When comparing Ductless to most traditional Air Conditioning and Heating systems, Ductless wins… hands down.
Comparisons include: Energy Efficiency ratings, Noise, Lifespan, Convenience, Aesthetics, Comfort & Initial installation costs.
Ductless Air Conditioning vs Window A/C Units:
Ductless Heat Pumps are whisper quiet, have very high efficiency ratings and maintain a constant and comfortable room temperature. Unlike window units, ductless systems provide heating also. They blend into the room appearance and practically disappear. Ductless also has a much longer lifespan than window units (15 to 20 years).
Window units are inefficient, heavy to install and remove, loud, they over cool or under cool and you don’t get to look out the window. They warp and rot the window framing, they don’t provide heating and they are an eyesore to you and your neighbors.
Ductless vs Electric Heat:
Ductless Heat Pumps are high efficiency heating systems that can save you 60% or more off your heating costs. Like your electric heaters, you can have one in each room, for total zoned comfort.
Each indoor unit works independently off its own thermostat. Oh yeah… they also provide high efficient cooling.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Connecticut has the highest electricity rates in the United States (https://www.eia.gov/electricity/monthly/epm_table_grapher.php?t=epmt_5_6_a). Most people choose to go on a budget plan and are fooled by a lower monthly bill. Why are they paying for heat in the month of July? If you are heating your home with electric heat, you are grossly overpaying to heat your home… PERIOD! The overpayment on your electric bills can pay for a complete ductless heat pump system and you will still have money left over.
Ductless vs Central Ductwork System:
Ductless air handlers are typically installed in individual rooms, providing independently zoned temperature control in each room. There is no ductwork, so there are no air leaks or smells. The ductless air handler circulates and cleans the air, in the room it is installed. The air continues to circulate at a very low speed so that the room temperature stays at a constant comfortable temperature.
Ductwork is normally installed in hot attics or damp cold basements or a combination of both. According to www.energystar.gov, 20% to 60% of your heating and/or cooling is lost due to air leakage, resulting in higher energy bills, smells from the basement or attic and discomfort. Ductwork systems are usually only one or two zones, heating or cooling the whole first floor, second floor or the whole house, even if you only need it in one room. Many traditional duct systems are the cause of higher utility bills.
Ductless vs Oil Heat:
Ductless Heat Pump electricity costs for the winter season… are typically less than $500 in a 1500 square foot home. You never need to fill up an oil tank or worry about running out of oil. No oil leaks or smells. No soot to clean. Electricity costs do not fluctuate like heating oil. You can keep your oil heat for a backup heating system.
A typical 1500 square foot home will require 2 oil tank fillings per heating season, at an average of $2.25 per gallon. That’s $1,237.50 or more per winter. Most people pay upon the delivery of oil and that can really hurt their wallet. In 2006, heating oil climbed to $5.00 per gallon (One tank of oil cost $1,375) and many homeowners couldn’t afford to fill their tanks.
Ductless vs Gas / Propane Heat:
A Ductless heat pump uses refrigerant in a sealed system and it is used to transfer heat into your home, even when the outdoor temperature drops below -5 degrees F. Refrigerant is NOT a flammable gas. Ductless monthly heating costs are less than natural gas and much less than propane for your home heating. Ductless Heat Pumps also provide cooling (A/C), all in one system.
Many homeowners are afraid of using gas or propane for their heating needs, in fear of an explosion, although gas furnaces and boilers have many safety features. Natural gas prices are typically lower than propane but both of these heating options are often more expensive that Ductless Heating.