Ductless systems are generally more efficient overall. In fact, distribution energy loss in typical forced air systems has been estimated to be as high as 40%, while estimates for energy loss in ductless systems range from 1% to 5%. Whereas typical systems generally cap out at 18 SEER, ductless systems, most of which are ENERGY STAR qualified, Cooper&Hunter ductless systems can achieve up to 23 SEER, greatly reducing utility bills. Additionally, because indoor environments can be managed by individual zone, less energy is wasted heating or cooling unoccupied areas. Thanks to their operational efficiency and zoning capabilities, ductless mini splits waste less energy overall and thus have a smaller carbon footprint. Additionally, all of our newer C&H systems use eco-friendly R410A refrigerant, which doesn't deplete the ozone layer.