Ductless HVAC Advantages
With all the new developments in heating and cooling technology it can be difficult to navigate through the endless stream of energy efficient products and new innovation. When you are in the market for a heating and air unit, you may have a choice between a traditional central heat and air system and a ductless system. Below are several advantages of a Ductless HVAC system.
Ductless HVAC systems are ideal for replacing or supplementing wall units and space heaters. They can also be the perfect solution for room additions or converted attics. The duct less systems will provide heating and cooling without the stress of extending the home’s duct work. They are comparable to window units in that they are able to heat and cool the zone they are mounted in.
Ductless systems radiate more heat and cool air than traditional wall or space units and are more energy efficient. These units are also able to cool by specific zone or area.
This type of unit is more cost effective than baseboards or wall heaters. While the initial investment is higher, ductless units are more energy efficient, ultimately saving you money in the long run.
Ductless units provide both heating and cooling year round. Rather than using a wall unit in the winter and a portable air conditioner in the summer, a split level unit will provide comfort in all seasons. Similar to central HVAC systems, flipping a switch turns the heat to air.
These units do not require the expansive sheet metal duct work that traditional HVAC systems require. Since there are no air ducts, split level units are ideal when space is at a premium. Ductless units are comprised of 2 parts, the outdoor compressor and the indoor air handling unit. Like central heating and air systems, ductless units should be installed by a professional.
Since there no ducts to collect dust and allergens air quality will be higher with duct less units. However, the air filter will still need to be cleaned regularly to provide the highest air quality possible.
Through efforts to increase energy efficiency many local utility providers are offering cash incentives to encourage customers to use this alternative. Contact your local utility company to see what rebates are available in your area.
Homes that use ductless systems are often more humid than those with traditional HVAC systems. Since there is no duct work, air cannot be carried from space to space, leaving some spaces warmer than others. Unlike central heat and air conditioners, split level units are only able to heat and cool by room or zone.
Just like any piece of machinery, ductless units require regular maintenance to keep them operating at peak efficiency. However, ductless models are not as common as traditional HVAC units it may be difficult to find someone to work on them and repairs may end up costing you more.
Instead of a few vents in the ceiling or floors throughout your home, you will have a large wall handler mounted on the wall. While the handler will be much less noisy and noticeable than a window unit air conditioner, to some people it is still an eyesore.
Comparing ductless units to traditional HVAC systems can be like comparing apples and oranges. They are both heating and air technology, but are designed for different situations. If your home is equipped with preexisting duct work, we recommend using a traditional HVAC system. In most situations central heat and air conditioners are recommended unless your space is at a premium or there is no duct work. However, ductless systems are a lower cost option, typically ranging in price from $1,200- 5,000 when installed by a professional. Unlike central heat and air conditioners, ductless systems are only able to accommodate one room since there is no duct work to carry the air.
Give the professionals at Hiwassee Chase a call when you are debating between a split level or ductless system and central heat and air, and let an expert from our team advise you.