Are you considering the addition of a new heating system to your home before winter arrives? Do you also happen to be thinking about your air conditioning options for next spring? If both of these systems are near the ends of their lifespans in your house, then it may be time to consider going ductless.
Also referred to as ductless mini-splits, ductless systems are becoming more and more popular for homeowners. They’re great for keeping households efficiently warm in the winter and nice and cool in the summertime.
Of course, choosing the right HVAC system for your living space can be overwhelming. After all, there are many options out there. We advise that you speak with a trained professional before making any final decisions. Not all homes are candidates for ductless systems, so it’s important to be aware of your individual circumstances before buying a new system. Read on as we delve into this a bit more.
First, What Is a Ductless System, Exactly?
Perhaps you’ve heard the name but never looked into it further. As the name suggests, ductless systems don’t rely on a network of air ducts. Rather, a ductless system uses one outdoor condenser unit which is connected via refrigerant lines to air handlers that are installed throughout your living space.
Ductless systems work much like central air conditioners do, transferring heat from one place to another. A reversing valve is all that’s needed to switch the flow of refrigerant, enabling it to provide your house with exceptional summertime cooling and wintertime heating. To cool the home, the ductless system absorbs heat from indoors and moves it outside. To heat the home, it absorbs heat from outside and moves it indoors.
What Are the Benefits?
A reasonable question! We’ve told you about the setup, but what does it really mean for you? Well, ductless systems provide you with:
Versatility: As we said, ductless systems both heat and cool the home, allowing for year-round comfort. By flipping a switch, the system can switch from “heating mode” to “cooling mode” and vice versa, all depending on the season.
Space-Saving Installation: It bears mentioning that the installation of a ductless system can be a bit costly. Usually, it involves drilling a small hole in the drywall of each room you want an air handler in, and this requires extensive knowledge and training to complete safely and without causing property damage.
But, because the air handlers can be mounted up on the walls, it saves a ton of space. You don’t have to worry about finding room in a closet or in your garage for the indoor unit of your furnace or air conditioner.
Cost Effective: Though upfront a ductless system may be a bit pricier than installing a standard central air conditioner, the cost savings you’ll incur throughout the years will more than make up for this. In heating mode, ductless systems are more efficient than their furnace or boiler counterparts, because instead of generating heat, they transfer heat.