Ductless Mini-Split Systems
The air in most standard homes is conditioned by central systems that include air ducts. This is inefficient because as much as 30% of conditioned temperatures are lost due to attic temperatures and duct leakages. The ducts also add significantly to the cost of these systems.
Green home designs are increasing including ductless mini-split systems that don’t use air ducts. These ultra-efficient systems cost less, are easier to install and require less maintenance. They also do an even better job of dehumidification and cooling, and with SEER ratings of 25 and more, use 50% less energy than standard air-conditioning systems.
Like a central system, the system also has an outdoor condenser and compressor unit. However, instead of it serving one large central air handler inside the home, the compressor and condenser serves multiple small air handlers and individual thermostats that are each located in different parts of the home.
Because ducting is not required, mini-split systems are easier and cheaper to install. Only small holes in the exterior wall are required for the connecting conduits while the indoor units can be free standing or mounted on ceilings or walls.
Mini-split systems are particularly useful in homes that do not have attics or any other spaces to accommodate air ducts, and are the perfect replacement for old-style inefficient window units.
Although already very popular in Europe and other parts of the world, super energy efficient mini-split air conditioning systems are for some reason yet to enjoy the same acceptance in the United States. However, as energy costs rise and homeowners compare the lower costs of installation, mini-split systems might soon become the new normal in green construction and for homeowners who want to help the fight against climate change.
Mini-split air conditioning systems can be seen in some of our green home models. If you would like us to direct you to our nearest model where you will be able to see, touch and feel this green technology, please contact us and we will respond to assist you.
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Marius J Smook – Licensed Real Estate Eco-Broker, LEED AP for HOMES, Home Energy Rater.