In recent years, many Bay Area homeowners have replaced central heat systems with what is known as a ductless mini split heating system. These systems have been around for a while, and up until a few years ago were primarily used to heat small spaces such as dorm rooms or apartments. However, homeowners are beginning to “see the light” when it comes to the benefits of a ductless heating system. Here’s a bit of information you will hopefully find interesting and informative.
How does a ductless system work?
Basically a heat pump, the ductless mini-split is installed in the room you want to heat. Most common is a ductless system that is installed on an interior wall; this unit extends to the outside, with the portion outdoors absorbing thermal energy from the air to heat the room when the unit is turned on. With this type of system, a unit is installed in each room you want to heat.
Benefits of a ductless heating system for homeowners
One of the biggest advantages of using a ductless mini split system to heat and cool your Bay Area home is you avoid the loss of conditioned air through duct leaks, because the system is ductless. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, up to 30% of forced air systems that use ductwork to circulate air through a home lose conditioned air due to duct leaks. This means a huge waste of not only energy, but money spent on utility costs. With a ductless system, each room has its own thermostat, so you control the temperature in each room. Central heat/air units that use a single thermostat to control the entire home often use more energy not only due to duct leaks, but because a single unit is trying to heat/cool the entire home.
If you’re considering a ductless mini-split system for your home, give Ortiz Heating & A/C a call today! Regardless of the type of heating and cooling system you want to install in your Bay Area home, we are the experts who care about your air.