Ductless split technology has been around for what seems like forever, but just recently it is becoming much more mainstream and a lot more affordable to the average homeowner.
Instead of using ductwork to distribute air through the house (like a central air conditioner would do) a ductless split system utilizes individual units throughout the home. This allows for individual control in each room, which in turn provides more flexible temperature settings.
A ductless heat pump or air conditioner typically consists of one or more wall-mounted indoor units combined with an outside compressor. Unlike window units, ductless units only require a small hole in the wall for installation. The indoor units are much quieter and look a lot nicer than your typical window AC.
They are also exceedingly energy-efficient. Depending on the system you choose, a ductless home comfort system can achieve SEER ratings in the high 20’s. SEER measures the ratio of cooling capacity to power input, so the higher the SEER rating, the more work you’re getting out of the equipment for the same dollar of energy. The lower the SEER rating, the lower the production.
Adding a ductless split system to your home isn’t cheap, but its definitely less expensive than adding a complete ducted system to an existing home.
Other uses for ductless split technology? Here’s a few ideas:
- New additions: garage apartments, bonus rooms, sunrooms, and man caves. The main benefit of ductless is that the system will be properly sized for the space and won’t steal air from other spaces or overload your existing HVAC system.
- Serving multiple needs under one roof. Thermostat wars are a real thing, so ductless is ideal for creating independent temperature zones in different rooms. You can retro-fit zoning into an existing HVAC system, however its definitely not as efficient and unless its done correctly it could turn into a real nightmare. In fact, many HVAC professionals would never recommend retrofit zoning a ducted system and the reason is simple. Your original ductwork and equipment was not sized to run in zones. If you want to do a zoned ducted system correctly you need to start from scratch.
- Dealing with a specific room that has heating / cooling problems. If you have one room that you want to use but rarely do because its never the right temperature, a ductless unit can give you back that space in your home, without having to install new ductwork.
- Adding cooling to a home where the ductwork wasn’t sized for central air. Back in the day, the ductwork in homes did not have to be sized for cooling, but cooling requires far larger ductwork than heating. If you live in an older home but do not have central air installed be sure to have your existing system assessed.
Don’t forget how important it is to have a system like this properly sized and installed only by professional HVAC contractors who keep refrigeration mechanics on staff. If you want to get the extensive benefits of a ductless split system, it must be done right.
Contact the friendly folks at Comfort Tech Heating & Cooling today to find out more!
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