You may have seen ductless air conditioning in the past, but maybe you weren’t even sure what exactly it was. If you have noticed a unit up on the wall of a room that looks like a sleeker version of a window AC–or even on the floor of a hotel room or Dr. office, this is likely the air handler of a ductless mini-split heat pump system.
Ductless systems work through these independently operated air handlers, each of which connects to a single outdoor unit, where heat from your home is exhausted. A ductless system is essentially like a central air conditioner, but with the indoor component divided into smaller parts that send air directly into the living space rather than using ductwork.
Ductless systems have become increasingly popular in homes throughout the country, and for a number of reasons. Read on as we uncover some of the best reasons for you to consider going ductless this year.
You Get Effective Cooling and Heating
You might be wondering why we’re even still talking about air conditioning installation when we only have a month of summer left. Well, it’s because this air conditioner also serves as an effective heater!
It operates on heat pump technology, meaning that in the summertime it removes heat from your home and uses refrigerant to bring in cool air. But in the wintertime, that refrigerant process is reversed and it’s able to heat your home.
You Get Zoned Cooling and Heating
Each of the air handlers, typically wall-mounted in your ductless system network, is capable of functioning separately from the others. You can use remotes for the units to turn on only the air handler(s) you need. This gives you climate zoning in your house, which reduces energy use and helps create a more even spread of comfort.
You Save Energy
The zone control function is just one way that a ductless system helps lower energy costs in your home. Ductless heat pumps use smaller motors than conventional heat pumps or air conditioners, meaning they consume less power.
Additionally, the lack of ductwork boosts energy efficiency, as there is no loss or gain of heat or air conditioning along the length of the ductwork. Plus, you don’t need to spend money on duct cleaning or ductwork repairs!
Ductless Systems are Flexible
Ductless systems are popular for new home construction and remodeling because they remove the hassle of trying to fit ductwork into the space. This makes them ideal for vintage homes that were built without the addition of central heating or cooling. You don’ need to try to have ductwork installed or make any big renovations to your home to accommodate.
Going Ductless Improves Indoor Air Quality
One of the drawbacks of ducted air conditioners and heaters is that they collect allergens like dust and dander, plus other debris, that is hard to remove. When your blowers come on, a concentration of these pollutants billow out into your living space.
But since ductless systems don’t have any ductwork to collect pollutants, this helps keep the air cleaner. This can make a huge difference for households that have members with allergies and asthma.