Return to the Heating & Air Conditioning Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Mini splits AC only or Heating too?

Posted by ansan (My Page) on
Fri, Mar 29, 13 at 21:20

We have no central air and the summers are brutal. We can't find a window unit capable of cooling the entire first floor which is an open layout; so we decided to install a mini-slip air conditioner of 24,000 btu to solve the issue. Our bedrooms upstairs have window ACs. When consulting with the technician he suggested I install a mini slip that also offers heating. We do have central heating, so I don't understand what the benefit would be to have an additional heating unit just for the first floor. Can anyone advice or offer some insights? Should I spend the extra money to include heating as well? Will it save me any money or provide any extra comfort? Thanks!!!

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Mini splits AC only or Heating too?

Depends on several factors. Design of home, size, location

How do you heat now? Forced air or boiler? Ductwork system in place or none? What is fuel source? If straight electric resistance, propane, or fuel oil, then there may be some operating cost advantage to a HP mini split.

Article link below.


Here is a link that might be useful: Ductless Mini Splits

RE: Mini splits AC only or Heating too?

The extra cost for heating was very little on our installation so we added it even though we have in-floor radiant heating. It has come in useful a couple of times when a part on our heating system malfunctioned. It has given us breathing room to make repairs during the daytime when something malfunctions at night (which always seems to be the case).

RE: Mini splits AC only or Heating too?

The questions from tigerdunes are important to answer. The cost of adding heat might be small, but it does add some mechanical complexity. Reversal valves in heat pumps have been known to fail.

I have another question about your heat. Is it zoned? If not, you can heat just the downstairs. That said, heating just the downstairs tends to be difficult since hot air rises.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Heating & Air Conditioning Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here