Whether you’re looking to cool a new home addition or select a system for a new home construction, a ductless mini-split system offers several advantages — the main one being cost-effectiveness. For Edgewater, Maryland, homeowners looking to save money on heating and cooling costs, a ductless system may be the way to go.
Unlike conventional central air conditioning systems that require ductwork, ductless mini-split systems utilize thin copper tubing designed to pump refrigerant to wall-mounted blowers positioned throughout the home. Since this setup doesn’t require a technician to come in and install ductwork, vents, and other components of a central AC system, the costs associated with ductless mini-splits are more affordable than conventional cooling methods.
Installation will, of course, depend on the price of the unit chosen, how many wall-mount units your home requires, how easy it is to run the lines, and a number of other factors, but a mini-split system is generally one of the most cost-effective options you can choose when heating and cooling your home.
Reduced Energy Consumption
Ductless mini-split systems are designed to consume less energy than traditional air conditioners. Not only are they inherently more efficient by design, but you also won’t have to worry about energy loss in the ductwork. You may be surprised to learn that a good deal of energy can be lost due to leaks in a home’s HVAC ducts, which is essentially money blown away.
Central air conditioners also have to work overtime to force conditioned air through ducts that are dirty or clogged. While these issues are easily remedied with annual HVAC maintenance, homeowners with ductless mini-split systems won’t have to worry about duct issues at all, which is a big advantage. No matter which way you look at it, ductless systems offer a reduced energy consumption that saves the homeowner money.
Ductless mini-splits allow you to zone your home, which saves money. Each window-mounted unit operates via a remote control thermostat independently from the rest throughout the home. This allows you to keep the living room at a different temperature than the bedroom. It even means you can keep the unit in the guest bedroom turned off until the room is occupied. Having more control over the heating and cooling in each room allows you to experiment with different settings and find the temperature each family member enjoys, giving you complete control over your energy usage.
More than that, each wall-mounted unit provides conditioned air directly into the room where you need it most. It isn’t being dispersed through ductwork getting trapped or sent out through leaks. It flows directly where it’s wanted, so you can use less energy to reach the desired temperature than with a conventional system.
Thanks to the ductless mini-split system’s enhanced efficiency, it tends to provide additional long-term savings compared to other types of systems. How much you can save boils down to how efficiently you use the system and whether or not you invest in regular maintenance, but in general, mini-splits are a great investment that helps keep more money in your pocket.
Every mini-split system utilizes a variable refrigerant flow device that allows it to control the motor’s speed and avoid extremes like you’d experience with traditional compressor ACs. Without the threat of stop-and-start cycles, the system’s unique inverter technology produces a more effective and efficient cooling environment and is easier on the wallet in terms of energy usage. No matter how long you have the system, it will continue to offer a superior, money-saving energy efficiency.
In order to enjoy the maximum amount of savings, pay attention to the ductless system’s efficiency rating. Investing in a system with a higher SEER rating will save you more money in the long run than a similar system with a lower rating. New mini-split units tend to score between 16 to 21 on the efficiency scale, so aim for one on the higher end.
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