Our minisplit kept us cool during the dogs days of summer this year, and without having our electrical bill going through the roof.
But the minisplit can do more! Because it’s an air-source heat pump, it also can heat the building during the cold season. And that was something I wanted to put to the test when it recently was really cold outside.
Like I mentioned in the video, I simplified my explanation about how the system works. If you would like to read a more comprehensive and accurate description, you can find it in a previous blog post with the title “Mini what?”
The morning after I took the video, our outdoor temperature had dropped to -5F, the specified minimum operating temperature. I turned the minisplit on and indeed, it still was putting out heat.
While the outdoor unit was almost inaudible during the summer when we ran the minisplit in cooling mode, it was humming away pretty good in the heating mode, as you can hear in the video. I assume that the compressor has to work harder at these cold temperatures, thus the increased noise. Not that it matters. All windows are firmly shut anyway, keeping the noise out.