Thank you to our partners for providing this post.
Soon you’ll be switching on your AC or furnace to get you and your family through those long days and nights of summer and winter. Are you due for a new HVAC system or do you even know? Why not consider the cost savings and energy efficiency of a ductless HVAC system! Here is why you should have a ductless HVAC system in your home to save you money all year long!
What Is a Ductless HVAC System?
A ductless HVAC system, also called a mini-split heat pump, connects individual indoor units which are typically installed in every room to one outdoor unit. The units are connected with narrow refrigerant lines and do not require the ductwork of traditional HVAC systems. Ductless HVAC systems provide both cooling and heating and allow for different temperature settings in each room. Ductless systems are great for older homes that lack existing ductwork, home additions and areas of a home that aren’t occupied every day.
Energy Efficiency and Cost Savings
Ductless HVAC systems are more energy efficient than traditional HVAC systems for both heating and cooling. According to Energy Star ductless systems use 60 percent less energy than electric baseboard heat and 30 percent less energy than air conditioner window units. The energy efficiency is not only good for the environment but it is also good for your wallet. Less energy use means lower utility bills at the end of each month.
Part of the energy efficiency comes from not passing pre-heated or pre-cooled air through a series of ductwork. Ductwork, which is often installed to pass through uninsulated parts of a house is susceptible to cooling heated air and heating cooled air. This loss of efficiency makes a traditional HVAC system work harder, which increases utility costs. Ducts are also prone to degradation over time and heated or cooled air can be lost through leaks. Ductless HVAC systems do not push around heated or cooled air but instead push refrigerant from the outdoor unit to the interior units, which all have individual motors to control a room’s temperature.
Fine-Tuned Temperature Control
Most traditional HVAC systems deliver heat and cooling to all rooms in the house, whether they need it or not. This inefficiency costs the homeowner money by trying to regulate the temperature in unused rooms. Do you rarely use the upstairs bedroom or only need to heat your craft room when you’re working in it? With a ductless HVAC system you can keep the rooms at a cooler temperature when they aren’t in use. Less energy use means lower utility bills.
Because ductless HVAC systems are so energy efficient many local utilities offer rebates on the installation of new units. When considering a new ductless HVAC system, check with your utility company to see what type of rebates they are offering currently and make sure the system you are considering is included before purchasing. Ductless HVAC systems provide just the right amount of heating and cooling that is easy on your budget and energy efficient.