How Switching to a Ductless HVAC System Can Save You Money
If you are thinking of replacing the HVAC system in your Orlando, Florida, home, consider getting a ductless unit. Also known as a mini-split air-conditioner, a ductless HVAC system consists of one or more indoor air handlers, an outdoor compressor, and a conduit that links the indoor and outdoor components. Besides providing even temperature distribution for better comfort, this type of air-conditioning system is significantly more cost-effective than a traditional air-conditioner. Discover these cost-saving benefits of a ductless HVAC system.
Uses Smaller Motors
A standard ducted air-conditioning system uses a large blower motor to cool or heat air in your home. Located in the indoor air handler, this motor is powerful enough to produce conditioned air for an entire house, but it consumes a lot of energy. In a ductless HVAC system, the motors in the air handlers are much smaller, and they collectively use less power than the single large motor of a ducted system. In addition, the smaller motors are easier and less costly to repair if they experience problems.
Enables Zone Control
Another benefit of a ductless air-conditioning system is that it allows you to cool or heat specific rooms in your home. A ducted system delivers air to every vent connected to the ducts and cools or heats every room regardless of whether they are occupied or not. This results in energy waste. A ductless HVAC unit, on the other hand, permits zone control by enabling you to operate each air handler independently. If you only cool or heat rooms that are in use, you can save a lot of money over the course of a year.
Eliminates Energy Loss in Ducts
In a ducted air-conditioning system, conditioned air will either gain or lose heat as it travels through the ductwork. In order to compensate for this change in temperature, the system has to put in additional work to deliver the desired cooling or heating effects. As a result, it consumes more energy and becomes more susceptible to mechanical failure. Since it does not use ducts, a ductless air-conditioning system does not experience this kind of heat loss or gain. It operates more smoothly and effortlessly to keep your home comfortable and helps reduce your energy and repair costs.
Another problem with using a ducted system is that its ductwork can become leaky. Leaky air ducts are a common problem in homes, and they often result from poor duct installation or the degradation of ductwork over time. A substantial amount of conditioned air can be lost to leaky ducts, which means the air conditioner needs to work harder to keep your home comfortable. Again, you can eliminate this problem and save energy by replacing your ducted system with a ductless one.
Due to a number of reasons, a ductless HVAC system typically has a longer lifespan than a ducted system. First, it usually comes with a variable-speed compressor that prevents the hard starts that a traditional air-conditioner commonly experiences. A compressor that needs to work hard to start over and over again often has a shorter lifespan. Additionally, the compressor of a ducted unit is more vulnerable to over-amping or overheating if the air ducts are improperly sized or installed. A ductless unit does not have this problem.
Offers Rebate Opportunities
If you purchase an Energy Star-certified ductless HVAC system, you may be eligible for local utility rebates and tax credits. Some manufacturers also give out rebates for some of their products. These rebates and tax credits can substantially reduce the overall cost of installing a new ductless air-conditioning system.
According to the Department of Energy, heating and cooling account for nearly half of the energy consumption in a typical American home. The figure is especially high during months with extreme temperatures. If you are concerned about high heating and cooling costs, switch to a ductless HVAC system.
A ductless system can make your home more comfortable while keeping your utility bills and repair costs low, giving you better value for money than a traditional air-conditioner. If you want to schedule an installation appointment, contact Frank’s Air Conditioning at (407) 490-2070.
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