Mini-split AC units have grown in popularity in recent years due to their effectiveness and efficiency. The systems offer versatility in that they may be installed to cool specific areas indoors and create a zoned approach to comfort. Thus, owners have more control over each cooled space, which helps conserve energy and money in the long run. Many renowned companies carry HVAC products. However, Daikin, Fujitsu, Mitsubishi, and Panasonic are a few of the leading manufacturers of Mini-Split AC systems. Lesser-known competitors include Bosch, Gree, MrCOOL, and Pioneer.
When investigating a specific HVAC product company, we at Sano Heating & Air Conditioning advise that you consider a unit’s aesthetics, efficiency, functions, warranties, and other features before making a final decision. Also, if desiring a more economical mini-split unit, consider the options that smaller companies provide by comparing them with larger, well-known brands.
Mitsubishi Electric Mini-Split
For a number of reasons, this company remains one of the most popular in the U.S. in terms of HVAC systems. Mitsubishi offers mini-split system models that vary in size, which makes it easier for homeowners and business proprietors to find a unit that best suits their cooling needs. Products manufactured by the company are also known to be durable and reliable. Should something go awry, Mitsubishi offers a 12-year warranty on parts, which is considered rare in the industry. In terms of aesthetics, the slender units are typically available in black and silver wall-mounted versions that come in four sizes, but ceiling, floor, and other mounting configurations are also available. You may also be able to take advantage of Mitsubishi mini-split rebates.
Wall-mounted units come in sizes ranging from 6,000 to 36,000 BTU/h. All are ENERGY STAR-approved with a SEER rating ranging from 18.1 to 33.1. The mini-splits contain three-dimensional sensors that provide what Mitsubishi refers to as a dual-vane operation. As the sensor scans an area, the unit checks the temperature along with the presence and location of any occupants. When needed, air flows into the room directed at locations where the internal climate needs cooling the most. The unit’s internal air duct, coil, and fan feature extra barrier coatings, which are designed to maintain cleaner air and enhance overall unit efficiency. Each model also has a triple filtration system to help eliminate allergens. Users control the unit using a backlit handheld device.
Owners also have the advantage of using Mitsubishi’s Kumo Cloud app and smart features that allow for operating multiple units and zones via the user-friendly interface. However, there is one drawback. The app must be installed on the remote by a licensed Mitsubishi technician.
Daikin Mini Split
Daikin is another company known throughout the world for offering a wide range of products that include mini-split AC systems. Like Mitsubishi, Daikin’s numerous products are covered by an impressive 12-year warranty. Being a global company ensures that its AC systems are readily available and have the potential for rebates. Aesthetically, Daikin’s mini-split options are slightly wider compared to Mitsubishi’s models, but the company offers a variety of AC units in terms of styles and sizes. This makes customizing possible.
Single-splits offer silent operation and are composed of an indoor wall-mounted unit that connects with a larger outdoor unit. The multi-split option enables home and business owners to connect up to five wall-mounted units to a single outdoor unit. Multi-split systems connect using basic piping instead of traditional ductwork. A residence or business having interior rooms may also be cooled by choosing a free-standing floor model or various ceiling-mounted options.
One or more units are easily controlled independently from each other. For added efficiency and energy conservation, Daikin mini-splits use inverter compressor technology rather than non-inverter compressors. Once the unit turns on, an internal motor continually runs in order to maintain a constant temperature. Should the temperature rise above the desired setting, the motor rotates faster. As the room temperature begins returning to the desired setting, the motor slows.
Certain mini-split units offer dehumidifying/humidifying options that function regardless of temperature and without the use of a water tank. Consumers living in regions having more drastic seasons might also choose a unit featuring a heat pump for year-round climate control.
Panasonic Mini Split
Panasonic’s century-long presence makes it well-known in the electronics industry. Their mini-split AC systems offer state-of-the-art technology in a wide range of styles and sizes appropriate for home or business installation. However, the product warranty is limited to seven years.
Single-zone units are available as wall, ceiling, or concealed slim-duct styles with outputs ranging from 9,000 to 36,000 BTUs. Many units have ENERGY STAR ratings up to 23 SEER and have the option of heat-pump add-ons. Panasonic mini-split systems are operated using wired or wireless controllers and have optional Wi-Fi functionality. Multi-zone units feature individual components rated at 5,000 to 24,000 BTUs each. The systems come with outdoor components capable of managing two to five zones. Special units for large homes or business structures vary in size from 26,000 to 42,000 BTUs for indoor components and they have outdoor units of a similar magnitude.
Panasonic products feature nanoe™ X Technology, which refers to the patented system that provides air purification. Thus, these mini-split units emit cleaner, fresher air by inhibiting the presence of bacteria, mold, pollen, and viruses. Each outdoor component contains condensers having three layers of Blue Fin coating for rust-resistance.
Fujitsu Mini Split
Although perhaps lesser known, Fujitsu is also a company with a global presence. Single mini-split units consist of one indoor and one outdoor component connected by a simple piping system. The indoor components are available in a wide variety of styles and sizes that may be wall-, floor-, or ceiling-mounted. Multi-split systems link indoor units in multiple rooms with a single outdoor component via basic piping. Each system may be enhanced by adding automatically cleaning filters and ultimate air cleaning capability. All of Fujitsu’s options provide energy-saving efficiency. Wireless controlling units designed to regulate one or more units are available through the manufacturer.
Trust Us for All Your Heating and Cooling Needs
At Sano Heating & Air Conditioning in Anaheim, we provide our clients with highly-trained and experienced team members who excel in the services they perform. We are available throughout Orange County for installing, maintaining, and repairing mini-split and conventional cooling and heating systems in existing homes and offices. We also provide our services to new construction locations. In house, we carry a variety of HVAC products that include air conditioners, furnaces, heat pumps, packaged systems, and smart thermostats.
Clients having respiratory concerns contact us to diagnose possible indoor air quality problems. We are aware of these issues, and our product line also includes air purification and air scrubber systems, which are designed to work seamlessly with many different HVAC systems for optimal health benefits.
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