With the ever-rising fuel and food costs of today’s economy, we’re all looking for ways to save money. Home heating and cooling are generally the largest monthly utility costs in American households, so it makes sense that Masters Heating & Cooling has been asked the question, “Is a ductless mini-split system the way to go to spend less on home comfort?”
What is a Ductless Mini Split System?
Ductless mini-split systems allow you to pinpoint the specific rooms you’d like to heat or cool. A mini-split system usually has an outdoor condenser to deliver cooled or heated air to as many as four individual air handlers. The indoor air handlers are typically mounted high on an interior wall. The connection between the outdoor condenser and the indoor air handler requires just a three-inch hole in the wall. The condenser can be hidden outside as far as 50 feet away. Because they do not require ductwork, the upfront installation cost is much lower for a mini-split system than traditional central forced air.
With this level of micromanagement over indoor home comfort, you may think that overall costs for heating or cooling your entire home would be reduced. While this is generally true, since energy efficiency can be increased by up to 30 percent, it also depends on the type heating and cooling that is being replaced and if mini-splits are being added to supply heat or cool to additional or remodeled spaces.
How Ductless Mini Split Systems Save on Home Costs
Ductless mini-splits eliminate the need for costly and often-times inefficient or leaky ductwork. It’s been said that about 20 – 30 percent of energy-efficiency is lost through poor ducts. If mini-splits are installed to replace window air conditioners, where no central air conditioning is currently used, up to 40% less energy will be consumed. And, if electric baseboard is your heating source, you could use 25 – 40 percent less energy with a ductless mini-split in the same space.
Contact Masters Today
Traditional central forced air systems have served us well for decades, but a mini-split system could be a great supplemental option. Convenience, zoned heat and cool, and versatility make a ductless mini-split a very attractive choice for many homeowners. The Comfort Specialists at Master Heating & Cooling are ready to meet with you today to show you the wide array of money-saving options we have available – from ductless mini-splits, to programmable and smart thermostats and more. Call today to schedule an appointment.