Considering Ductless Mini Splits? Make Sure Your Choice Is Environmentally FriendlyIt's almost summertime in south Florida and when the temperature goes up, you'll be thankful for your air conditioner. If one or more rooms in your house require the use of a window air conditioner unit, you're probably watching your electric bill go up along with the rising summer temperatures. Ductless mini splits may be a more energy efficient and effective option.

Ductless mini splits air condition a room without ductwork by connecting an outdoor air compressor to an indoor air handling unit through a small conduit. Up to four indoor units can be attached to a single outdoor air compressor. Each indoor unit has its own thermostat so you only have to cool rooms that you're using.

As the name implies, there are no ducts in these types of systems. As a result, you won't experience energy loss due to leaks in ductwork like traditional systems. This adds up to savings for you, as ductwork loss accounts for up to 30 percent of the energy consumption with traditional A/C systems.

Mini splits are also more energy efficient than window units. They do require an indoor handling unit, but this equipment can be mounted on the ceiling, hung on a wall or stand on the floor. Upgrading to this type of system may qualify you for a tax credit, which could offset some of the cost.

Ductless mini splits  are more environmentally friendly than other A/C options, since they use R410a refrigerant. Compared to previous refrigerants like R22, R410a is less toxic, doesn’t damage the ozone, is nonflammable and has superior heat transfer with very little noise. The non-corrosive liquid operates under high pressure and requires less than other refrigerants.

For more information about ductless mini splits and other home comfort issues, please feel free to contact our experts at Robert R. McGill Air Conditioning. We've been serving south Florida since 1979.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Palm Beach County, Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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