Also known as ductless mini-splits or ductless heat pumps, ductless HVAC systems are a type of central heating and cooling system. As the name suggests, a ductless HVAC system does not use ducts and is installed directly onto the walls of a home.
Unlike window-mounted systems, ductless systems need small holes to be drilled into the wall and are less vulnerable to air leakage while also being less noisy and visible.
In its simplest form, a ductless unit consists of an indoor air handling unit and an outdoor unit. The indoor unit is responsible for introducing conditioned air into the home, whereas the outdoor unit’s role is to release heat to the outside air.
Ductless systems are easy to install and take up far less space inside than wall or portable units. They are also more efficient than HVAC systems with ductwork as a typical duct system can lose 25-40% of the total energy output. It’s no wonder they are becoming more popular in Concord with each passing year.
The Benefits of a Ductless System
Ductless systems are more energy efficient and also cost less to operate than ducted systems. This is due to the fact that ducts are the biggest source of leaks within ducted systems. A ductless system does not have these issues and consumes, on average, up to 25-50%less energy than ducted systems.
Ductwork layouts are very complex. Installing ductwork is a complex task and requires both specific training and expertise. The absence of ducts makes ductless systems easier to install than ducted systems. As a result, the installation costs and time required are kept to a minimum.
You won’t have to move your furniture or tear the ceiling apart while installing a ductless system. The only modification to your home will be a hardly noticeable 3” X 3” hole behind the indoor unit.
A home can have multiple ductless units with each one placed in a separate room specifically for your needs. This means that you can switch off the ACs in unoccupied rooms and help keep your energy bill low. A ductless system allows every user to set different temperatures in their room as well. On the other hand, with a ducted system you would have to power up the system for the entire house even if you want to cool just one room.
A ducted system takes up much more space than you’d think. Your Concord installation expert will have to run ductwork through the attic, walls, and basement. Ductless units require just a small hole to be drilled into the wall behind the indoor unit and can help save space.
The Drawbacks of Ductless Systems
Upfront Costs May Be High
With a whole house ductless system, the upfront costs can be high. If you have a multi-room home, you might have to install an indoor terminal in each room. An indoor head in each room will add up to be more expensive than a ducted system. However, you will experience greater savings on your energy bill that will help offset this higher upfront cost.
Not Aesthetically Pleasing
Some people do not like the look of ductless systems. They rarely have the built-in look of central systems and may stand out a bit, impacting the overall aesthetics of your home. However, this is a small price to pay. As homeowners start realizing benefits and become adjusted to their new HVAC system, they forget that the unit is even there.
When Should You Use a Ductless HVAC System?
Here are some situations in which installing a ductless system makes sense.
You Want to Save Space
When space is at a premium, it makes sense to use a ductless system. Since ductless systems don’t utilize ducts, you will save considerable space. The indoor handlers used by your ductless system can be wall-mounted up and out of your way to experience the same benefits without compromising on available space.
You Have an Old Home Without Ductwork and You Want to Upgrade Your HVAC
Most old homes constructed before the 1970s do not have any ductwork. In most cases they also weren’t constructed with ductwork in mind. If your home does not have ductwork, installing a ducted system can be a complex undertaking and may leave you in a situation where a ductless system would actually have a lower upfront cost.
Different Heating and Cooling Preferences
If the residents of your house constantly squabble over the thermostat, consider switching to a ductless system. A ductless system can be used to create separate temperature zones in different rooms and allow users to control their heating and cooling to suit their individual preferences.
You Want to Add More Cooling or Heating to a Particular Room
If you have a kitchen with a giant kitchen stove that is always hotter and stuffier than other rooms, a ductless system will help keep it cooler. Similarly, if a room does not receive ample natural light and is always too cold, a ductless system will add heating to it during the winter months. This allows you to help create a more welcoming overall temperature in your home to ensure that one room isn’t too hot or too cold.
Whether you are grappling with an HVAC issue or need help with furnace installation in Concord, Connolly Heating and Air Conditioning has you covered. We will help you get the most out of your HVAC unit. To learn more, call (925) 288-1408.