Homeowners who are interested in installing a ductless heating and cooling system, and those who already have, are probably aware of the environmental benefits of these systems.
When it comes to the environmental impact of ductless or mini-split heating and cooling systems, it doesn’t stop at being energy efficient. Many manufacturers of these pieces of home machinery are dedicated to lowering their overall environmental impact and work hard to be future-forward companies dedicated to employee and community well-being.
For example, some manufacturers are utilizing energy-saving technologies to limit the amount of CO2 they emit, while others are increasing air quality by decreasing the number of harmful emissions during manufacturing of ductless heating and cooling systems.
Although we’d rather avoid wildfires altogether, they are a natural occurrence in the Pacific Northwest. These wildfires often emit harmful air particles, increasing concentrations of them both outside and inside homes.
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Ductless Systems Extract Heat
Traditional centralized heating and cooling systems create cool air using energy, meaning that a lot of energy is used during times of the year when heating and cooling systems are working at full blast. In contrast, ductless heating and cooling systems extract heat from the existing interior environment, making them energy-efficient and cost-effective.
The Hidden Environmental Benefits of Ductless Heating and Cooling
From energy efficiency to increased air quality, ductless heating and cooling options allow homeowners to feel good about their whole-home comfort.
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THE PROS OF MINI-SPLIT SYSTEMS:
- They are small in size and flexibility for heating and cooling individual rooms.
- Units can be zoned. Some models can have as many as four indoor air handling units, connected to one outdoor unit. Each zone has its own thermostat, so you only need to condition that space when it is occupied, saving energy and money.
- In some applications, mini-split systems are much easier to install than a traditional central HVAC system. The hook up between the outdoor and indoor units only require about three inch hole through a wall for the conduit. This makes this an ideal unit for conditioning a basement space.
- Since mini-split systems have no duct work, they avoid the energy loss associated with forced air systems.
- Compared with other “add-on” systems, mini splits offer more flexibility in interior design options. Indoor air handlers can be suspended from a ceiling, mounted flush into a drop ceiling, or hung on a wall.
- Mini-split systems offer higher security. These systems only require a small hole in the wall, where window mounted room units are an easy entrance for intruders.
- Trane includes their “Auto Clean” feature on all ductless indoor units. Providing triple filtration, reduces moisture and keeps the air you breath clean.
THE CONS OF MINI-SPLIT SYSTEMS:
- Cost – mini split systems cost approximately 30% more than a traditional forced air equipment.
- Installation calculations, by a reliable contractor are crucial – installers must correctly size each indoor unit and judge the best location for its installation. Over-sized or incorrectly located air-handlers often result in short-cycling, which waste energy and does not provide accurate temperature and humidity control.
- Aesthetics – some do not like the appearance of the indoor components inside the home.
Mini-split systems are a good investment for many commercial structures as well. They allow spot heating and cooling that operates independently of a central system, allowing efficient, economical control for only those occupied areas. With a mini-split zone system, each office can have its own temperature control, eliminating employees arguing over thermostat control.
Daikin offers mid-efficiency and high-efficiency ductless mini-split system options. Contact Wilson Mechanical Service to discuss if this could be a viable alternative for your application.