Ductless HVAC systems have become the choice for many homes and businesses. Thanks to the recent advances in HVAC technology, these split-ductless systems are incredibly efficient and can constantly provide sufficient room comfort. While ductless systems aren’t for everyone, they can work well for many homeowners.
The term “split” is coined from the fact that ductless systems are comprised of an indoor air handler and an outdoor condenser/compressor. They typically work the same way as central HVAC systems do, since the outdoor unit coordinates with the indoor air handlers to regulate the temperature.
In a central system, the central air handler conducts conditioned air into the various parts of the house, using a blower to push the air through the ducts. The ductless configuration is set up in a way that individual spaces are cooled and heated via location-specific indoor units. The location of these units is often areas where baseboard heating or a window AC unit would be considered.
Each of the units can be programmed to work independently in their own settings. Therefore, temperature adjustments in a ductless system can be made to meet the conditions of a given space, without affecting the temperatures of other areas of the house.
Here Are the 5 Important Benefits of Ductless HVAC Units over Central Units:
1. Fast and Easy installation
Ductless HVAC units are much easier to install since they don’t require installing expansive ductwork as central systems do. Split systems typically run on small pipes, which require mere 3-inch holes. As such, homeowners don’t have to worry about losing precious square footage, or even rebuilding ceilings and walls around the ductwork.
Ducted systems can take a few weeks to install, and can, therefore, disrupt the daily activities in your home. Depending on the number of outdoor and indoor units required, ductless systems are far less intrusive and can be up and running in under a day.
The traditional central air conditioning systems and heat pumps force cooled and heated air through ducts, while the ductless systems deliver conditioned air directly into spaces. They are very efficient, ad provides a cost-effective way of replacing the inefficient window units, electric baseboard heaters, and space heaters.
In addition, ductless systems can be installed in buildings, properties, condominiums, new construction, home additions, and apartments, or even specific rooms in the house to improve temperature control. These systems can even fit in buildings that use conventional ducted units.
The ductless equipment can also be used for the whole home comfort control or for specific areas. Whenever the need arises, you can expand the cooling and heating abilities of your home with extra indoor or outdoor units, or even limit the installation to areas ideal for the ductless approach.
3. Cost Savings
The overall cost savings are one of the major reasons why many homeowners switch to ductless HVAC systems. This is certainly not a surprise considering how much utility costs have skyrocketed in recent years. When the temperature of your house depends on an inefficient system, your monthly utility bills can easily skyrocket.
On average, a ductless A/C system with one indoor cooling and heating zone costs between $3,000 and $5,000. If more zones are added, the price goes up. These systems also require less power to operate, and they are much smaller compared to the central systems. Since the conditioned air is delivered directly into the spaces it’s needed, there is minimal loss inefficiency. As such, ductless systems allow the homeowner to create areas or zones in their house such that they don’t heat or cool rooms that are not occupied.
Besides the incredible savings on utilities, homeowners may be eligible for utility rebates ad tax credits in some States, usually for the year they install the ductless system. Plus, there are many local, state, and federal level programs that allow both homeowners and businesses to take advantage of these extra savings.
4. Minimum Noise and Compact Size
The ductless HVAC units are much quieter than window or central HVAC systems. This is quite an important consideration if you have ever spent sleepless summer nights listening to the hum and rattle of a window unit or the rumbling of a central system.
The systems are much smaller too and are often referred to as the cooling system that is neither heard nor seen. The indoor unit that delivers the conditioned air can be placed in low-visibility locations, while the outdoor unit can be placed on a stable surface outside. only a 3-inch hole is required to connect the lines that remove condensate and delivers electricity.
5. Energy Efficiency with Lowered Carbon Footprint
Ductless HVAC systems are up to 30 percent more efficient compared to the window and central units, meaning they can cool or heat your home much faster and keep it that way more efficiently. Keep in mind that as much as 20 percent of the air conducted through the traditional central air ducts systems may get lost through leaks.
Thanks to their extremely efficient filters, ductless systems can efficiently remove more dust particles and allergens. The filters can also be cleaned and used several times over, which means they generate less waste.
Most of these systems follow Energy Star guidelines, meaning they will be far more energy-efficient than the standard set by the U.S federal government. As we mentioned earlier, this efficiency saves you money and helps you to lower your total carbon output. In addition, the ductless systems are better placed to take advantage of advances in chemistry to lower environmental impact.