Heating and cooling costs the average homeowner about $1000 a year according to Energy Star, the Environmental Protection Agency’s energy efficiency program.
Accounting for nearly half of a home’s total energy bill, a homeowner can cut their bills significantly by installing high efficiency heating and cooling systems such as air source heat pumps and ductless mini splits.
Similar technologies, air source heat pumps and ductless mini splits use a refrigerant system consisting of a compressor and condenser to transfer heat from the outside of the home to the interior space. This process can be reversed as well to have a cooling effect on your home in the summer. There is no need for two separate heating and cooling systems; it is both your furnace and air conditioner, so to speak.
An advantage to ductless mini splits is that they are indeed “ductless”. Without the need for ducting or expansive distribution, there is very little energy loss. The system’s energy is distributed directly to the inside space where you want it.
These small, simple-to-install systems work well for retrofits and additions. With low operating costs – air source heat pumps and ductless mini splits are able to produce 1 ½ – 3 times the amount of energy they consume – the systems can also help save homeowners up to 30% on their heating and cooling bills.
To learn more about these technologies, check out Green Dream Group’s in-depth interview with Mark Kuntz of Mitsubishi Heating and Cooling.
Interested in this type of application for your home? Check out Kolenda Heating & Cooling, a company that specializes in residential and commercial heating and cooling services and products in the Grand Forks area, is a frequent installer of air source heat pumps and ductless mini splits. Here is a link to both their website and Facebook page.