Heating and cooling costs the average homeowner more than $1,000 a year — nearly half the home's total energy bill.
ENERGY STAR certified ductless heating and cooling systems are highly efficient products that deliver warm or cool air directly into different zones in your home, instead of routing it through ducts first. You may also hear them called mini-split, multi-split, or variable refrigerant flow (VRF) heat pump systems. They are an increasingly popular, cost-effective solution to replace inefficient baseboard electric heating and window air conditioners in older homes. They are also used in new construction, home additions, multi-family (condo or apartment) housing, and to improve comfort in poorly heated or cooled rooms.
ENERGY STAR qualified ductless heating and cooling systems:
If you’ve decided that you want to purchase, learn how to hire a contractor and get an ENERGY STAR Quality Installation. Remember, even though ENERGY STAR qualified products can be more expensive to purchase up front, the cost difference will be paid back through lower energy bills.
The installation is relatively straight–forward; many contractors familiar with the technology find it easier to install than traditional heating and cooling systems. However, although this technology is widely used around the world, many contractors in the US are still unfamiliar with it. Be sure to search for a well–reputed contractor familiar with “ductless” or “mini–split” systems—the engineering terminology for mini–split heating and cooling. It may be useful to look for contractor that works in the commercial market as well as the residential market.
Remember to schedule regular maintenance of your heating and cooling system to prevent future problems and unwanted costs.
The easiest way to find a model is to ask a professional installer for an ENERGY STAR qualified model. Be sure to shop around for a well–reputed contractor familiar with “ductless ” or “mini–split ” systems. ENERGY STAR offers tips on how to hire a contractor and get an ENERGY STAR Quality Installation.
A list of ENERGY STAR qualified models is available through an online database maintained by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) and the Air–Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). TIP: click on "Find Variable Speed Mini Split and Multi Split" heat pumps or air conditioners. It is important to know that this directory search engine does not require data to be entered into all of the fields.
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