When most people think of an air conditioner, they either think of bulky window units or big central air systems. But there’s a third home cooling option that may just be the most cost-effective solution for you: a ductless air conditioning system.
Ductless (or “mini-split”) systems include two components: an indoor air handler and an outdoor compressor, which connect via thin tubing through an exterior wall. A single compressor can power multiple air handlers of different sizes, giving you a wide range of possible configurations that can be mixed and matched to meet the cooling needs of your home.
Four ways a ductless A/C could save you money
Why are ductless systems such a great option for energy- and cost-conscious homeowners? Four big reasons:
They don’t have ducts. Ducts leak – a lot. In fact, up to 30 percent of the air meant to cool rooms never reaches them because of ductwork holes and gaps. Since a ductless system has no ducts, efficiency is higher – and you’ll save money on duct repairs, too.
They’re designed for efficiency. Ductless air conditioning systems have SEER ratings that can reach well into the 20s – something no window A/C or central air system can match.
They use less power than central air systems. In a ductless system, air handlers use less power than their counterparts in a whole-house forced air system.
It’s easy to set up high efficiency cooling zones. Since individual air handlers operate independently – with each unit having its own thermostat – you can have precision control over how you “spend” your cold air. This is a particular money-saver in a large home.
The bottom line
With high efficiency operation and oodles of flexibility, a ductless system can be a great option for many Staten Island or New Jersey homes. Yet despite all these advantages, ductless isn’t the ideal option for every home: if your current house already has a large ventilation system installed, for example, switching to ductless probably doesn’t make much financial sense.
However, for homes that have recently been expanded or have rooms outside the main house, a ductless system could be ideal. Simply mount the air handler, connect it to the compressor, and you’re ready to go with A/C for your sunroom, home office, workshop, garage, or guesthouse.
If you aren’t running ductless yet, you could be missing out on savings – especially now: for a limited time, install one Fujitsu electric indoor ductless mini-split head and you’ll get the second one FREE!* Contact Rucci today to learn more about ductless mini-split installations in NJ or SI.
* Offer valid for one standard heat pump compressor, with 2 Fujitsu electric ductless mini-split heads. Rucci will deduct the cost of one A/C head unit when installation of both units is done at the same time; anticipated value: $1,250