Before deciding if ductless is right for you, it’s important to understand what it is. Simply put, a ductless, or mini-split, system has no ductwork. A ductless system includes an outdoor unit and an indoor wall-mounted unit that are connected by tubing and wiring through a shared wall. It provides precise climate control, allowing multiple rooms to be different temperatures.
In contrast, traditional HVAC systems (or central air conditioners) require multiple components, including ducts, piping, and vents throughout the entire home.
Here are 3 reasons to consider installing a ductless system in your home:
Ductless Systems are Easy to Install
It can take weeks to install a traditional, ducted heating or cooling system. This is invasive and disruptive to homeowners and their families but might make the most sense if you want to cool your entire home. In contrast, ductless systems can be installed in as little as one day (depending on the number of units required). The pipes used to attach the indoor and outdoor units only require a 3-inch hole, so homeowners don’t need to worry about further work in rebuilding walls or ceilings.
Ductless Systems Can Save You Money
Ductless systems offer the ability to target one living space or zone, where traditional HVAC systems are built to heat an entire home. The flexibility of heating or cooling a select area means that energy is not being wasted on heating areas of the home that are not lived in.
Also, mini-split systems operate on less power because they are smaller than a traditional system and because they deliver the temperature-controlled air directly into the desired room. A homeowner can reduce their electrical heating costs by 60% and their cooling costs by 30%.
Homeowners may also be eligible for tax credits or utility rebates when they install a ductless mini-split.
Ductless Air Conditioning Saves Energy
The smaller size of a ductless mini-split, combined with its ability to heat and cool zones separately, allows for greater energy efficiency. Additionally, ductless systems use the R410A refrigerant, which is known for its zero-ozone depletion potential.
A ductless system may make the most sense in condos, smaller homes or specific areas in your home. In the right space, a ductless mini-split allows you to enjoy precise comfort, save money and decrease your carbon footprint.
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