Temperatures are just beginning to mellow out a bit. Perhaps you’ve already stopped using your air conditioner on a regular basis for the season. How’s that AC doing? Is it in good shape or is it aging and requiring a lot of repairs?
If it’s the latter, you may be in the position of considering an AC replacement. If you are, we encourage you to consider going ductless! There are a number of benefits to doing so, which we’ll cover below.
About Ductless Systems
There are a number of advantages to going ductless, but first, it’s important to understand what that means. As the name suggests, ductless air conditioning and heating systems do not require ductwork to function.
Instead, a ductless system is comprised of a single outdoor unit connected to up to 4 indoor air handlers, which can be controlled independently of each other. These air handlers are connected to the outdoor unit via a conduit that contains the power cord, refrigerant, and a condensate line.
The most important difference between a ductless system and a traditional central air conditioner is that a ductless system operates on heat pump technology. This means that the direction the refrigerant flows can be reversed, so it can both cool and heat your home. This results in:
Since ductless heating and cooling systems do not rely on ductwork to pump air throughout the home and instead use individual air handlers, this eliminates the risk of losing conditioned air through damaged ductwork.
Since you aren’t wasting energy, your energy bills will be less. Additionally, ductless systems do not generate heat like a more traditional furnace does, when in heating most. Instead, it transfers the. This uses less power and again, positively impacts your energy bills.
Environmentally Friendly Functionality
Since ductless heating is so much more efficient than a furnace in the wintertime, ductless systems consume less energy overall.
Also, since ductless air conditioning and heating systems use air handlers and not a ductwork system, you can decide to shut certain units off to only cool or heat the rooms you’re currently using. This saves energy and helps keep your AC and heating use eco-friendly, too.
Since the air handlers are individualized, they can each be set to whatever temperature you and your family would like. This means different rooms can be set to different comfort levels. So if you need to lower the temperature near your kitchen while you’re cooking but that back bedroom can be a bit warmer for its occupants, then that’s not a problem.
Ductless systems are best for climates with hot summers and mild winters. Therefore, they’re best for climates just like ours! We don’t always need the most powerful heating system out there, but we do need effective cooling for a good majority of the year. Ductless systems help with both causes, ensuring you don’t spend more than you really need to heating your home but that you cool it effectively and efficiently as well.