wall space due to windows and doors.
Ceiling Cassette Units
Location: Installed on room ceilings
Keep your heating and cooling system out of sight with a unit that provides evenly dispersed airflow.
Concealed Duct Units
Location: Installed on room ceilings, connected to ducts
Temperature controls one big room or several individual spaces with a system that connects to air vents.
For installation, be sure to contact a licensed professional to ensure your system is installed correctly.
Benefits of Mini-Split Systems
On the fence about mini-split heat pump installation? Now that you know what a mini-split is and how it works, you might still be wondering why it’s worth installing one in your home. Some well-known benefits include affordability, flexible placement, and compact design. You won’t regret installing these innovative systems throughout your space. Take a look at the top benefits mini-split systems offer for residential heating and cooling.
Government-supported research suggests that homes with forced-air heating and cooling systems lose 20 to 30 percent of the total air produced because of ductwork. Since each mini-split system produces warm and cool air at its source, less air is lost in the circulation process. This makes mini-splits more energy-efficient than traditional A/C systems or central air conditioners. A benefit of hiring a licensed technician to perform a mini-split system installation includes saving money on your utility bills while being able to customize the temperature in individual rooms in your living space. Ductless units with inverter compressors combine to minimize energy loss and reduce overall energy consumption.
Improved Air Quality
A central HVAC system contains one air filter in a single indoor location. This filter can quickly become clogged with dust and debris and require a replacement, and professional duct cleaning services can interrupt your day. Mini-split systems contain individual air filters at each unit for easy replacement. We recommend replacing the air filters every one to three months.
Maximum Cost Savings
When your home is equipped with a mini-split system, you don’t have to worry about paying a high price tag for home heating and cooling. A mini-split can get the same job done as a traditional furnace or A/C system with four times the efficiency. Although mini-splits cost more upfront, the long-term energy savings they offer are well worth the initial investment.
Mini-splits have a special mode called “reheat dehumidification.” When you set your mini-split to this mode, there’s no need to turn the air on to remove humidity. These versatile HVAC systems maintain your desired temperature while removing humidity from the air.
Excellent for Unique Requirements
Preserve historic homes with ease! A single compressor manages temperatures for several rooms without compromising the home’s character.
Various Air Handlers
Mix and match units that blend with your home and meet the needs of your family.
Customize the Temperatures in Each Room
With mini-split systems installed throughout your home, there’s no such thing as too hot or too cold. Simply adjust that room’s thermostat to a comfortable climate.
How Mini-Splits Compare to Central A/C
Mini-Splits vs. Central A/C
✓ Better control over the temperature of individual zones
✓ Less energy loss
✓ Can heat your home up to four times more efficiently than a furnace or baseboard heater
✓ Can dehumidify your home without cooling it
✓ Delivers cleaner indoor air
|Central A/C Advantages:
✓ Lower upfront cost
✓ Less electrical work required
✓ Less obtrusive aesthetic
Components of a Mini-Split System
Typically, each system is composed of two parts: an indoor evaporator unit and an outdoor condensing unit.
Outside Compressor System
Located outside your home, this rectangular-shaped unit expels heat from refrigerants.
This component creates liquid from highly pressurized gas and delivers coolant to each indoor system.
A series of loops that absorb heat from the outside air and produce cool refrigerant.
An element ensuring the condenser coils don’t overheat.
This device is where pressurized liquid freon is cooled again before flowing to the evaporator units.
Indoor Evaporator Unit
An indoor evaporator unit connects with the outdoor condenser unit to release air. This system can work with different indoor units or can monitor the climate of an individual space.
When refrigerant flows through the loops of an evaporator and absorbs the warm room air, the coolant becomes gas and flows outdoors.
Extremely quiet, this element gathers warm air and distributes cool air into the area.
In order to effectively eliminate airborne particles, allergens, and dust, cool air is filtered before entering your living area.
Jacksonville’s Trusted Name in Mini-Split Repairs & Installations
When it comes to choosing the right HVAC contractor, you need people you can trust. As a family-owned and operated company since 1969, Fenwick is committed to keeping your home comfortable and your family safe. Don’t wait to get the mini-split repair and installation services you need. Schedule now to get started.
Updates to the Regional HVAC Equipment Efficiency and Testing Standards
Effective January 1, 2023, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will update its efficiency and testing standards for residential and commercial HVAC equipment. All regulatory changes will differ by product type and region. Since the updated standards will result in price increases across all HVAC contractors, now is the time to buy the equipment you need for your home or business.
The minimum efficiency standards for residential and commercial air conditioners and heat pumps manufactured after January 1, 2023, will increase. This change will increase production efficiency and national energy savings while decreasing national energy consumption.
Northern U.S. & Canada
All split-system air conditioners, split-system heat pumps, and packaged units manufactured after January 1, 2023, must meet the updated standards. However, split-system air conditioners, split-system heat pumps, and packaged units manufactured before January 1, 2023, can be installed indefinitely. The efficiency rating for air conditioners will increase from 13 SEER to 15 SEER in these regions.
Split-system air conditioners manufactured before January 1, 2023, can’t be installed once the updated standards take effect. All installations of products that don’t meet the new standards must be completed by December 31, 2022. However, split-system heat pumps, single-packaged air conditioners, and single-packaged heat pumps manufactured after January 1, 2023, can be installed indefinitely. The efficiency rating for air conditioners will increase from 14 SEER to 15 SEER in both the Southwest and Southeast regions.
In addition to higher minimum efficiency standards, the M1 testing procedures used for residential and 3 to 5-ton light commercial, single-phase equipment manufactured on or after January 1, 2023, will increase. This change will produce more accurate SEER, EER, and HSPF efficiency ratings. Manufacturers will be required to re-test equipment using the new M1 Standard requirements as well as publish equipment efficiency ratings using the new efficiency metrics of SEER2, EER2, and HSPF2.
If you need assistance installing or fixing a mini-split system, give our team a call by phone at (904) 217-5694 to book an appointment.