There are a lot of different numbers and measurements to consider when looking for the best mini split system for heating in cold weather. In the first part of this article we talk about a few of these numbers. Later we go over two very similar mini split heat pump product lines. The first one, Air-Con, is available in the United States and the second brand, Senville, can be purchased and shipped in Canada. Both of these brands are incredibly efficient and have SEER ratings over 20. The last part of the article is dedicated to the Pioneer Ductless Wall Mount Mini Split System.
SEER is seasonal energy efficiency ratio. It is an easy way to compare between mini split systems that have different voltages, BTUs and designs for different sized rooms. The higher the SEER the more efficient the system. Some other factors like how many square feet the mini split can heat or cool may be more important for you. For more information about SEER and how it is calculated, check out this Wikipedia article. As you consider different mini split heat pumps to keep you warm through the winter the SEER rating is an important thing to be aware of. Having a high SEER rating is important it you want to keep your energy bills as low as possible. Any rating above 20 is on the high end of the efficiency scale.
AHRI certification is another important thing to look for when you consider different heat pump systems for your heating and cooling needs. AHRI stands for Air-conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute. They have been recognized by the ENERGY STAR program as a certifying body. The AHRI is able to certify appliances and machines as being in compliance with efficiency standards. The AHRI certification is recognized by agencies in the United States and Canada, you can read more about it here if you like. AHRI certification is another way to compare between mini split heating and cooling systems. We recommend using this as a pass-fail test, meaning if the mini split does not have the certification, do not consider purchasing it.
Air-Con Ductless Mini Split Heat Pumps
Air-Con has an extensive lineup of ductless heating and cooling systems. All the units we found in our research use GMCC Toshiba compressors. These are some of the most efficient and reliable compressors on the market today. They also use the R-410A refrigerant which is important for two reasons:
- R-410A refrigerant contributes to higher SEER ratings that keep your energy costs lower
- R-410A refrigerant does not deplete the ozone. This means you can expect to be able to recharge your mini split without worrying about the refrigerant being phased out due to environmental concerns. This phase out process happened with ozone depleting refrigerants.
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Senville makes mini split systems available in Canada. All of their units in the AURA series have a SEER rating over 20. The smallest unit at 9,000 BTUs is rated for a space up to 500 square feet. Their large 24,000 BTU mini split is rated for up to 1,500 square feet and still has a SEER rating of 20. This is a very efficient and powerful heating and cooling system. The high SEER rating is in part due to the R-410A refrigerant we discussed earlier in the article.
Senville AURA units are able to provide heat all the way down to -22 degrees Fahrenheit.
Pioneer Air Conditioner & Heat Pumps
Pioneer’s more popular units range in SEER rating from 16 up to 18. The WYS030-17 is the most efficient model with the 18 SEER rating. This is their second largest model with a recommended heating and cooling area of up to 1,100 square feet.
Pioneer designs some of their mini split systems with auxiliary electric heaters. There heaters are part of the outdoor portion of the unit and allow the units to provide optimal heat in temperatures as low as 5 degrees Farenheight. The units can still provide heat in colder outdoor temperatures. However, automatic safety measures to protect the unit will kick in and reduce the efficiency of the unit.
This model is the latest of mini-split AC and heat-pump systems without ducting that has been launched by Pioneer. The full system consists of the indoor unit and the compressor which is installed outdoors. The digital remote control allows you to select any of the four modes of operation; heating, cooling, ventilation or dehumidification.
In addition to this, an onboard computer provides automatic operation. The timer feature allows you to stop or start the system at particular times. The night-mode feature is especially useful. It changes the temperature automatically at night when you may want your room cooler.
In the event of a power outage the auto-restart feature uses the data in its memory to restart the system with the same settings.
It is also possible to remotely control and monitor this system through Wi-fi. This is a great feature to have if you are using this mini split heat pump to keep an outbuilding warm during the winter to prevent damage from frozen pipes.
This product from Pioneer with the latest technological developments has been designed to provide the best in performance, efficiency and comfort. The model WYS series with the 17 SEER rating used for a single zone in a residential area or commercial space.
Best Mini Split Heat Pump for Cold Weather
We reviewed three different mini split heat pump brands in this article. Pioneer has a well known name and a history of dependability. Air-Con and Senville use newer technology that allows for greater efficiency. If you are still undecided, try clicking through to Amazon to see what people have to say about their recent purchases.