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3 Reasons To Go Ductless When It Comes To Heating And Cooling

Freddie Kuhn

If your home runs on electric heat and you are looking for an efficient way to heat and cool your home, you may want to consider installing a ductless heat pump. Often referred to as a mini-split, this type of heating and cooling system is both safe and quiet. If you are considering installing this type of unit, here are three reasons to go ductless when it comes to heating and cooling:

You Can Save Money

It can be expensive to heat your home. In fact, in the United States, the average price per kilowatt-hour (kWh) in 2016 was 12.43 cents. This is compared to just 7.25 cents in 2001. The average-sized household typically spends $2,200 on energy costs in one year, with half of that going toward heating and cooling the home.

These costs are not likely to go down anytime soon, and because of that, many homeowners are considering installing ductless heat pumps. The best heat pump will operate on less power, which can help to reduce your utility bill.

You Can Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Did you know that even while inside your own home, it's possible to breathe in contaminants, which can affect your health? Some of these contaminants include:

  • Carbon dioxide
  • Dust and dust mites
  • Toxic vapors from cleaning supplies
  • Mold, fungus, and other types of microbial contaminants

Many of these contaminants can get trapped inside the duct system, and for those who are allergic to these contaminants, or who have asthma, they can pose a serious health risk. The good news about these heat pumps is that because they are ductless, they can actually improve the air quality inside your home.

You Can Lower Your Carbon Footprint

If you are at all concerned about the environment, then you are probably doing everything you can to lower your carbon footprint. Because they are so energy efficient, installing a ductless heat pump in your home gives you a great opportunity to do just that.

Another reason a ductless system is better for the environment is that it uses R410A (also known as Puron). Since this type of refrigerant does not harm or deplete the ozone, the EPA has required R410A to be used in all types of heating pumps and air conditioning systems as of 2010.

Because you can save money, improve indoor air quality, and lower your carbon footprint, installing a ductless heat pump in your home is a great option.