Can a Mini-Split Ductless System Save Me Money?
Yes. A ductless AC system can reduce your energy bill during the summer while also helping you to save money year-round because they're easy to install and maintain, plus they allow you to cool rooms independently.
Ductless Systems Are Easy to Install
When compared to conventional AC systems, ductless systems are much more affordable to install as they do not require the installation of ductwork throughout your home. This can represent substantial savings in a newly built home, or if your home would have required new ducting. Ductless systems are also more affordable simply because they are easier to install. While the cost of installation will depend on a variety of factors including how many wall units your home ends up needing, a ductless system can generally be installed in a fraction of the time it would take to install a conventional air conditioning system, which can greatly reduce labor costs.
They Reduce Energy Consumption
Not only can a ductless cooling system save you money upfront, but it can also help you to save a great deal of money over time by reducing your home's energy consumption. While central cooling systems have been the standard in home cooling for decades, these systems are actually notoriously inefficient, as the air that comes out of your ducting may not be as cool as it should due to heat transfer that can occur before it reaches each register, causing these systems to have to work hard to cool a home. Alternatively, ductless air conditioning systems are not subject to this problem as each unit cools its own room directly, reducing this temperature loss. In fact, it is estimated that ductless air conditioners can reduce energy consumption by as much as 40%.
No Lost Energy
Adding to the inefficiency of ducted AC systems is that they tend to develop cracks, tears, and leaks in their ductwork over time. Since you cannot see your home's ductwork, you likely won't know when these leaks occur. However, they can cost you greatly as cool air will be escaping your ducts, and hot air from inside your walls and attic will be let into your system. Not only can this reduce your comfort, but it will also force your air conditioner to work overtime to cool your home, causing your electricity bill to skyrocket. Unfortunately, there is no way to make ductwork leak-proof, and most split central AC systems develop leaks over time leading to inefficiencies. Fortunately, you can eliminate this problem by choosing a ductless cooling system that cools each room in your home independently without relying on potentially leaky ductwork.
Allows You to Cool Zones Independently
One of the most convenient energy-saving features of a ductless cooling system is that it gives you complete zone control, allowing you to cool sections of your home, or even specific rooms in your home, independently of one another. Each wall unit has the ability to be controlled separately from the rest, which can be a great money saver if you have a large house with rooms that you don't use very often. If you find that you only spend time in your living room and bedroom during the summer, you can simply cool those areas as a way to save money while staying comfortable. Zone control with a ductless cooling system gives you complete control over how you cool your home.
They Can Heat Your Home as Well
In addition to providing energy-efficient cooling to your home, a ductless air conditioning system can also efficiently heat your home on cold winter nights. While there are cooling-only ductless mini-split systems available, most homeowners opt for heat pump models that can also heat their homes. Like traditional split-system heat pumps, these systems are able to reverse their refrigerant cycles and switch from cooling to heating. These systems use existing heat in the air outside in order to heat your home efficiently, which can save money compared to traditional boilers and furnaces in areas that see mild winters. If your home's heating system also needs replacing, choosing a ductless heat pump can save you money as you will only have to invest in one system to both heat and cool your home, keeping you comfortable year-round.
When it comes time to have a new air conditioning system installed in your home, there are many benefits that you stand to gain by choosing a mini-split ductless cooling system. As you begin to look into having a new cooling system installed in your home, it is important that you partner with an HVAC company that has the expertise needed to ensure your family's comfort. For South Florida homeowners, there is no better place to turn for ductless AC installation than Austen Enterprises. As an Elite Mitsubishi Diamond Contractor, we pride ourselves on providing the highest level of service to our customers possible. We will work tirelessly to ensure that your new HVAC system meets your needs and keeps you cool this summer. Feel free to contact us to learn more about the services we provide.