An air conditioner can consume a lot of energy. Therefore, selecting the right air conditioning system can make a big influence on your energy bills. While central air conditioning systems are the most common across the United States, ductless split systems are becoming more popular and gaining ground. So, when it is time to replace an old unit or add a completely new installation, many people are asking which is the better option.
Ductless split systems work much like traditional central air conditioners. However, they have several advantages. Arguably, the biggest of these is that ductless split systems are far more flexible and allow for easy zoning. Depending on the model, a home can install an air handler in up to four different zones or rooms. Each area will have its own thermostat, and you can control how much heating or cooling is needed depending on if those rooms are occupied. This can save energy and money.
Additionally, because a ductless split system does not need ductwork, they are much easier to install. A typical installation will only require a small hole in the wall to run connecting conduits. That said, since they are no ducts, there is also no energy loss that is typical with ductwork. Energy loss from ducts can account for up to 30 percent of your cooling energy costs. This is especially true if the ductwork runs through an unconditioned space, like the attic.
Nevertheless, it is true that a ductless split system does have a slightly higher initial cost. This may put some customer off the idea. But, a ductless split system’s long-term value will likely outweigh the initial investment. A ductless split system can even supplement your existing heating system in the winter.
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