Tired of seeing your utility bills go up every year? It’s time for something different. Adding a ductless mini-split system to your home can offer a lot of advantages, including reducing your utility costs. How does it work? We’ll explore that below.
Creating Heating and Cooling Zones
When you turn on your central HVAC system, you’re heating or cooling your entire home. That takes a great deal of energy, and it generates a lot of waste. After all, you’re probably not using your entire home at the same time. Most of us only use a few rooms, leaving the others empty. However, closing the registers in those spaces does not improve efficiency at all. It actually increases pressure in the system and forces your unit to work harder to distribute air.
With a ductless mini-split system, you’re able to heat or cool just the space(s) you’re using. A smaller unit can keep a single room comfortable, while larger units can heat and cool more space, such as an open concept living and dining area while using less electricity. These “comfort zones” allow you to keep the areas of your home that you’re using at the right temperature, without having to heat or cool unused spaces.
High SEER Ratings
HVAC system efficiency is rated by its seasonal energy efficiency ratio, or SEER rating. The higher the SEER rating, the more energy-efficient the unit. Most ductless mini-split systems have a much higher rating than what you’ll find with central HVAC systems and even window units. That means these systems can operate very efficiently, heating and cooling your space while using just a fraction of the energy a central system would need.
No Duct-Related Waste
With a central heating and cooling system, air is forced through the home via a series of ducts. Those ducts are sources of waste. Holes in the ductwork, inadequate insulation around the ducts, dirt and debris built up within the ducts – these are just a few of the things that can sap airflow and temperature, causing the unit to work harder than it should and use more energy.
Ductless mini-split systems have no ductwork (it’s right there in the name). That means you’re able to avoid all those forms of waste and reduce the amount of energy needed to warm or cool your space.
Finally, ductless mini-split systems can be equipped with programmable thermostats. These offer significant benefits over older-style manual thermostats. These allow you to program heating and cooling cycles so that the unit only operates while you’re home. (After all, what’s the point of doing that if no one is home?).
You can also set specific schedules so that your unit operates more efficiently and keeping you more comfortable all day and night. Programmable thermostats are also more accurate, which is important because even a single degree improvement can reduce your energy consumption by up to 2%.
It’s Time for a Change!
If you’re tired of paying the utility company more and more of your hard-earned money every year, it’s time for a change. Contact us to learn more about ductless mini-split technology and how it can help you save money.