As a homeowner in Massachusetts, there are several options for your heating and cooling needs. With spring bringing warmer temperatures, now might be the time to consider whether your cooling system is suitable for your home.
Many people select central cooling, perhaps since most of us are accustomed to it. However, it's also not the only option. Ductless mini-split heat pumps can be an excellent choice for the efficiency and superior cooling of multiple zones. Commonly used in other parts of the world, these systems are gaining popularity in the United States.
You might wonder what to expect if you've considered switching to a mini-split heat pump. We'll delve into the important things to be aware of to have peace of mind when you choose.
Less Expensive Energy Bills
There's nothing better than a ductless mini-split system for those who want to save money when temperatures are hot (or cold). While there is a cost for the heat pump and its installation, it's essential to know how much operating it will cost. The mini-split wins hands down when comparing it and a central cooling system.
Due to the ducts used with central air units, lots of energy can escape, which leads to higher bills. Based on information from the US Department of Energy, about 30% of the energy used by these systems is lost. Ductless systems are much more efficient, and there's no threat of losing energy, so your energy bills will fall.
Operation Without Excess Noise
Spending time near an outdoor HVAC compressor can be a very noisy experience, playing into how loud central air can be. The condenser used for a mini-split system is smaller and operates much more quietly than the alternative. However, that isn't the only place where a quieter experience can be found.
Central air systems make noise as air moves through ducts. There are hisses or wooshes, and you might hear bangs or thuds at times. This is due to the use of ductwork, which mini-split heat pumps do not use. The only noise you might notice is a whisper-quiet noise while air moves through the unit.
Temperature Per Zone
It can be frustrating for families to argue over where to set the thermostat with a traditional central air unit. However, that problem is eliminated with a ductless mini-split system. There's no need to set the entire home to the same temperature.
Instead, each room acts as its own zone and can be set up at a unique temperature. If someone wants it a little cooler and someone else wants more heat, that's no problem. Each indoor unit can be set to your liking and won't affect the rest of your home.
Quick and Simple Installation
It can seem like a huge change to move to a ductless mini-split heat pump system, which may keep some people from moving forward. However, unlike installing a central HVAC system, which can take much time, a mini-split can be placed at your home much more quickly. A professional company can get it done fast.
The installation process is simple, and a professional can set it up, so you're ready for higher temperatures. Since no ducts are used, installation time and cost are much lower than other cooling choices. The outside unit and air handlers are installed before a hole is made to connect it all.
Rebates and 0% Financing
Thanks to the Mass Save program, you can receive up to $10,000 in rebates on your ductless mini-split heat pump system. For any remaining costs up to $50,000, you can also receive 0% interest financing with the Mass Save HEAT Loan. These impressive Mass Save incentives make now the best time to outfit your home with these energy efficient heating and cooling devices.