Ductless heating and cooling systems are a smart choice for homes and businesses, although many people may not know about these useful HVAC units. They are similar to a window AC unit because each indoor air handler is designed to cool a single room or space.
Ductless air conditioners, however, are like a traditional air conditioner because they operate using an outside condenser unit. What separates ductless air conditioners from central air conditioning units is that no ductwork is necessary. Ductless heat pump systems are available in single-zone units – meaning they provide heat and AC to just one room – or multi-zone units, which provide cooling to several rooms. Each room is equipped with a wall-mounted indoor unit to provide air.
With no ductwork requirements, a ductless mini-split heat pump system is a flexible and affordable option for homes with no existing ducts, a garage or a new home addition. Douglas Cooling & Heating offers a selection of top-of-the-line Bryant ductless systems, which are an excellent choice for a variety of applications. To learn more about mini split heat pump systems, contact the NATE-certified HVAC technicians at Douglas Cooling & Heating today!
Benefits of a Ductless System
Below are the top reasons ductless air conditioners can benefit you!
Healthier Indoor Air Quality
Ductless heat pumps have their own filter housed inside the indoor unit. The air inside a single room goes through the filtration process without mixing air from other areas of your house. Without ductwork, extra contamination is eliminated. Central air conditioning systems circulate dirt, dust, pollen and other debris as it moves air throughout the ducts. You will experience healthier, cleaner indoor air with a ductless mini split.
No Need for Ductwork
The main benefit to this type of system is in the name: ductless HVAC systems don’t rely on ducts. Instead, they use outside condensing units and indoor air handlers. Refrigerant comes directly from the outdoor unit through an insulated refrigerant line.
Installation is easier and less expensive without the need to install and connect ducts.
No Major Renovations Necessary
Older homes, renovated additions or a converted sunroom or garage may not have ductwork available to connect to your current system. Adding ductwork to a house is a major renovation project, which can be overwhelming.
Zoned Heating and Cooling
Ductless air conditioners are designed to cool a specific room without construction. You can pair multiple indoor units with a single outdoor unit to create a multiple-zone mini split system. This allows you to operate each indoor unit independently from the others.
If you have a central heating and air system, closing vents in rarely used rooms increases your chances of pressure imbalances or microbial growth issues. Ductless HVAC systems put you in control of the temperature for each zone in your home without the risk of harm to your unit or your home’s air quality.
If you use a room only occasionally, just turn off the unit in that zone so you don’t waste money heating and cooling it.
Zero Energy Loss
Traditional air conditioning units deal with energy loss daily because of holes, gaps and cracks in the ductwork. The cool air escapes through these leaks, resulting in higher energy bills. A ductless mini split delivers fresh, cool air directly to you. You won’t experience energy loss.
An additional benefit to consider with a ductless system is you won’t need to schedule duct cleaning services. No ducts mean no leaks or airflow restrictions due to obstructions clogging your unit.
Duct leaks account for 30 percent of energy consumption when it comes to central air, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. When you eliminate the need for ducts, you end up with a more energy-efficient system because you don’t lose any air through ductwork.
The result is long-term savings for you and improved heating and cooling in your home.
Flexible and Versatile
Window air conditioners take up more space in a single room and eliminate the view from a window, which is not ideal if you only have one window in a room.
Ductless air conditioners are compact, so they need only a small area for installation. You can install the indoor unit on the wall, floor or ceiling so you can still enjoy the view from your windows. Plus, you avoid the sight of an ugly window unit hanging out of your home.
One of the most significant advantages of ductless air conditioners is they do more than just cool an independent area. They operate similar to a heat pump, meaning you can enjoy your ductless air conditioners year-round.
Many ductless air conditioners are capable of heating during the colder months by a simple flip of a switch. This comes in handy when areas of your home are hard to keep warm. You operate each indoor unit only when necessary, which keeps you warm without running your heating 24/7 and increasing your energy bill.
Contact Douglas Cooling & Heating for Ductless Installation
Eliminate hot spots and reduce heat loss by installing ductless air conditioners in your home. Douglas Cooling & Heating carries several options to choose, and our NATE-certified experts will explain the features of each.
We offer free estimates on new units and provide financing options for those working on a budget. Contact Douglas Cooling & Heating today to schedule your free estimate!