July 11, 2017
For many builders and property managers, the biggest reason to switch to a ductless heating and cooling system is the overall ultimate cost savings. Trane® is seeing ductless systems coming into major awareness and acceptance across the country and no doubt the energy efficiency and cost savings is driving up the popularity. As energy costs rise around the country, along with increased consumer awareness and commitment to energy efficiency, we are seeing more and more ductless systems installed. About 60 percent of the units installed currently supplement an existing traditional HVAC system especially in older buildings without room for expanded duct work, and 40 percent are going into new construction projects to be the primary air conditioning or heating.
Energy Star & Tax Credits
Energy Star® certified products can further cut costs, and all Trane ductless units have this important designation from the Environmental Protection Agency.
In addition to the savings on utility costs, businesses (and homeowners) are often eligible for tax credits and utility rebates for installing a ductless system. There are many programs at the federal, state and local level to take advantage of additional savings.
In addition to saving money on utilities, homeowners may also be eligible for tax credits or utility rebates for the year they install a ductless system. There are many programs at the federal, state and local level that allow homeowners and businesses to take advantage of these additional savings.
SEER stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio and measures the amount of energy a cooling system uses compared with the amount of cooling it provides. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the system is. Baseline SEER ratings start as low as 13 SEER, and now go as high as 21. Federal regulations determine by region the SEER minimum standard and you should discuss your requirement with your local HVAC contractor. As an example, Florida, land of air conditioners, requires a minimum standard air conditioning SEER of 14.
Each point of a SEER rating translates to upto a 10 percent energy reduction increase. So that means a 38 SEER systems operational cost is approx..70 percent less than one of a 14 SEER rating!
Trane ductless systems range from 16-38 SEER.
Ductless systems are incredibly common in Europe and Asia, where buildings are older and design aesthetics are different. US consumers aren’t used to seeing floor or wall mounted units, and seem to prefer barely noticeable vented systems. However, ductless systems are becoming more common as the installed costs have come down and many of the units are either concealed or esthetically pleasing now. And with the remarkable energy cost-savings, they are becoming much more desirable.
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And if ductless isn’t right for you, Trane® has a host of other offerings available here.