Ductless air conditioners are a newer technology. If you haven’t heard of them yet, they are worthwhile to look into. Often, manufacturers and HVAC professionals talk about how these units use less energy to cool your space and can therefore save you money on utilities. You might wonder exactly how much energy they use as compared to central air units and window air conditioners. We have some answers for you.
What is a Ductless Air Conditioner?
First, it is beneficial to understand what a ductless air conditioner is and how it can accomplish these energy savings. Essentially, it is an air conditioner with an indoor and outdoor unit, like a central air conditioner. Except, it doesn’t use a duct system to send cool air throughout the home. Instead, one unit can serve a whole home, or more can be placed in larger homes to better distribute the cool air.
You can see that ductless air conditioners already have the advantage that they don’t need to have a powerful fan system to distribute their cold air, which means they need to use less energy for this task. They are also often more efficient at creating cool air too.
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How Much Electricity Do Ductless Air Conditioners Use?
The exact amount of electricity that your ductless air conditioner uses will depend on the specific unit that you use and how your temperature settings compare to the temperature outside. That said, ductless air conditioners are more efficient than in-window and central air systems.
For example, ductless air conditioners use 30% less energy than a forced-air system that uses ducts to distribute the cold air. Assuming you’ll keep your settings the same, switching to a ductless air conditioner can potentially save you that 30% in energy costs immediately.
The wattage that your ductless air conditioner will use may range from 560 watts to 800 watts. If you’re curious about exactly how much energy the specific unit you’re considering will use, you can take a look through the manufacturer’s guides. However, keep in mind that the R-value of your home, or how well it retains cold air and insulates from the outside heat, may demand more or less energy from the air conditioner.
Another thing to consider when assessing how much energy your ductless mini-split will use is that you can use them for zone cooling. You can choose to cool only a specific part of your home, using less energy while staying comfortable in the part of your home you are currently in.
Are you considering your options to be more energy efficient? A ductless air conditioner is a way to improve your HVAC efficiency in your home. To learn more, contact our experts at Advantage Airtech ClimateCare today.