Whether you crank up the air conditioning in the dog days of summer or turn up the furnace in the bitter cold of winter, everyone loves the ability to control their home heating and cooling system.
Air conditioning is used in the United States more than all other nations combined. Two-thirds of all homes in the United States have some sort of air conditioning. When it comes to energy use, heating and cooling account for 48% of the energy use in a typical home.
But turning up the heat on the furnace cranking the air conditioning comes with a cost. The U.S. Department of Energy says that anywhere from 25 to 40% of the energy used in the heating and cooling of a home is wasted. The energy is wasted do in part to contaminants in the heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC system), causing it to work harder.
If you’re in need of a new HVAC system for your home, there are many reasons to consider opting for a ductless system. You’ve probably seen ductless systems here and there in office buildings or restaurants. Benefits of ductless systems include:
- Flexibility: With a traditional HVAC system, hot and cold air is forced through ducts by heating pumps and air conditioning systems. Ductless systems deliver that air directly without the need of the ducts. Ductless units consist of a small outdoor unit and one or more indoor units that only require being mounted somewhere and access to power (electricity).
- Cost savings: Perhaps the biggest reason for folks to switch to ductless systems is to save money. As the cost of utilities continues to go up everywhere, you’ll take savings anywhere you can get them. If you’ve got a malfunctioning or inefficient system, your monthly HVAC bills can skyrocket quickly and you might be placing a call to a contractor for repairs.
Ductless systems use less power and are smaller. Since cool air or heat is delivered directly into a room, there’s not a loss in efficiency and in some cases you’ll be able to create hot and cold “zones” in your home. This will help save you money too since you won’t have to worry anymore about heating or cooling rooms that aren’t occupied. As if that wasn’t enough, ductless system installation may make some homeowners eligible for certain tax credits or rebates.
- Healthier environment: Whether you realize it or not, sometimes the quality of the air in your home can be worse than the air right outside your window. Traditional HVAC systems require periodically cleaning to eliminate and dust and allergens and sometimes that isn’t 100% effective. Ductless systems can offer multi-stage filtration, which does a better job of getting rid of allergens and other things affecting the quality of the air in your home.
- Easy Installation: Traditional heating and cooling systems can take up to several weeks to install and the process can be very disruptive. Ductless systems can be up and running in as little time as a day and are far less disruptive to install.
- More eco-friendly: Since they’re smaller, ductless systems can improve the average home’s energy efficient. They follow ENERGY STAR guidelines, so they’re designed to be much more energy efficient than even the standard guidelines mandate them to be. This will lead to cost savings, but it will also lower your home’s carbon footprint. Ductless systems use a refrigerant, which has less impact on the environment during its lifespan.
By choosing a ductless HVAC system, homeowners are choosing something that offers them a greater deal of flexibility and will save them money in the long run. It will also reduce their home’s carbon footprint and allow them to customize just where in the house they might want hot and cold. Most of all, a ductless system will provide consistent year-round comfort to homeowners regardless of the climate they live in.