If you are a homeowner in the Largo, Florida area, then you know how high your energy bills can get throughout the year. Generally, the end of the year to the first few months of the year, bring some relief. However, this past season saw unseasonably warm temperatures across much of the country, with Florida continuing to experience high temperatures. Many of us continued to rely on our air conditioners well into December. If you are trying to reduce your use of your energy bills, there are several things you can do. One option is a ductless mini-split system which provides the same air conditioning power as a traditional air conditioning system, but with 30 percent less energy usage. If you are looking to add extra comfort while saving some money, check out these benefits of a ductless mini-split.
Instead of traditional ductwork in the basement, attic, ceilings, and walls, ductless mini-splits use a short, narrow, copper tubing to connect the indoor unit to the outdoor outside condenser. You receive conditioned air directly from the indoor air handler. As a result, they are easy to install. The indoor unit generally hangs from the ceiling or is attached to the wall, near the ceiling.
Ductwork causes problems, especially if there are leaks, holes, or disconnected sections. In fact, these issues result in loss of as much of 20 percent of the air that passes through the ductwork in the typical home. Going ductless eliminates this inefficiency and provides comfort to every room in the home without the need for window units.
Ductless mini-splits are very cost-effective, especially in comparison to traditional units, because they only use the minimum amount of energy necessary to cool the room to the right temperature. Just the right level of air conditioning is provided for that particular room or area. This more efficient use of energy can result in reduced energy consumption and substantial savings on energy bills. Another advantage of these systems is their ability to provide just the right level of comfort via their variable-speed compressors.
Sometimes older homes suffer from shoddy construction or HVAC systems that have simply fallen into disrepair, leaving you to foot the bill for their inefficiency. These homes often use window air conditioners or other highly inefficient systems to cool the home. By installing a mini-split, you can easily replace window units to provide the temperature you need.
Because of their amazing efficiency, mini-splits use far less energy than other systems. Their Energy Star label endorses their superior performance and efficiency, and also reflects the fact that these systems are better for the environment.
With traditional central air conditioners, temperatures in the entire house are controlled by just one thermostat. Ductless mini-splits provide controls for each unit. That way, if you are only using one section of the house, you can set the thermostat based on your preference without affecting temperatures in other areas of the house. This clearly helps situations where there are persons with different temperature preferences. It is also beneficial when sections of the house have different air conditioning requirements, for example, rooms on upper or lower levels, that become either too hot or too cold. This zoning system helps save energy and keeps you cool at the same time.
Improved Air Quality
Unless you diligently clean your air conditioner, your indoor air quality suffers. It is very important to schedule routine maintenance and have your HVAC system cleaned, including the outside condenser and indoor evaporator coils of the air conditioner. If left untreated and dirty, your unit can blow bacteria, mold, and dust into your home. Ductless mini-splits, on the other hand, are equipped with very efficient filtration systems that drastically reduce these contaminants so you have fresher, cleaner air.
Perhaps one of the best features of ductless mini-splits is that they are very quiet systems. Central air conditioners produce a louder blast of air, in addition to the sounds made when the unit turns on. Window units can also be loud enough to be very distracting. When turned on, mini-splits produce only a low hum, which is easily drowned out. You will no longer have to deal with the constantly changing noise levels or have to adjust the volume on your entertainment systems every time the air conditioning system cycles on or off.
Ductless mini-splits can make living a little more comfortable without putting a strain on your wallet. The largest financial impact is the initial installation cost, but the break-even point comes sooner rather than later. Whether for heating or cooling power, if you are thinking of making the transition to a ductless system, call 727-470-6803 to speak with the professionals at United Air Conditioning, today.
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