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Are Ductless Mini-Splits Energy-Efficient?

When it comes to saving money on utility bills throughout the year, the name of the game is energy efficiency! While central air has its benefits, you may have heard about the wonders of upgrading to a ductless mini-split system. While mini-splits have their benefits, you have to wonder if the glorious reviews on energy efficiency are worth the hype. We can break down whether you should get a mini-split for energy efficiency or pass.

Energy Usage Varies

It can be challenging to give a blanket answer for every home’s energy usage because everyone uses their appliances differently. Some homeowners do not run their HVAC system throughout the year, and those that crank up the AC the second they feel a brush of warm air hit their face. Energy usage impacts your overall home’s energy efficiency, so while a device can save on energy, you can offset these benefits by using an HVAC system a lot.

That is not to say that some devices are not more energy-efficient than others, but we should note that they have a particular context in mind whenever we discuss energy efficiency. With that in mind, let’s dive in.

All In The Rating

The benefit of mini-splits comes with the flexibility of having several devices across your home instead of central air; that way, you can control temperatures across each room with ease. While mini-splits use less energy to heat and cool homes than traditional central air units, there is a caveat.

Like any device in your home, the quality can vary depending on the manufacturer and product. So always pay attention to the SEER rating on devices. You can have a mini-split, but if it has a low SEER rating, you will not get the best quality HVAC system. Also, keep an eye out for Energy Star ratings to ensure your mini-split works with you to save money on utility bills.

Making The Choice

While energy-efficient central air systems can save you quite a lot on your utility bills, they get edged out by mini-split systems. The power in a mini-split lies in its ability to have zone control that central air just quite can’t achieve. Now, if you debate installing a mini-split system, note that the upfront cost is higher than central air, but the savings are long-term.

If you are having trouble deciding which HVAC system is best for you, at Robinson Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. we are here to help when you call us at (513) 813-5107.