Ductless mini split heat pumps first became popular in restaurants, where they not only eliminate the need for space-consuming ductwork construction, but allowed the restaurant to save money by only heating and cooling areas that required it. Ductless heating has since crossed over into the residential world, and many homeowners have enjoyed the benefits of these systems, which include reductions on energy bills.
Customers looking into installing a ductless mini split heat pump often ask about the savings they provide. A common question is how quickly a ductless system will affect heating bills. We’ll address how the energy saving qualities of installing ductless heating in Lynnwood, WA work. For more information, and to learn if your home will benefit by going ductless, call the Puget Sound heating and cooling professionals at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc.
What to expect in heating bill reduction when you go ductless
To answer the question in the title of the post: No, a ductless system will not automatically reduce your heating bills. The savings you receive from a ductless mini split heat pump comes from two sources: one depends on how you control the heat pump, and the other is more long term.
Ductless systems use individual blower units installed throughout a house to directly send the conditioned air into rooms. You can control each blower separately, so you do not need to condition rooms that aren’t being used. This is where the main savings of a ductless system appear: heating (and cooling) your house is no longer an all-or-nothing proposal, but can be controlled individually. These savings aren’t automatic—you need to control the system yourself—but they can be substantial.
The second source of savings comes from the lack of ducts. Ductwork sometimes needs repairs, and unless ducts receive regular cleaning to remove dust and dirt, they will reduce the efficiency of your heater. Over the long term, a ductless system will need fewer repairs and suffer less loss of heating efficiency.
Find out how ductless heating can work for you
If your home already has a system of ducts, choosing to go ductless isn’t necessarily the best step. You can have a zone control system installed into your existing ducts to provide the benefits of locally controlled temperatures. But if you are adding on to your home, or building a new one, ductless mini split heat pumps should be at the top of your list of choices for heating and cooling.
Talk to our Lynwood, WA ductless heating experts at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. today to learn about the possibilities of going ductless for your next installation.