Heating and cooling systems are essential for any living or workspace. There are many options for air conditioning systems, from small units that can be used in a single room to larger units that can be used in large halls. The most obvious distinction is whether or not there is ductwork. This distinction separates air conditioning systems into ductless and ducted systems.
Ductless heating and cooling systems offer many advantages over ducted systems. Let’s look at the many benefits that ductless cooling and heating systems offer:
1. Ductless heating and cooling systems cost less to operate
For most people, this is the bottom line. Appliances that reduce our monthly energy costs are something we all love. It is also important to reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible. Ductless air conditioners can be much more affordable than ducted ones. Mitsubishi claims they can reduce energy costs by between 30-40% compared to forced-air systems. How do they do this? The main reason is the lack of ductwork. The biggest source of air loss in ducted systems is through ducts. The conditioned air can leak out due to a variety of reasons, including gaps, tears, poor installation, ruptures, and improper installation. This is a wasteful source of energy. According to the US Department of Energy, central air conditioners can use up to 30% more energy than homes without them.
2. Make your heating and cooling smarter!
Plug-and-play smart AC controllers can make ductless cooling and heating smart. Smart AC controllers allow you to control your air conditioner from your smartphone, making it WIFI-compatible. You can now control your air conditioner anywhere and anytime. These are much cheaper than central air conditioner thermostats, but they work the same way.
3. Ductless ACs are more efficient
You might have heard of SEER and EER ratings when looking for an air conditioner system. These ratings are directly related to how much energy your air conditioner can conserve. An air conditioner with a higher SEER rating means it is more efficient. On average, ductless HVAC systems have a higher SEER rating than ducted systems. Some systems can even achieve 30 SEER.
4. Ductless HVAC allows for easy installation
Ductless air conditioners are much faster to install than ducted ones because they don’t require any ducts. The effort required to install ductless units is reduced by half, which means that installation costs can be kept low. Installing ductless units can be half the cost of ducted units, making them an attractive option, especially if you don’t have ductwork.
5. Low carbon footprint
Ductless heating and cooling systems have a higher SEER and EER, as we’ve already discussed. Ductless cooling and heating systems have a higher efficiency which results in a smaller carbon footprint than ducted systems. Moreover, ductless heating and cooling systems are ENERGY STAR certified. This means they are more efficient than the minimum US government standards. This means you will not only save money on energy but also reduce carbon emissions. Refrigerant is another important contributor to a reduced carbon footprint. R410A, an environmentally friendly refrigerant that reduces the impact of air conditioning on the ozone layer, is a good choice.
6. Indoor Air Quality has been greatly improved
Although we may not notice it often, the quality of our air can have a significant impact on our moods and overall health. Indoor air quality is a crucial consideration for those who spend much of their time indoors. This will ensure comfort and healthy living. Even small invisible particles like allergens, pollutants, or even viruses, can have a negative effect on our health. It is important to maintain indoor air quality at its best.
7. Greater flexibility
Ductless heating and cooling systems offer far more flexibility than ducted systems. There is one ducted unit per home. However, multiple ductless units can be installed. Each unit can be installed in its own room depending on your needs. The only room that is being used must have an air conditioner, not all of the ones in the house. Even if one room needs to be cooled, the entire house would have to be powered up by the ducted unit. This will result in higher utility bills and greater consumption of electricity.
8. Minimal maintenance
Ductless air conditioners are less maintenance than ducted ones. Only the filters are required to be cleaned and washed regularly. You should also remember to clean the outside unit fans of any obstructions and to clear the indoor vents. Ductless air conditioners don’t require any special maintenance or treatment. This is a significant cost-saving measure compared to ducted units. There is no need to maintain ducts or check for major leaks. Each room’s vents also do not require special attention and must be opened up and thoroughly cleaned.
9. Heating is also possible with ductless air conditioners
You heard it right. Ductless systems can provide heating and cooling as well as cooling without the need for additional modifications. These “reversible” heat pumps or units can work in both summer and winter. This is in contrast to ducted systems which can only cool your house. Your home will need a separate furnace for winter.
10. Utility rebates on ductless heating and cooling
Many utility companies offer financial incentives and rebates to homeowners and businesses who install ductless air conditioners due to their higher efficiency. Energy companies can use the energy left over from lower air conditioning usage to meet other pressing energy needs.
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