Owning a home can be stressful due to the different updates you will need to make over time. From replacing your exterior siding and mowing the lawn to installing new windows and repairing loose roofing shingles, these tasks are essential to your home's value, appeal, and function. Focusing on your heating and cooling system is also important, since it is a large source of your home's energy use. Traditional systems utilize ductwork to move conditioned air, but an estimated 30 percent of this air is lost through holes and seams in the ductwork. Thankfully, opting for a ductless mini-split system is smart for preventing the loss of conditioned air. You may understand a ductless system is more energy efficient, but you may find these other benefits surprising.
To understand how a ductless system improves your comfort level, you will need to understand how the system works.
During installation, copper lines connect one outdoor unit to multiple indoor units inside the home. These indoor units are mounted to the walls or ceiling of your home. Each unit will control a specific zone of your house. In addition, each unit can be set at its own specific temperature.
Utilizing these wall or ceiling-mounted units allows you to create customized temperatures in different zones of your house. This not only improves your family's comfort, but also turning off units in rooms that are not used a lot will help reduce waste even further.
Improved Air Quality
In traditional systems, conditioned air is moved from the outdoor unit into your home. Unfortunately, dirt, dust, mold, and other allergens are also moved from the outdoors into your home through the ductwork. These allergens decrease the appeal of your home while also increasing your risk of allergies.
A mini-split system does not require ductwork to move conditioned air into your home, so utilizing the system will improve your indoor air quality. By removing allergens in your home, you and your family will have less nasal, eye, skin, and respiratory irritations. If you are a part of the 50 million Americans who suffer with allergies, installing a ductless mini-split system to heat and cool your home is smart.
Improved Finances and Home Value
You should already know that a ductless system will reduce your home's total energy usage, but you may not be familiar with the financial savings of installing this efficient system.
Heating and cooling a home costs $875 per year for the average homeowners, so consider installing a ductless mini-split system to decrease these costs by an estimated 30 percent.
Investing in this energy efficient system will not only save you money on your heating and cooling bills. Many home buyers search for homes that offer eco-friendly, energy-efficient upgrades. Since these are desired options, installing a ductless mini-split system in your home will make it more appealing and valuable to buyers if you ever need to sell your home.
Unfortunately, the cost of installing a ductless mini-split system may seem alarming. Removing the elements of your traditional system will need to be completed during the installation of your mini-split system. This process is time-consuming and laborious, which is why the installation cost may seem high. Thankfully, you will receive a tax credit after installing this efficient system in your home. After installation, ask your contractor for a federal and state tax credit form.
From energy savings and improved comfort to reduced allergens and enormous financial savings, the benefits of a ductless mini-split system are easy to see. Using this guide and the help of your contractor, you will understand how this energy efficient update will improve the environment, your home, your health, and your finances.