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Every home, condominium and townhouse has one. It’s impossible to control. The only thing that is predicable about it is its unpredictability. It feels like it costs more than it’s worth. Most homeowners ban their family members from going near it six months out of the year. What is it? The single room that, no matter how hard you wish, hope and try, is always 10 degrees hotter or 10 degrees colder than the rest of the home.
These “hot spots” and “cold spots” can be extremely frustrating for homeowners. Window air conditioners and space heaters can help, but they also cost a lot of money to operate. As a result, most homeowners shut up those rooms in the heat of summer and cold of winter. Closing off access to a den, rec room or even a bedroom is impractical. It reduces living space and can cause frustration among family members.
Thankfully, homeowners need not suffer any longer. Ductless systems can be used to control the temperature of a single room, improving comfort and reducing energy costs. These ductless cooling and heating systems have two main components: an indoor unit that is mounted either on a wall or ceiling and an outdoor unit that houses the condenser. The two components are connected by a small conduit rather than ductwork, and offer cooling and heating in one system, which makes these units easier to install and far more efficient than window ACs or space heaters.
Single-room solutions are effective for homes that have:
Split-ductless systems are ideal for cooling or heating single rooms that get used, but not all the time. Rather than cranking the thermostat up or down to reach a single room, ductless systems can be used to achieve comfort in those spaces only when they are occupied. If no one is in the room, there is no need to pay to cool or heat that area.
If you own a home, you should be able to use each room in that home whenever you want. Shutting off a single room in the winter and summer made sense several decades ago when there was simply no other option. Thanks to home zoning, there is no longer a need to board up livable rooms. Zoned systems provide families with almost unlimited, customizable options that allow them to keep their houses open year-round, without throwing money out the window.
This article and its content are sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric US Inc., Cooling & Heating Division.