Mini-split systems do not require extensive ductwork throughout the home as they are more focused on an individual space. This reduces the strain on the unit because it is not constantly using energy to ensure the whole home is at one stable temperature. This could mean that only the living room air is being conditioned while the other rooms of the home are turned off. Once the individual moves to a different room, they can turn the living room unit off and turn on the one they are heading into. This saves energy costs and effectively allows the mini-split unit to pay for itself over time.
When compared to conventional air conditioning units, mini-splits systems have a SEER rating from 18-30 SEER depending on the unit purchased. Conventional air conditioning systems have a SEER rating from 13-20 SEER. This means a mini-split system can save a homeowner 30-40% on energy costs.
Save Money On Installation Costs:
Installing a conventional AC unit with ductwork quickly adds up. This is especially true for older homes looking to update their units with heating and air conditioning. The high cost is due to ductwork having to be routed along the walls or inside them and having to carefully meet at various points throughout the home. This process takes days to plan and then complete.
A mini-split system, on the other hand, removes this cost by removing the need for extensive ductwork. Each indoor air handler is separately installed room-by-room (depending on the needs of the household) and is then connected through small, 3-inch holes in the wall. This is where the conduits are placed, acting as the communication and transportation center of the conditioning air. Unlike installing ductwork, this process typically takes a day and does not cause strain or structural damage to the building.
Supports Better Air Quality:
Mini-split systems are outfitted with filtration cartridges that capture and eliminate pollutants from your indoor air. These cartridges, unlike traditional HVAC systems, do not require regular maintenance and are fairly simple to take out and wash, or even replace, if worn down.