Is a ductless split air conditioning system right for your home or office?
Did you know a ductless split HVAC system can save you money and energy on your utility bill, and provide you with cool air only when and where you need it?
Many homes were and are built with inefficient HVAC systems. Some, usually older homes, may not have a traditional ducted AC system, and use window units, space heaters, radiators or baseboard heaters. Newer homes are typically built with traditional ducted air conditioning systems, where most times, little thought is given to maximizing efficiency. While a ducted system has many benefits, special consideration needs to be paid to the ductwork. Unless specific attention has been paid to how the ducts are run and connected, home systems of this type can often lose 30% or more in energy consumption. That is why we at Benchmark Air Conditioning also specialize in re-designing ductwork systems to improve efficiency and air quality. So, if you do have a ducted HVAC system and decide a new ductless air conditioner is not the right choice for you, please give us a call to see what we can do to improve your current system.
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Mini-split or ductless split systems (also called split systems or duct-free systems), work well for adding air conditioning almost any situation, from residential to commercial– or even in a setting such as a hospital. In addition, ductless split systems are ideal for situations where there is currently no ductwork:
- Home additions
- Older homes built without ducting
What makes mini-split systems so appealing is the flexibility they provide, from temperature control they provide and the style of indoor units available, to whether it can also be used as a heater. Here are some of the main advantages and features of mini-split systems:
- Variety of indoor unit styles: Indoor units can be mounted on the wall, hung from the
ceiling, flush mounted with a drop ceiling, or as a stand alone floor unit.
- Zoned air conditioning: Easily allows for zoned air conditioning when multiple units are installed.
- Multiple attachments: It is often possible to connect up to 4 air handler or indoor units to one outdoor compressor unit. The outdoor unit can also be located up to 50 feet away from the internal unit, to allow for more flexibility of placement of indoor and outdoor units.
- Usually only require one indoor unit per room.
- Quieter and more efficient than traditional HVAC systems.
- Comfortable and consistent temperatures: mini-split indoor units usually have multiple fan speeds and directional sweeping options, as well as their own thermostat and programmable timer.
- Flexibility and energy savings: cooling only the rooms you need allows the temperature to be higher in rooms you are not using, which can create a significant energy savings.
- No loss of energy through ductwork: ducted systems often lose 30% of their total energy due to inefficiency, blocks, tears or rips in the ductwork.
- Improved indoor air quality: Thanks to their filtration system, ease of cleaning, and lack of ductwork.
- There may be tax credits or energy rebates available.
- Some models have options for heating as well as cooling: Many ductless split systems now come with Inverter technology, which senses the air and if it does not need much cooling, the fan runs at a slower speed, saving energy. When greater cooling is needed, the compressor runs at a faster speed, which not only cools the room, but does so quickly.
The main disadvantage for a ductless split system is the initial cost, which is often higher than the cost of ducted HVAC system. However, there are often significant utility bill cost savings that make a ductless system cheaper, and more efficient, in the long run. In addition, we suggest you look into any rebates or tax credits available.
So, is a ductless air conditioner system right for you? To find out more information on ductless systems and what components are best for your space, please give us a call.