Heating and cooling your home is important for many reasons. Not only does it keep you and your family comfortable during the changing seasons but also improves your air quality, which benefits your health and wellness. Unfortunately, you may not realize that certain heating and cooling systems can also reduce your impact on the environment while saving you money.
Ductless mini-split systems are not a traditional option for most homeowners, but they are becoming more and more popular due to their enormous benefits. With this guide and your contractor's help, you will learn a few real benefits of going ductless with your heating and cooling system.
1. Energy Savings
First and foremost, it is important to discuss the energy savings you will see with a ductless mini-split system. According to Energy Star, half of your home's total energy usage stems from heating and cooling, which makes these savings imperative. Of course, you may be wondering how going ductless can heat and cool your home using less energy.
In traditional systems, ductwork, which is comprised of sheet metal, fiberglass, and other materials sealed together, moves conditioned air into your home. Over time, conditioned air may be lost through worn seams or through holes and tears in the ductwork.
While shocking to learn, recent studies have shown an estimated 30 percent of air traveling through the ductwork is lost.
Because there are no ducts in a mini-split system, there is no risk of air loss. Preventing air loss will ensure your home is heated and cooled without wasting energy.
In addition, ductless mini-split systems can conserve energy by only conditioning the necessary parts of your home.
Units are mounted on walls or ceilings of different zones or areas of your home. Each unit can be set to heat or cool as necessary, so that you do not need to heat or cool the entire home at once, which will reduce your energy cost.
2. Improved Comfort
As stated earlier, ductless mini-split systems condition your home in zones. This innovative design allows you to heat and cool areas of your home when necessary. This not only helps you conserve energy but also helps keep common areas of your home at the desired temperature level.
For example, some homes have spare bedrooms or formal dining and living rooms, which are not used every day. Conditioning these rooms is only necessary at certain times, so you do not have to heat or cool these areas of your home on most days.
The wall or ceiling mounted units can be turned off, reducing any heating or air conditioning in these zones until necessary. In contrast, the units in common areas where you and your family spend the majority of your time, such as the family room, kitchen, and bedrooms, can be set to heat and cool effectively. This allows for better temperature control, which ensures you and your family are as comfortable as possible.
3. Reduced Allergens
Your heating and cooling system conditions your home, but it also does more than that. During the conditioning process, the system also filters dust and allergen while ventilating your home, reducing the buildup of moisture and potential mold and mildew.
Unfortunately, the movement of air through a traditional system's ductwork can also move dirt, dust, dander, mold, mildew, and insects into the vents of your home. Since there are no ducts in a mini-split system, there will be a smaller risk of allergens in your home.
This improved air quality is incredibly beneficial to people who suffer from allergy symptoms.
Whether you are building a home from the ground up or it is time to replace your current system, going ductless can be a worthwhile investment. To learn more about this innovative, energy-efficient system, contact Mega Air Conditioning • Heating & Electrical today.