Are Ductless Mini-Splits Energy Efficient?
Although ductless mini-split AC systems are not a new idea, they’ve only just started gaining popularity here in the US. One of the most common questions we field about ductless mini-splits is about how energy efficient they are relative to other types of AC systems. To answer that, here’s everything you need to know about the energy efficiency of ductless mini-splits.
The Average Efficiency of a Mini-Split
Just like all other air conditioners, the standard measure of ductless mini-split energy efficiency is the SEER rating. According to recently-revised US Department of Energy standards, all air conditions sold here in Centerville must have a SEER rating of 14 or higher as of the beginning of 2023. However, the average mini-split has a SEER rating between 15 and 18, placing them at the high end of the efficiency scale. There are even mini-splits with SEER ratings of 30 or more if you’re willing to pay for an ultra-efficient model.
Other Efficiency Benefits of Mini-Splits
Mini-splits also feature additional built-in efficiency advantages relative to conventional central air conditioning systems. One is that they’re ductless, which helps them avoid the massive energy losses associated with extensive ductwork. According to some estimates, the average central AC system suffers up to a 30% efficiency penalty due to ductwork energy loss. That alone makes mini-splits a more efficient cooling option.
Plus, mini-splits also offer homeowners the option of setting different temperatures in different rooms. That avoids paying for over-cooling a room beyond your comfort needs. And mini-split owners can also turn off the air handlers in the rooms they’re not using, saving even more energy.
Your Mini-Split Experts
If you like what you’ve read about ductless mini-split AC systems and want to know more, High Country HVAC can help. We’re a local HVAC company that’s served residents in and around Centerville since 1986. Our NATE-certified technicians can handle all of your HVAC installation, repair, and maintenance needs. Plus, all our work comes with a one-year, 100% customer satisfaction guarantee and a five-year workmanship guarantee. So, when you work with us, you’ll always have peace of mind.
For ductless mini-splits and all of your other HVAC needs in Centerville, call High Country HVAC today!