Lately, I\u2019ve received numerous phone calls from people asking for information on mini-split heating & cooling systems.\u00a0 Usually, their curiosity has been piqued because they\u2019ve talked to somebody who recently had a mini-split installed in their home or office and can\u2019t stop saying great things about them.I can relate because I installed two mini-splits in my own home a few years ago.\u00a0 Once my kids graduated from high school and went on to college, my wife and I decided to reclaim the finished basement and transform it into more of an adult space with a movie room and an entertainment area.\u00a0 The basement climate had never been very comfortable to me, but the kids never complained so I never addressed the issue.\u00a0 When my wife and I started using the space, we installed a mini-split in the movie room because adding additional vents would have taxed my existing system. What a difference it made to the overall comfort of the space! \u00a0Then, a year later, I decided to splurge and build myself a garage-ma-hal — the perfect retreat for a man who loves to tinker 365 days a year.Mini-splits were a perfect solution for both of my home projects. \u00a0\u201cWhat makes a mini-split so distinctive,\u201d you might ask?\u00a0 One word, well, actually two:\u00a0 \u201cduct-less\u201d.\u00a0 Mini-splits do not require duct work, making them an excellent solution when installing a venting system isn\u2019t feasible such as when retrofitting central air conditioning into an older home where opening up walls and ceilings is nearly impossible due to the materials and design of the building. \u00a0Although the mini-split\u2019s unique ductless feature is a BIG advantage over other types of HVAC equipment, take it from the Coop, mini-splits have other attractive benefits, as well, including:Mini-splits are a type of heat pump that function as both a heater and an AC unit.\u00a0 They expel heat from your home in the summer and transfer the outside heat into your home in cooler weather.\u00a0 Rather than generating heat, mini-splits move the heat; consequently, the air is conditioned far more efficiently and cost effectively than by a conventional heating and cooling system which uses far more electricity to generate a comfortable inside temperature.Most mini-split brands offer a variety of lengths of connecting conduits so the outdoor unit can be located as far away as 50 feet from the indoor evaporator unit.\u00a0 This allows for more flexibility in the placement of the equipment.The indoor unit is quiet since the compressor motor is located outside, just like the operation of a central air conditioning system. \u00a0It can be installed inconspicuously high up on a wall or mounted flush into a ceiling.\u00a0 Most models come with a remote control for convenient accessibility when positioned too high to reach easily.The design of the indoor unit is sleek and unobtrusive.\u00a0 Combine the attractive appearance of a mini-split with its quiet, efficient operation, and you\u2019ll agree it is far superior to a window or through-the\u2013wall ac unit.Do you live in a home that you\u2019ve been told can\u2019t possibly be centrally air conditioned because it\u2019s very old, stone clad, or has thick plaster walls?\u00a0 Is the bedroom over your garage always more uncomfortable than the rest of the house?\u00a0 Have you added an addition to your home which has overwhelmed the effective operation of your heating and cooling system?\u00a0 Do you have a guest room or other room that isn\u2019t used often and yet you\u2019re spending money heating and cooling it constantly?Take it from the Coop, if you\u2019ve answered \u201cyes\u201d to any of the above questions, you should look at installing a mini-split.\u00a0 It just might be the best solution for you, too!\u00a0 Call Cooper Mechanical at 610-228-4405 and we\u2019d be happy to set-up a free consultation to explore whether mini-splits would be a good solution for your home.