What are Mini-Splits and Should I Get One?

What are Mini-Splits and Should I Get One?

The use of mini-splits is gaining in popularity when it comes to heating and cooling your home. But what exactly are mini-splits, and how are they different from traditional central air? In this post, we’ll try to answer that question, and help you decide if it’s a good alternative for your home or business.


The term “mini-split” is exactly what the words mean: “Mini” because the individual units are smaller than a whole-home solution, and “split” because the functionality is “split” between heating and cooling. So the definition is simple, but designs can vary greatly.

Most modern mini-split systems contain a smaller heat pump with an inverter-driven variable-capacity compressor. Depending on the power you need, some mini-splits actually aren’t that small. For example, a mini-split for a warehouse could weigh up to 4 tons.


Mini-splits refer to the particular type of heat pump, and outdoor units can be connected to one or multiple indoor units. You may have heard the term “multi-split” when referencing an outdoor unit that powers multiple indoor units in a home or business. However, mini-splits are a broader term, so multi-splits are just one type of setup of a mini-split. Make sense yet?


One of the advantages of mini-splits is that they generally are ductless. That means there are no air ducts in your attic or basement bringing air from a central unit into your home. Instead, the warm or cool air is coming from a unit directly inside the room where it’s installed.


The new generation of mini-splits is inverter-driven. This gives them the ability to work hard to make drafty homes comfortable, but can also adjust to perform for well-insulated homes. The ability to change based on the seasons and home or business types makes them very efficient for all situations.


Mini-splits are a viable option for your home or business, whether you’re wanting an HVAC upgrade or are building from the ground up. The Bosworth Company in Kerrville is a proud dealer of Mitsubishi mini-splits and can help you find the unit and design that’s right for you. Make an appointment online, or call us today at (830) 428-2764. It’s Worth the Call. Always.