A split air system is just what it sounds like â€“ a two-sided heating and air conditioning system comprised of two separate pieces of equipment that serve to heat (the â€œhot sideâ€) and cool (the â€œcold sideâ€) your home.
How do split air systems work?
- Split air systems consist of an air handler and air conditioner or heat pump connected by copper piping which transfers refrigerant between evaporator and condenser coils.
- The air handler consists of an evaporator coil, heat exchanger or auxiliary heat kit, along with various controls. It blows air throughout a house via the coil and ducts throughout the house.
- The air conditioner or heat pump contains a condenser coil, compressor and a variety of controls. The system cools or heats air depending upon the temperature selected on a homeâ€™s thermostat, which turns the system on when a change in room temperature is required.
What are some of the benefits of split air systems?
- Split air systems are both cost-effective and energy efficient. The systems only run when necessary (when the temperature drops below a certain number of degrees, for example). This, plus the fact the systems use smaller fan motors, mean split air systems use less energy, resulting in greater savings for you.
- Split air systems effectively cool and heat your home depending on the time of year and are highly effective at moderating your homeâ€™s temperature and comfort level.
- The systems are built to last. With the proper maintenance, a split air system can work at maximum efficiency for years â€“ sometimes even decades.