Ductless HVAC, also called a ductless mini-split or a ductless heat pump, is a reliable and environmentally friendly option for heating and cooling your home. If you’re looking to save money on your utility bills while enjoying lower-maintenance climate control, you might want to know more about what ductless systems are, how they differ from traditional ducted HVAC and the benefits and potential downsides of having a ductless system installed in your home.
Like a central air conditioner or heat pump, ductless mini-splits have both an indoor air handler and an outdoor compressor, but the two systems are different. The primary distinction between the two is that a conventional HVAC system uses a single air handler or furnace, requiring a network of air ducts to deliver heating and cooling to your home. In contrast, a ductless system relies on compact air handlers mounted in each room or zone of your home, with no ductwork needed.
You can choose whether to configure your ductless mini-split as a single-zone system, with one indoor unit corresponding to one outdoor compressor. Alternatively, in a multi-zone ductless system, one outdoor compressor can work with several separately controlled indoor units that allow you to cool or heat each room individually. If you’re often sweating while your spouse is huddled in a blanket beside you, a multi-zone ductless system might be worth looking into.
Any investment in home improvement will likely require some research on your part. If you’re thinking about switching from a traditional ducted HVAC unit to a ductless mini-split – or adding a ductless heat pump to your existing HVAC system – here are some basics that will help you decide.
People considering installing a ductless mini-split system should be aware of the unique advantages and disadvantages it brings. These factors include the following.
Whether you choose a mini-split system or a traditional HVAC unit, installation can be a complicated task requiring specialized training and tools to get the job done safely and correctly. You can void your equipment’s warranty if you damage it with faulty DIY work.
How big of a ductless system do you need? If you lack the knowledge required to determine your load calculation, you might struggle to figure this out. A professional, licensed HVAC installer from Pileiro Heating & Cooling can also calculate the correctly sized system for your home based on factors such as your square footage and how well-insulated your house is. You won’t waste money or energy on an oversized or undersized system, and you’ll have the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’ve made the best decision for your property.
Responsible homeownership requires making informed decisions about protecting your investment and ensuring every member of your household is as comfortable as possible. If you have questions about ductless HVAC, please contact us at Pileiro Heating & Cooling.