Working at home can be rewarding – and difficult at times. One important factor is keeping a productive area where you work and that includes air quality and air temperature. But what if you cannot afford to add AC or Heat to a specific area of your home? A Ductless AC / Heating syste may be right for you.
You have heard a lot about ductless heating and cooling systems and are wondering if this type of heating and cooling system is right for you and your home. To determine whether a ductless heating and cooling system is something you want to invest in you need to understand the pros and cons of owning and installing one of these systems.
What is a Ductless System?
Before you can weigh the pros and cons of owning a ductless system you need to know what a ductless heating and cooling systems really is.
Also known as a mini split system a ductless system consists of heat pump or air conditioner which is a wall mounted unit and an outside compressor. When using a ductless system for an entire home you will need a individual air handlers for each room or zone in the home. An experienced heating and cooling company can help you determine the size of compressor and the number of air handles you will need to adequately heat and cool your home.
Benefits of A Ductless Heating and Cooling System
There are several benefits to ductless heating and cooling systems. Some of these benefits include:
- Easy to Install- Ductless heating and cooling systems do not require any extensive duct work instead just requiring a small hole in the wall.
- Energy Efficient- Ductless heating and cooling systems are extremely energy efficient earning 30 SEER ratings, while the average heating and cooling system gets SEER ratings from 14 to 17. Ductless heating and cooling systems can save you up to 50% on your heating bill. In addition, ductless systems do not have any ducts that are often the source of air leaks and higher energy bills to keep your home comfortable.
- Can Control the Temperature In Individual Rooms- If you use ductless heating and cooling systems throughout the entire house, you will have multiple interior units which allows people at various locations throughout the home to adjust the temperature of their room to their own individual comfortable.
- Quiet- Ductless systems run extremely quietly, which many homeowners really enjoy.
- Mini Split Systems Take Up Little Space- If you have an older home where there is limited space for duct work mini-split systems take up less space making them an excellent choice in these types of situations.
Negative Aspects of Ductless Heating and Cooling Systems
There are some negative aspects to installing a heating and cooling system. The Cons of this system includes:
- Cost- If you have a pre-existing central heating and air system and need to have your ducted unit replaced. It will cost 2 to 3 times more to have ductless unit installed then it will to replace your old ducted unit with a new one. While you will recoup that cost through lower energy bills over time you may simply not have the money for the initial investment.
- Increased Maintenance- Ductless systems require professional maintenance annually and you need to clean the filters of these systems on a regular basis anywhere from once a week to once a month or risk shortening the life of heating and cooling system.
- Aesthetics- Unlike duct vents that are small and not so noticeable, ductless systems have bulky components that attach to the wall. Some homeowners find these components an eye sore especially since they only come in either white or cream colored and won’t blend in with every décor.
- Limited Usage- Ductless systems are actually limited to certain climate zones and only some models of these systems offer both heating and cooling limiting the places or times these units are really useful.
If you are considering a ductless heating and cooling unit then you need to carefully consider the pros the cons before deciding if this type of system is right for you. UPDATE: 11/1/208 – Check out this blog on Ductless model comparisons.
Cover photo courtesy of Cape Cod Heat Pumps, the Ductless HVAC experts.