MINI SPLIT INSTALLATION IN Palo Alto, CA
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Benefits of a Ductless Mini Split in Your Palo Alto Home
One of the most popular types of cooling systems used by Palo Altoans is the ductless mini split. Not only are they just as effective (and more efficient) than a central air conditioning system, but they do not require ductwork to function.
Plus, unlike an air conditioner, mini splits can actually heat your home too!
These systems can be used to cool and heat your home by utilizing a network of indoor units that connect together and pump warm or cool air throughout your property. There are many benefits to using a ductless mini split heating and cooling system in your home, especially if you don’t have access to ductwork for a traditional HVAC system.
These benefits include:
- Heating and cooling your home with one unit
- Small indoor footprint (mounts out of the way, high up on walls)
- High energy efficiency
- Does not require ductwork
- Individual zone control (if a space is not occupied, you can turn a zone off)
- No carbon monoxide or gas leak risks
- Does not directly use fossil fuels (unlike a gas furnace)
A standout benefit of ductless mini splits is their affordability compared to other air conditioners and furnaces. Even if you arrange multiple mini splits within different zones of your home, they are often thousands of dollars less expensive than traditional, ducted HVAC systems.
With the average annual temperature in Palo Alto being °F, mini split systems are excellent heating and cooling solutions for Palo Alto and surrounding area residents.
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Are Mini Split Systems Energy Efficient For Palo Alto Homes?
Yes! Ductless mini splits are energy efficient in Palo Alto. In fact, ductless mini splits are one of the most advanced HVAC systems in existence.
One of the main reasons for this is that they are able to provide powerful heating and cooling directly to the room with independent control that conventional air conditioners or furnaces simply can’t match.
When we say the mini split system provides heating and cooling "directly," we mean it literally.
The indoor components of mini split units are mounted in the room and pump out conditioned air directly into the space instead of traveling through ductwork (like other systems) where they will experience losses of efficiency. .
With the average annual temperature in Palo Alto being °F, that makes it the perfect climate for a ductless mini split.
Of the 28,050 in Palo Alto, and a large number of them use mini splits to keep their homes comfortable due to their versatility and affordability.
The average size of homes in Palo Alto is 2,393 square feet, and mini split systems are great solutions for heating and cooling homes of this size.
Because mini split systems are so inexpensive and require no ductwork, they’re great for creating "zone control" within certain areas like garages and basements, which is why some Palo Altoans use multiple mini splits to offer more control and comfort.
How Much Does Ductless Mini Split Installation Usually Cost in Palo Alto?
In Palo Alto, our average cost for ductless mini split installation is around $13,852. Despite the higher cost for a fresh install, a new mini split system will have better performance and efficiency, which means it’ll cost less to run on a daily basis.
However, your actual overall cost will vary depending on the following criteria.
Number of Zones
The most significant factor is cost; if you have 1 zone, you’ll pay for just one indoor unit, but for 3 zones, you’ll be paying for 3 indoor units.
Mini-split brand and model
All brands and models have different costs associated with them. However, units of the same size, capacity, and efficiency are generally cost within 10% of each other.
Efficiency and cooling capacity
Efficiency and cooling capacity is one of the largest factors in the cost of a ductless mini split. Intuitively, larger capacity units (used to heat and cool larger spaces) cost more. Similarly, units with better efficiencies (SEER and HSPF) have higher costs as well.
Length of refrigerant lines needed
Refrigerant lines connect your outdoor unit to the indoor unit mounted in the room of your house. If the units have to be spaced far apart, the length of the refrigerant lines will have to be greater and will add cost. However, refrigerant lines are not a giant impact on cost. With that being said, they’re not free either.
What Type of Mini Split is Best For Your Home?
When it comes to choosing a mini split, there are many factors Palo Altoans can use to determine which is right for them. The most important things to consider before purchasing a mini split are as follows:
Single-zone or Multi-Zone
The number of zones is akin to the number of rooms or areas in your home you want to cool and heat; if you’re going to cool/heat two rooms, you have two "zones"
Cooling and Heating Capacity
Cooling and heating capacity is measured in BTUs (British Thermal Units), and the larger the room, the larger capacity you will need
Brand and model
Top brands include LG, Pioneer, Blueridge, MRCOOL, Daikin, and Mitsubishi; almost every brand offers top-notch quality. Most homeowners make their brand and model decisions based on pricing, rebates, and reviews.
Mini-split efficiency is measured by two different numbers – SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) for cooling mode and HSPF (heating seasonal performance factor) for heating mode. Better efficiency will cost you more money upfront but save you money on your energy bills.
Should You Repair or Replace Your Ductless mini split?
Ductless mini split systems are great for heating and cooling small to medium size rooms. More often than not, these systems have excellent longevity and can last multiple years. However, even the best-crafted items will wear down with extended usage over time.
The problem is, the chances of an old ductless mini split requiring additional (costly) repairs are high, and could easily become more expensive than a completely new mini split system.
If you’ve noticed that your ductless mini split system is starting to show its age, it’s time to consider getting a new one installed.
If your ductless mini split is over 15 to 20 years old and is breaking down often, we recommend replacing it. The good news is most California residents get over twenty years of life out of their ductless mini splits, so once you have a new one installed you can look forward to not having to buy a new unit for years to come.
However, if your ductless mini split is relatively new and the repair costs are low, we recommend simply having it repaired.
Our Quality Ductless Mini Split Installation Services in Palo Alto
At Blue National HVAC, we provide expert installation services for ductless mini splits in Palo Alto. Our staff is highly trained in the process of installation and can help you determine which layout is best for your home.
The installation process may vary slightly depending on the type of ductless mini split system you have. But, each system requires a certain amount of preparation before any installation work can start.
Here are the steps our experienced HVAC technicians go through to install a ductless mini split in your home:
- Assist you with selecting the correct sized system as well as a well-performing brand and model
- Running power to the mini split unit; this includes drilling holes and connecting into the breaker box
- Creating and installing a level area outside for the outdoor condenser unit
- Pairing the remote thermostat controller
- Installation of the wall mounting bracket for the indoor unit
- Hole drilling and boring for the condensate line and refrigerant lines
- Running the refrigerant line and condensate line bundle through the hole
- Mounting the indoor evaporator unit to the wall, it snaps into the wall bracket
- Installing the outdoor condenser unit
- Connecting the refrigerant lines
- Covering the line set and sealing around the holes
As you can see, installing a ductless mini split is a complex process. Most Palo Alto homeowners would be scratching their heads without the help of an HVAC technician.
Why You Should Leave Mini Split Installation to a Professional
When it comes to installing a mini split in a Palo Alto home, there’s no question that it’s a highly delicate procedure. While the general idea seems simple enough, many factors come into play when installing this type of heating and cooling system.
It takes skill and training to conduct the installations properly, which is why most Palo Altoans hire HVAC professionals to ensure the job is done right.
Hiring the best HVAC company for ductless mini split installation in Palo Alto is crucial because they are responsible for the safety, quality, and efficiency of your new unit.
There's a lot that goes into making sure your new ductless mini split functions properly, from laying out the zone plan to connecting the refrigerant lines and all the zones properly. That's why a certified HVAC technician must complete mini split installations.
At Blue National HVAC, our HVAC technicians are skilled and knowledgeable experts in all types of mini split systems. And, since they’ve lived in the area most of their lives, they know exactly which types of ductless mini splits are suitable for Palo Alto. So give us a call today to schedule service, a tune-up, or an installation!