Ductless systems go by a few different names. You may have heard them called split systems, mini-split systems, or multi-split systems, but these terms refer to essentially the same type of unit. These systems consist of an outdoor compressor connected to either one or multiple indoor “heads” that cool or heat specified zones or rooms in your home. Though there are numerous ways to modulate your home’s temperature, our experience in the HVAC industry has taught us that there are many benefits of ductless HVAC systems. Here are four of the best ones.
Increased Efficiency and Reduced Costs
When we’re talking about HVAC systems, efficiency is very important. Since heating and cooling costs are typically a homeowner’s largest energy expense, making adjustments that enhance efficiency can have a big impact on your wallet. With some air conditioners, about a third of the air that’s produced can be lost in the ducts. Ductless systems avoid this major inefficiency, meaning a big chunk of your energy bill won’t go toward cooling air you didn’t even get to enjoy.
Improved Air Quality
Since mattress companies constantly remind us that we spend a third of our lives in bed, we feel it’s also important to stress the amount of time we spend in our homes. As counterintuitive as it surely sounds to some readers, the evidence is in: indoor air quality is often worse–and sometimes much worse–than outdoor air quality. This should alarm us. Fortunately, you can help alleviate this concern, since the typical grime, dust, and dirt that accumulate on ductwork aren’t a concern with a ductless system.
“Green” and “Eco-friendly” are buzzwords these days, but that doesn’t mean we should tune them out. When given the choice between two similar products, it’s clear why so many people select the one that has less impact on the earth. This is yet another reason why ductless systems have so much value. Generating electricity is often harmful to the environment, and ductless HVAC systems use a minimal amount of electricity to do their job. In addition to the reduction in electricity usage, ductless systems also use a more eco-friendly type of refrigerant.
Ductless systems afford you a great deal of flexibility. Putting an addition on your home and don’t want to go through the hassle of extending ductwork to reach the new rooms? Refurbishing an older home without sufficient space for ductwork? These are both common opportunities in which people enjoy the benefits of ductless systems. You can also use the thermostat for each indoor “head” unit to ensure your system only works when you want it to, saving you money. With only a few pieces, ductless systems are thankfully pretty easy to get up and running.
Ready to make the switch to a ductless HVAC system? Good choice!
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