Residential Mini-Split Systems2023-01-20T09:48:07-06:00



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If you’re like most Sioux Falls homeowners, you probably have a room in your home that’s uncomfortable. It might be a bedroom above the garage, an addition or even your garage workshop itself.

You can solve annoying comfort problems with a mini-split HVAC system. They don’t need ductwork, so they’re a smart solution for a single room or small space. And since mini-splits are incredibly energy efficient, you’ll be able to enjoy zoned heating and cooling while keeping utility bills low. Another key advantage is how quiet these systems are, and many models are almost silent.

When it comes to heating and cooling solutions, Howe is the highest-rated and most trusted company in the area. For more than 80 years, our family has been dedicated to helping your family live more comfortably. We’re also your local Lennox® Premier Dealer™, which means our certified technicians are extremely knowledgeable and committed to your satisfaction.

Ready to put an end to hot and cold spots in your home, or extend your living space by conditioning additional space(s)? Call or text us at 605-339-2020 To see what the options are for your home.


In addition to making troublesome rooms more comfortable, adding a mini-split offers a lot of benefits for your home. Here are just a few of them:

  • Great for cold climates. Select models can run in temperatures as low as -22°F.
  • Energy efficiency. A mini-split is one of the most efficient ways to heat and cool your home. Unlike a traditional furnace or air conditioner that creates heat or air conditioning, these ductless heat pumps add comfort by transferring heat. An ENERGY STAR® mini-split is 60% more efficient than electric heating and 30% more efficient than a room air conditioner.
  • Easier installation. You don’t have to add ductwork or endure other loud, messy disruptions to your home during the installation process. A mini-split system has two units, one (or more) indoors and one outdoors. The space-saving indoor unit is typically mounted on the wall and connects to the outdoor unit via a small hole in the wall.
  • Quiet, custom comfort. Mini-split systems use smooth inverter technology, this means that system capacity can modulate to match the cooling or heating demand. This eliminates temperature swings caused by the starts and stops of traditional systems. You’ll also be able to enjoy precisely zoned temperatures via a remote control.

MiniSplit FAQs

Unsure of how to make the right decision when it comes to selecting a minisplit system? Howe, Inc., has you covered! We’ve compiled FAQs about ductless minisplit systems that can provide essential information so that your next purchase is an informed and confident one. Don’t guessget the facts today with our expert guidance on choosing the perfect unit for your comfort needs. 

Are mini-split systems expensive?2023-01-19T08:52:25-06:00

The price of a mini split system depends on a number of factors, including:

  • System location
  • Number of indoor heat units
  • Electrical panel location/capacity
  • And the desired class of equipment/efficiency ratings

Please contact us for a free on-site estimate!

Can I install a mini-split system myself? 2023-01-19T08:51:17-06:00

While mini split systems are now available to the general public, we strongly recommend they be installed by a licensed contractor. Installation of a mini split system requires specialized tools and knowledge in both the electrical and HVAC fields.

How long do mini-splits last?2023-01-19T08:50:50-06:00

The expected life of a mini split system depends greatly on routine maintenance. We would recommend preventative maintenance visits at least once a year. If care is taken to maintain your equipment, you should expect a mini split to last 15-20 years.

Are mini-splits efficient? 2023-01-19T08:49:36-06:00

Mini splits are extremely energy efficient. Some models offer SEER ratings of up to 29. For reference, a standard ducted AC system is rated at approximately 13-15 SEER.

What are pros and cons to a mini-split system? 2023-01-19T08:48:44-06:00

Pros – mini splits do not require a central duct system so they can be installed in a non-invasive manner compared to installing duct work in the home (think older homes with boiler heat, summer cabin homes or additions to a home). They also operate at an extremely low decibel level, some as low as 12 dB!

Cons – mini splits are not as powerful as traditional, central HVAC equipment. Larger properties may be better off with a standard system to ensure an even distribution of heating or cooling.

What’s the difference between a mini-split and a heat pump?2023-01-19T08:47:41-06:00

Almost all mini splits manufactured today are heat pumps by definition. They utilize a reversing valve, just like a ducted heat pump, to reverse the refrigeration cycle and produce warm air from the indoor coil instead of cool air.

There are many different styles of mini split heat pumps. Some are designed to produce heat even in extreme cold outdoor conditions, while others are best for milder climates. Some of these ‘low-ambient’ versions of mini split systems can produce sufficient heat indoors even when temps outdoors drop below -10 degrees!

What is a mini-split?2023-01-19T08:53:09-06:00

A “mini split” is a ductless air conditioning system. Instead of utilizing one central duct system to distribute air to multiple registers, a ductless mini split distributes conditioned air from individual fan/evaporator coil units in each room. These are commonly called a “head unit” and come in many shapes and forms. For example, they can be installed as a floor mount, wall mount or even a ceiling mount.

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Get maximum comfort with a mini-split

Want to learn more about the solutions we offer? Call or text us at 605-339-2020 to request your free, no-pressure estimate today. Howe provides quality installation for mini-split HVAC systems in Sioux Falls, SD, and surrounding communities.

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