You’ve heard of ductless air conditioning systems and how they’re becoming more popular each year for homes. They’ve already become the standard for indoor comfort in Japan and Europe, and more homeowners are discovering their benefits every day in the US.
So … should you invest in a ductless AC as a new installation for your home comfort?
It’s a good question, and we’ll need to delve into some facts below to help you understand whether ductless is a good option for your house.
Ductless Cooling AND Heating
Although there are some “cooling only” ductless systems, most are types of heat pumps—and that means that when you install a ductless system for your house, you’re getting both cooling and heating. If you’re looking for a year-round comfort solution for your house, then a ductless system may be ideal.
Ductless Mini Splits
This is how ductless systems work: rather than standard split system air conditioning, where there is a single outdoor unit that connects a single indoor unit hooked up to ductwork, a ductless system has its outdoor unit connect to multiple smaller indoor units. The units are mounted on the walls and house a blower and refrigerant coil, and they send cooled or heated air directly into the room. These wall units are unobtrusive and designed to blend into the decor, and are usually placed high on the wall, often over windows.
Zone Control Features
Because ductless HVAC systems operate through a series of in-room units, they don’t have to cool/heat the entire house whenever the system comes on. The individual room units can be shut off so only the rooms needing comfort receive it. This is a great way to save energy and evenly heat/cool a house.
Flexibility for Older Homes and New Construction
One of the best uses of ductless HVAC systems is for providing central heating and cooling in older homes that don’t have ductwork. Although ductwork can be added to some older homes, it’s often much easier to use the flexibility of a ductless system. For new home construction, ductless systems simplify the design by removing ducts from the process.
Spot Heating and Cooling
Ductless systems don’t have to be an all-or-nothing installation that completely replaces an already existing HVAC system. If your home has spots that are difficult to heat or cool, or you want to convert a room like the garage or attic into a work or living space, you can have ductless mini splits installed for these areas—and you won’t have to make any changes to the rest of the HVAC system.
Ask Professionals About Ductless HVAC Systems
If you have a ductless HVAC system (furnace, AC, heat pump), then going for a complete ductless HVAC overhaul may not be the best as a system replacement—although you may still find ductless systems useful for parts of the house. If you aren’t certain about whether to have a ductless system installed, please talk to HVAC professionals who can help you factor in the various criteria so you’ll make the right choice.
If you’re interested in ductless system installation in Shreveport, LA, talk to our experts.
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