You may have heard that ductless HVAC systems help save a lot of energy, but how does that work? What’s different about a ductless mini split that makes it so much more energy-efficient than central HVAC, space heaters, or window air conditioners? Below, we take a look at the details and how Jones Services can provide you with heating and cooling you can rely on.
Prior to ductless technology, the only way to get heat was to create it within the space you wanted to warm. Then, you could move that heat from one place to another. First, this was done with wood stoves and fans, and then eventually central systems.
Ductwork was the first dedicated mode of transportation for treated air in modern homes and initially worked very well to get warm or cool air from the central furnace or outdoor compressor to various rooms throughout the home. But the more time went on, the more it became clear how ducts deteriorated and lost efficiency through normal wear and tear. Repairs were needed more often the older a system was.
Ductless systems work completely differently than other heaters or air conditioners and don’t produce heat – instead, new technology allows these appliances to take heat that is already existing in your home or atmosphere and move it around. Because these systems don’t have to generate heat energy on their own, they don’t use nearly as much power as systems that do. They also last longer with less maintenance needed to keep them in good operating condition.
One of the primary ways that ductless systems save energy is simply by not using ducts to transport heated or cooled air from one place to another. This is because ducts aren’t air-tight and allow your treated air to seep out into your attic or underneath your house. So with a central HVAC system, you’re essentially paying to heat or cool spaces you’re not even using.
Because ductless moves heat instead of generating it, treated air doesn’t have to be carried anywhere – the indoor air handler will use the fan to blow warm or cool air directly into your space, using only the heat transfer from the moving refrigerant. There aren’t any ducts for air to leak out of, so you’re not wasting the heating and cooling that’s costing you money.
Think of HVAC as a vehicle. Central systems are like city driving and will start and stop to maintain the temperature of a home. Ductless systems are more like highway driving and will increase or decrease the fan speed to control your home comfort. Just like highway driving is more efficient and gets you more miles per gallon of gas, ductless systems don’t need as much energy to “go the same distance,” so to speak.
Another great way that ductless mini splits help you save energy is by helping to control the humidity in your home without a separate dehumidifier. Not only does high humidity make your home feel hotter and more uncomfortable, it can also promote the growth of mold and mildew inside your walls and floors.
Many ductless models come with a “dry mode” that can be operated with or without cooling to remove excess moisture from your home’s air, so you can breathe easy again. This also helps keep your air quality in balance, which is important since people are spending more time indoors inside their homes than ever before.
Your ideal humidity at home is somewhere between 30% and 50% according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Where you land depends on your personal comfort and any health conditions you may have. For example, people with asthma, sleep apnea, or COPD may struggle more when air is hotter and more humid and may prefer lower humidity settings.
Because of their capacity to cut down on energy use, ductless mini splits are one of the best ways to save money on your ongoing heating and cooling costs. When you switch to ductless, not only are you reducing your electric bills, you’re getting cleaner air and better home comfort.
To learn more, contact us by dialing (845) 289-8532 or by filling out our short contact form and we’ll get in touch with you to set up a time for a ductless installation assessment.