Is a Ductless HVAC System the Thing to Get For Your Home?

Is a Ductless HVAC System the Thing to Get For Your Home?

Ductless HVAC systems, also known as ductless mini splits, have been gaining market share in the United States in recent years. Ductless systems are heat pumps consisting of an outdoor condenser connected by a conduit (which contains wiring and refrigerant lines) to an indoor air handler. They are becoming better known for their efficiency and the quiet and easy flow of air they produce, compared to the noisy blast of a central HVAC system. The fact that ductless HVAC don’t require the shafts to distribute conditioned air is another plus.

Most homeowners agree there are some pros and cons when it comes to ductless HVAC systems. Let’s have a look at some of those.

Ductless Mini Split Cons

  1. Ductless technology is considered expensive. Ductless mini splits cost about 30% more than central systems (at 12,000 Btu per hour of cooling capacity), and they may not last as long as a central system.
     
  2. Ductless systems don’t always heat as well as central heating when temperatures fall below freezing. When temperatures plummet, the ductless system will switch to electric-powered radiant heating or default to a central heating system. The radiant heating can be expensive to operate in extended cold periods. However, ductless systems have been improved in recent years so that they do a better job of heating than they used to.

Ductless Mini Split Pros

  1. Mini splits are more energy efficientAlthough mini splits cost more, a mini split with a zoned system can save a homeowner as much as 30% annually on energy bills.
     
  2. Mini split heating and cooling are more pleasing aesthetically. When the air handler delivers cool or warm air, it does so in a constant, gentle flow, rather than as a big blast like a central system. It’s also generally not as noisy as a central furnace or AC. 
     
  3. Mini splits offer convenience for placement of air handlers. Air handlers can be mounted on the ceiling, floor, wall, or a shelf, making them very versatile. Some models accommodate as many as four air handlers per condenser.

To learn more about ductless HVAC, contact Powers Heating and Air of Peachtree City. 

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