Homeowner’s Guide: Mini Split Ceiling-Mounted Cassettes

Mini split units come in various sizes, shapes, and capacities. The most popular style of indoor unit for the wall-mounted air handler: A rectangular box that sits high on a wall and circulates air. But, these systems have different models that accommodate different room sizes and needs where you’ll install a mini split. That includes the mini split ceiling-mounted cassette.

Sometimes called a ductless ceiling air conditioner, these units can be used in single-zone and multi-zone setups. And while they essentially work the same way as the more-popular high wall air handler a ceiling cassette unit offers better heating and cooling in certain situations.

In this article, you’ll learn all about ceiling ductless air conditioner units, or mini split ceiling cassettes. I’ll cover everything from how they work and what unique benefits they offer, to when they’re most useful and their installation cost compared to other ductless heating and ac systems.

I put this together based on my 14 years of experience as a Product Manager at Peirce-Phelps, a nationwide HVAC distributor.

Along with staying up up-to-date on the most innovative heating and cooling equipment, I also work closely with dozens of contractors who have installed thousands of these systems across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware.

If you’d like to find out if a ceiling-mounted mini split system is the right choice for your home in the mid-Atlantic region, click below to schedule a free consultation with a reliable contractor in your area. 


How A Ceiling Mini Split Air Handler Works

A ceiling mini split air handler provides heating and cooling using the same heat transfer process as other ductless systems: The heat pump, or outdoor unit, moves heat into the house in the winter and out of the house in the summer.

The heat pump system works using a refrigerant that absorbs heat and carries it through refrigerant lines between the heat pump and indoor units.

In the winter, the air handler draws in cold air from the room. Using the heat from refrigerant, it warms up that air and then recirculates it. In the summer, the refrigerant absorbs the warmth from the air in the room and carries it out to the heat pump.

When To Use A Ceiling Suspended Mini Split Cassette

Ceiling suspended mini split cassettes are ideal for installed spaces with high ceilings. In homes, that’s usually a room with a cathedral ceiling. They’re also better for open floor plans where one unit needs to circulate over a wide area.

Aesthetically, these are much more subtle because they lay flush with the ceiling. With no equipment sticking out, they’re less visible and don’t take up wall space.

Features Of A Ceiling Mounted Ductless Air Conditioner (Mini Split)

Along with using less energy, offering more precise comfort, and being being easier to install than some traditional heating and air conditioning systems, mini splits also offer these benefits:

Remote Control

Mini split systems come with a wireless remote control that allows you to customize the temperature from anywhere in your home. The remote control gives you control over the temperature and amount of airflow from anywhere in the room.,

Dedicated Thermostat

Each indoor unit has its own dedicated thermostat to automatically control the temperature. The thermostats help ensure precise temperature control for optimal comfort and efficiency without affecting other parts of the house.

Multiple Airflow Options

Ceiling mounted cassettes offer multiple airflow options including standard, high power, eco-friendly, and silent modes so you can choose the amount of air that suits your needs. The different modes allow you to balance efficiency and cooling power.

Whisper-Quiet Operation

Mini split systems are designed for whisper-quiet operation, producing minimal noise that averages around 19-22 decibels which is barely audible background noise. The quiet operation means you can chill or heat your home without the disrupt

Mini Split Ceiling Cassette Vs Wall Mount Cost

Ceiling cassette mounted mini splits typically cost slightly more than wall-mounted units. They contain more of the mechanical components and require extra labor to modify the ceiling. However, they’re the better choice when one ceiling unit can handle a space that would require two or more wall-mounted mini split units.

Mini Split/Ductless Air Conditioner Ceiling Mount FAQs

Hopefully, this article has answered all your questions about how these systems work. Below are a few more commonly-asked questions and their answers.

If you’re unsure when to go with wall-mounted or ceiling cassette ductless mini split for your home in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, or Delaware, click below to set up a free consultation with a certified dealer in your area. They’ll discuss the specific pros and cons of each for your home.

Is a mini split better on the wall or ceiling?

Mounting a mini split on the wall is often more cost-effective and easy to install. However, mounting the unit on the ceiling is beneficial if you want to save wall space or if you have a larger room that requires more even air distribution.

Where do you put a mini split on a vaulted ceiling?

Installing a mini split on a vaulted ceiling can be a bit more challenging than on a flat ceiling. The best location for the unit will depend on the angle and height of the ceiling, as well as the layout of the room. In general, it’s best to install the unit as close to the center of the room as possible to ensure even airflow throughout the space.

How many years do mini splits last?

The lifespan of a mini split or ductless air conditioner will depend on several factors, including the brand, model, and how well it’s maintained. On average, a well-maintained mini split lasts anywhere from 12 to 20 years. Regular maintenance, such as cleaning or replacing filters, can help extend the lifespan of your unit and ensure it continues to operate efficiently for years to come.

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