7 Benefits of a Ductless Cooling and Heating System
Most homeowners have heard about heat pumps and forced air furnaces, but they may not be quite as familiar with the Ductless Mini-split System. This system delivers heat and air conditioning directly to a room without running it through traditional ductwork. Though less common than heat pumps or traditional HVAC units, there are certainly benefits to installing a ductless cooling and heating system.
What is a Ductless Mini-split System?
A Ductless Mini-split System can either supplement or replace your existing HVAC system. A small blower unit is installed on the wall in the room you want to heat. Tubing connects it to an outdoor condenser. The refrigerant passes through the tubing and draws heat from one area and moves it to the other.
The Benefits of a Ductless Cooling and Heating System
Besides the simplicity of its design, there are several other benefits to putting in one of these units.
#1 – Highly Flexible Solutions
Ductless systems deliver air directly to the room in which it is installed. This makes them perfect choices for basement bedrooms or rooms with vaulted ceilings which can be hard to heat and cool. A ductless system is also perfect for room additions, eliminating the need to run new ductwork.
#2 – Small Size
As we stated before, all that is required is the inside unit, condenser, and access to electricity. There is no need to tear up your walls, ceilings, or floors. The outdoor unit is smaller than a heat pump, and the one indoors takes us about the same space as a ducted air vent.
#3 – Quick and Easy to Install
Ductless Systems can be up and be running after just one day. Running ductwork for a traditional heating and cooling system can take several weeks. Plus, you won’t have to mess with any repairs or patching once the unit is installed. A single 3-inch hole in the outside wall is all that is needed for the tubing.
#4 – Quiet Operation
It is doubtful that you will even hear your new unit. Most of them operate with almost no noise.
#5 – Energy Efficient
All Ductless Mini-split Systems follow ENERGY STAR guidelines and often exceed the standards set for heat pumps. With leaky ductwork, you can lose up to 25% or more of your energy. However, by delivering the air directly to the room, you improve energy efficiency and air quality.
#6 – Improved Air Quality
Ductless Systems offer multi-stage filtration that helps reduce harmful dust and allergens. The quality of air is superior to other systems because there is no place for particulates to collect. ‘Ductless’ means ‘dustless.’ You will no longer have to pay for air duct cleaning.
#7 – Good for the Environment
The refrigerant used in these systems has no effect on the ozone, making them the perfect choice for environmentally conscious homeowners.
For those who want an energy efficient and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional HVAC units, you should consider installing one of these units.