Keeping your home’s temperature comfortable in all seasons
Summer has left but the heat has not. Forecasters expect the heat and humidity to persist well into the fall, which means that your air conditioning is going to be blasting an arctic wind for a while longer. As soon as you get used to pumping cold air, the weather changes and winter comes. Freezing temperatures right after a hot autumn mean a sudden change for your air conditioning unit without a break in sight. For most, that means a hefty electric bill, possibly a few breakdowns and repairs, and a larger carbon footprint. And with more extreme weather patterns being projected, it stands to reason that this could continue to worsen.
These trends have prompted a series of Department of Energy regulations involving HVAC systems, with the intent to curb these negative outputs. But the best way to meet and beat these energy efficiency standards is not with central air.
A ductless air conditioning unit, also called a ductless mini split, is the energy-efficient way to address your heating and cooling needs. Unlike traditional units, these models do not require large, complex duct systems in order to function.
With a ductless mini split, you will see energy efficiency, a lower electric bill, fewer breakdowns, and a smaller effect on the environment.
Ductless mini split efficiency
Ductless mini splits are one of the most energy-efficient types of air conditioners available on the market. Considering that almost half of a home’s energy is spent keeping your house a comfortable temperature, this can significantly lower your energy usage.
One way these systems maintain efficiency is by meeting regional regulations for SEER ratings, which are what allow them to be sold in specific locations. Another way ductless mini splits do this is by minimizing air leakage. Almost 30 percent of all air flowing through ducts is lost before reaching the vent, requiring expensive sealants.
A ductless mini split is also able to customize your heating and cooling needs in different rooms, whereas central air blankets an entire home or building until the desired temperature is achieved at a central thermostat. In contrast, the remote in a ductless set-up is the thermostat; so wherever you are with it, that is the temperature.
On top of all of that, you can actually change the airflow to individual rooms altogether. While central air units allow you to close vents, this actually causes more leakage while keeping your energy output the same. Customizing your desired airflow can remove that problem and lessen your energy use.
All of these traits allow for increased energy efficiency, keeping the ductless mini split in line with changing regional regulations. Thanks to this, they are among Energy Star’s “Most Efficient“, being twice as efficient as the program’s bare-minimum standard.
The value of ductless mini splits
For around $1,500-$5,000 in up-front costs, your home could be cooled by one of the most advanced setups available, without the need to install a complicated duct structure. Some ductless set-ups may be more expensive than an equivalent ducted replacement – but only initially, as you’re saving money on energy bills for as long as you have the system. And ComfortUp offers financing options for new HVAC units.
Like most pieces of machinery, the ductless mini-split requires some upkeep and occasional repair. Conveniently, much of this can be done without hiring a professional, as most troubleshooting and maintenance tasks are easy.
On top of all that, thanks to recent regulations by the Department of Energy, anyone who installs a ductless mini split may be eligible for a tax credit from the federal government.
Ductless means fewer environmental effects
Beyond using less energy and fewer fossil fuels that supply that energy, a ductless air conditioner releases less CO2 than central air, falling in line with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. This can reduce the carbon footprint of a home or commercial building significantly, which is especially useful in states actively trying to lower carbon emissions.
Reduced environmental impact. Increased energy efficiency and lower bills. And customizable comfort. It’s no wonder why more and more people are realizing that ductless mini splits are superior to ducted AC.