Summer is Just Around the Corner
With summer just around the corner, you may have started to think about how expensive cooling your home can be. You may have also asked yourself, are there any alternative options out there that are more energy efficient than traditional central air conditioning systems? The simple answer is, YES.
Ductless Mini Split Systems
More and more people are switching to ductless mini split systems in Connecticut (and throughout the Northeast) to cool and heat (yes, heat) their homes. Mini splits are growing in popularity very fast and are rather simple to install in new and older homes. They also don’t require the all the duct work that tradition central HVAC systems do. They’re energy efficient and an average household can expect to save 100s of dollars annually, when compared to traditional systems.
Believe it or not, this technology has been around since the 60s. They were initially pioneered by Asian manufacturers as a step up from window units. But as the technology developed, these units became more cost efficient and quitter than traditional central air systems. Ductless mini split systems have seen a huge gain in popularity in the United States in the recent years, due in large part to these benefits.
How Does the System Work?
Like all traditional HVAC systems, ductless mini split systems take the heat from inside your home and transfers it to the outside. This is pretty exactly what your refrigerator does when it operates to keep your food cold. The evaporator, which is inside, and condenser, which is outside, work together to transfer and dissipate heat. When used in heating mode, the system simply reverses the process and pumps heat from outside to the inside.
Why are Mini Splits So Much More Energy Efficient?
Ductless gives homeowners more control of their cooling (and heating). You can adjust the temperature on the first floor when you go to bed and turn units off in other rooms, when they’re not in use. They use only the minimum energy required to perfectly match the need for heating or cooling required in your space. With traditional units, it’s typically all or nothing. Having full control of which rooms you can cool or heat is a huge cost savings in itself. Factor in not moving air through expansive ductwork, means your decreasing your energy loss and saving money too.
How Much Money Can You Expect to Save?
Your savings will depend on the how often the system is used and what the original source of heating or cooling is. It’s not uncommon to save north of 25% to 50%, when compared to traditional systems. Most experts can give you a ballpark idea of what you can expect in savings by doing a few simple calculations.
What Homes are Compatible for these Systems?
The simple answer: Almost all homes.
In Connecticut (and throughout New England), the opportunities appear to be endless. We have lots of homes that are well over 100 years old, as well as homes built in the mid to late 1900s. Many of these homes have baseboard or radiator heat and have no ductwork for air conditioning. Ductless mini splits give home owners an easy way to retrofit their homes, without having the cost of tearing apart walls and ceilings. Home owners also get the added benefit of replacing less energy efficient fossil fuel heating systems.
Are Ductless Mini Split Systems Expensive to Install?
When compared to traditional HVAC systems, it can be a minimal to moderate savings. Since installation of these systems is highly customizable, its going to depend on exactly what you require of the system to do. We don’t ever like to mislead our customers by saying “they’re less expensive to install,” because they’re not always. The real savings comes after the installation, which, as mentioned above, can be a reduction of 25% to 50% compared to traditional systems. That in itself is the #1 selling point for most of our customers. There are also big utility rebates available to save you even more money on an installation.
What Deals are Currently Available?
Currently, we are partnered with Energize Connecticut, and offering rebates on ductless mini split systems of up to $1,000 and 2.9% financing for 10 years, with no credit check. These deals are subject to change at any time, so make sure you check with us, so you can plan accordingly.