Finding a home that requires the same amount of cooling and heating throughout is a challenge. In fact, it’s probably impossible. Basements, attics, first floors, second floors, fronts, backs – all have unique needs based on the home’s size, windows, facings, insulation, doors and even the home’s position towards the sun. In the past, it has been difficult to mitigate these differences. Homeowners were simply forced accept the fact that some areas of the house would be comfortable, while others would not.
When the only option for modern cooling and heating was a ducted central HVAC system, the reality of the uncomfortable home was normal. In recent years, however, there have been significant advances in cooling and heating, including zoning.
A zoned home is divided into segments based on each area’s need for conditioning. Rather than relying on a single unit to cool or heat the entire property, multi-zoned homes utilize a network of small, energy efficient units and thermostats to send the right amount of conditioned air to each zone. This allows homeowners to have room-by-room control.
Homes that can benefit from zoned systems include:
The number of zones a home can benefit from will depend on its size and layout. In some cases, a single zone can cool or heat an entire floor. In others, a multi-room system would be used to divide the home up into several temperature control zones. The greatest benefit of zoning is the level of customization that can be achieved. You can cool and heat only the zones in use, which not onlyimproves personal comfort, but reduces overall energy consumption and costs.
While ducted HVAC systems can be “zoned”, they never quite achieve the same level of customization and precise control that is possible with a ductless system. When every segment of the house is manageable by its own unit, it means that every room of the home and every family member in the home can achieve total comfort, no matter what time of day or time of year
Central air and other similar ducted systems are catch-all heating solutions that lack the precision and control of their ductless counterparts. When a forced air system works to cool or heat your home, you have little control over where that air goes. This means that vacant rooms are getting the same amount of energy and service as your favorite spots in the house.
It’s wasteful, inefficient and expensive to cool or heat the basement storeroom the same way you cool or heat the kitchen or bedroom. But a ducted system doesn’t allow for that kind of precise control. So the cold or warm air flows throughout your home and you see the results of this inefficiency on your utility bill every month.
How can you target the specific rooms you use the most and divert some of the energy and costs from the ones you don’t?
There are several ways that traditional systems fall short:
Would you like to get back in control in less than two days? An easy-to-install ductless system has proven technology that is far more energy efficient than traditional HVAC and up to 40 percent more efficient than window units.
Here’s a how a ducted system works inefficiently; it notices that the temperature is, for example, two degrees higher than what it ought to be. It turns on, works frantically to pump cool air throughout the home and when it senses the temperature has lowered, it shuts off. Gradually, the space warms again.
On the other hand, the Mitsubishi Electric ductless system uses an INVERTER-driven compressor to provide exact control 100 percent of the time. They constantly adjust to even the slightest temperature changes in the room so that it doesn’t fluctuate – and they don’t waste money or energy on the zones where you spend little time.
The ductless unit is installed to deliver room-by-room comfort in the spaces you choose. The majority of your cooling and heating energy (and money) goes where you need it, and not where you don’t. In this way, you get personalized comfort in the rooms you use most. This is known as “zone control”.
Most ductless systems have earned the ENERGY STAR, which means savings as they operate, as well as applicable ENERGY STAR rebates. Some units are eligible for state or federal tax credits, or local utility discounts. The biggest long-term savings comes from using a system that works efficiently. According to the ENERGY STAR website(link is external), “Replacing your system with an ENERGY STAR certified model could cut your heating and cooling costs by 30 percent.”
Big or small, no matter where you live, outdated technology costs more to operate. Ducted systems work round-the-clock sending cold or warm air to vacant rooms and they also use unnecessary energy as the temperature naturally fluctuates. INVERTER-driven compressors in ductless systems ensure the optimal efficiency of the energy they expend; you save even more by concentrating your temperature control efforts in only the rooms that matter.
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