As we still deal with chillier temperatures for a few more weeks (well, chilly by our standards, right?), our time and attention is likely to be pulled to our furnaces—are they operating as they should? Did you have yours maintained last fall?
We definitely encourage these inquiries! If your furnace wasn’t quite up to par this season, and/or your air conditioner was on its last leg in 2020 and you were already considering a replacement, then now might be the best time to look into it.
Ductless air conditioning has become quite popular for homeowners living in our climate. These systems are heat pumps—this means they work like air conditioners, but also can reverse the flow of refrigerant to work as heaters. Curious? Read on to learn more!
What to Know about Ductless HVAC Systems
Also called a ductless mini-split, the ductless system is still growing in popularity. You might not be totally familiar with one yet, but we bet you’ve seen one! Think about the last hotel you stayed at or the last Dr. apt. you had. Was the air coming out of a box mounted up on the wall or down on the floor? Then you were likely looking at the air handler of a ductless system.
Ductless air conditioners and heaters, like we said above, are heat pump systems. This means they can both cool and heat, all from the same unit. Ductless systems are a bit different from traditional heat pumps, however. Instead of relying on a network of ducts to take your conditioned air to the various vents throughout your home, ductless systems are comprised of a single outdoor unit and up to 4 indoor air handlers.
Each air handler can be independently operated from the other. This means each member of your household can control their own cooling or heating preferences.
Why You Should Consider Ductless Air Conditioning and Heating
Here are just a few benefits of going ductless. These systems tend to work best in areas with mild winters and hot summers, like ours!
- Increased Comfort: We all seem to have those areas in our home that seem to stay too warm in the summer, no matter how long you run your air conditioning system. Sometimes, these areas need a little help. A ductless system will allow you to zone your cooling so that rooms like this get more cooling, while other rooms get less. This way you can have a uniform temperature throughout the home.
- Cost-Savings: Cooling or heating your home effectively without turning on a central air conditioner or furnace and conditioning the entire home saves you both time and money. It’s far more affordable to circulate conditioned air through the rooms you’re inhabiting rather than to needlessly cool or heat a home all to one temperature.
- Ease of Installation: While it is a bit more costly to install a ductless system than it is a furnace or central air conditioner, you have to consider that you’re getting two systems in one. Also, its installation only requires a small hole drilled in the walls behind each air handler to attach the conduit with a power cord, condensate line, and refrigerant line. This means you don’t have to deal with bulky ductwork. This is especially beneficial if you have a small home that didn’t already have ductwork.