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How a Ductless Mini-Split Can Cut Heating Costs This Winter

As much as 30 percent of the conditioned air your HVAC system produces is lost before it reaches the vents. Thirty percent just -- POOF! -- gone. Some of that loss can be attributed to leaks in the ducts, but there is also the simple fact that warm air cools and cool air warms as it travels from Point A to Point B.

That means the comfort you’re paying a premium for -- heating and cooling is the average homeowner’s single largest utility expense -- is being lost to the attic, basement or crawlspace.

Fortunately, there’s an alternative to conventional ducted central air systems. Ductless mini-splits bypass ducts, delivering warm or cool air directly from the source, improving your comfort and saving you money.

How a Ductless Mini-Split Works

A mini-split heat pump consists of an outdoor compressor and an indoor air-handling unit. These two units are linked together by the conduit containing refrigerant tubing, a power cable, suction tubing, and a condensate drain. The indoor appliance mounts flush against a wall. Multiple indoor units can be connected to a single outdoor compressor for zoned comfort control.

Maximizing Your Energy Efficiency

Compared to conventional electric heating systems, a ductless mini-split is extremely efficient at using energy and producing heat. Models with the Energy Star label can cut heating costs by half, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Combin a ductless system with a smart thermostat and you’ll further maximize energy savings.

After it is installed, you can leave your current heating system as a backup or remove it entirely. If the alternative is electricity or propane heat, mini-splits are significantly more efficient to use as your main heat source.

However, just like your standard HVAC system, a ductless mini-split will require routine maintenance to keep it operating at peak efficiency. With the right maintenance services, your mini-split system can provide years of comfort at a fraction of the cost.

We’re experts in the sizing and installation of ductless mini-splits. To schedule an appointment, call (503) 683-7077.

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