Ductless Technology Advantages
More homeowners across America are discovering the advantages ductless air conditioners and heat pumps deliver. When measured up against common central air conditioning units, mini splits provide such benefits as:
- Versatility: Providing reliable cooling and heating for single rooms or small spaces, ductless technology is whisper quiet, highly efficient and simple to install.
- Lower Utility Costs: With their point-of-use capabilities, ductless air handlers provide comfort without the thermal loss so commonly associated with a ducted system. The advanced inverter technology found in ductless equipment delivers some of the highest SEER ratings in the industry.
- Enhanced Comfort: The ductless design’s zoning ability save energy while enhancing comfort. It enables tailored temperature control in every room.
Getting the most from a ductless heat pump or air conditioner requires selecting the right equipment for your home or office. Qualified Mitsubishi Electric contractors will run comprehensive ACCA Manual J calculations to determine the specific load for each room in a building. Equipment recommended will precisely match the calculated requirement to ensure efficiency and proper comfort even during extreme weather. “Rule of thumb” calculations result in improper sizing that can degrade equipment performance and humidity control while compromising comfort.
Choosing a Contractor
No matter how high quality air conditioning or heating equipment happens to be, your installing contractor will play a big role in how well it performs, how efficiently it operates and how long it lasts. Experienced, licensed and highly trained contractors deliver the expertise required to keep ductless air conditioning and heating equipment running at peak levels longer.
Here are just a few things to consider before selecting a contractor:
- Specialty: It’s not uncommon for HVAC companies to specialize in a particular area, such as commercial, new construction or retrofit services. Hiring a contractor whose skillset matches the required need can result in a more desirable outcome.
- Screening: Take the time to ask for and check contractors’ references and referrals.
- Licensing: Make sure the contractor you hire is licensed, bonded and insured. It’s also a good idea to inquire about standing with the Better Business Bureau.
Understanding SEER Ratings
SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio is a standard used to make it easy to compare the cost of operating different makes and models of air conditioning equipment. Replacing a 10 SEER AC unit put into use in the early 2000s with a higher-efficiency 16 SEER unit can produce savings of up to 60 percent on cooling costs.
Tips for Saving Energy
Changing a few habits and making a couple upgrades to a home can drastically lower monthly heating and cooling bills. These tips can help:
- Cover those windows: Closing blinds and drapes during the hottest part of the day can cut cooling costs. Opening them up on sunny winter days can help with heating expenses, too.
- Change out your light bulbs: Traditional lights create 10 percent light and 90 percent heat. Compact fluorescents or LED bulbs are more efficient and don’t heat up rooms.
- Get some shade: Planting shade trees to reduce the effects of western and southern sun exposure can cut cooling costs.
- Increase thermostat settings: Simply raising a thermostat by one degree during the summer can lower energy usage by as much as 5 percent.
- Enhance insulation: In homes built before the year 2000, an insulation upgrade can save up to 30 percent on annual cooling and heating costs with a payback time that’s less than five years.
- Consider going ductless: Ductless heat pumps and air conditioners eliminate the energy waste so often found in ducted, central systems.
Repair or Replace
No matter how well it’s cared for an air conditioner will eventually have to be replaced. Although there’s no rule of thumb for equipment longevity, it’s generally recommended that replacement be considered around the eight to 10-year mark. If it’s time to consider a new system, our Mitsubishi Electric contractors would be happy to talk with you about the cutting-edge technology delivered by ductless HVAC systems.