If you’re in the market to upgrade your current HVAC system, you’ll be presented with several models that provide different benefits to you and your home and family. If you want to maximize not only your home’s comfort but also its energy efficiency, however, you can’t go wrong with having a ductless HVAC system installed. When put in by a professional AC maintenance and replacement contractor, a ductless system will provide better heating/cooling capacity and convenience while consuming less energy!
Ductless HVAC units are becoming more popular than forced heating/cooling systems, especially for recently built homes and home additions. This is mainly because, unlike a separate air conditioner and furnace, they’re much simpler to install and use. And unlike forced-air systems, ductless systems deliver cool air directly to the indoor units.
To understand how a ductless HVAC system can benefit you, our AC maintenance experts at Cool Zone Air Conditioning & Heating explain what you need to know here:
How Ductless HVAC Systems Work
It’s important to understand how a ductless HVAC system works before replacing your old system. Also known as a mini-split system, a ductless HVAC system links individual room units to an outdoor compressor. The indoor unit contains evaporator coils cooled with refrigerant. Warm air from the room blows over and gets absorbed by the coils, while the refrigerant transfers it to the outdoor unit.
If you’re wondering how ductless units cool different areas of your home, then you should know that they’re all connected to a single outdoor compressor. The compressor receives the warm air from your home and pumps in cool air through the various indoor units installed in different rooms in your house. You can have different types of units, such as floor mount, ceiling register or ceiling recessed, depending on your needs and preferences.
Ideal in Any Home Application
A ductless system is often a no-brainer in certain types of home construction and remodeling projects, especially if installing a conventional HVAC system with ductwork is out of the question. For instance, it makes sense to install a ductless HVAC system when you’re downsizing a large home for your aging parents. Normally, they’ll just shut off the vents in empty rooms, which can create a pressure imbalance and lead to mold problems over time. It’s more cost-effective to install a ductless system in a master bedroom while setting the home’s main thermostat to a setting that consumes less energy.
Another ideal location for a ductless HVAC system is a sunroom or garage apartment. If it’s a room in which you plan to smoke, you can install this type of system to keep the place comfortable without having it connected to any pre-existing ductwork from the rest of the house. A newly- installed ductless system means the room will have its conditioned air and won’t overload your older main HVAC system.
The Benefits of a Ductless HVAC System
One of the biggest benefits you’ll see with a ductless HVAC system is that it’s easier to install. Of course, you’ll need to have it installed by a professional AC repair and replacement contractor if you want it to operate properly, but a ductless HVAC system consists of only an indoor and an outdoor unit. This takes up less space compared to a conventional HVAC system that needs ductwork installed. In addition, you won’t need to install ductwork throughout your house, which can be complicated and expensive!
Other benefits include:
More control over each room in the house. When you have full control over the temperature of each room in your house, you can save money by adjusting the temperature as needed. You can also choose to send less cooled air into areas of your house that aren’t used as often, such as the living room while everyone is asleep at night. With features like this, you’ll see a noticeable difference in your monthly energy bills.
It’s also more cost-effective. Some ductless multi-room HVAC systems can handle up to eight separate indoor air-handling units for each outdoor unit. Depending on your needs and preferences, you can have eight separate rooms or zones with controllers!
If you have a larger home, professional AC repair contractors recommend having two ductless multi-room outdoor units installed. While it can be more expensive up front, this will maximize indoor cooling and heating throughout your house. You’ll gradually earn back your investment through increased energy savings over time, and you’ll be more than compensated before you know it!
You’ll have better energy efficiency. A ductless HVAC system can also save as much as 30-40 percent in energy consumption compared to forced-air systems. This means the energy savings you get from ductless HVAC systems will help reduce your carbon footprint. An efficient HVAC system is also more eco-friendly than conventional HVAC systems that lose energy while pushing conditioned air through all the ductworks.
What to Consider When Getting a New Ductless System
If you’re in the market for a new ductless system, keep in mind that you need to get the proper size to fit your home as well as meet your needs and preferences. This isn’t difficult when you work with a trusted AC replacement contractor, as they’ll calculate the square footage of the rooms in your home, along with the space in other areas such as closets and large cabinets. Ductless HVAC systems are available in different models that produce a certain amount of conditioned air measured in BTUs (British Thermal Units).
You shouldn’t get a system that’s too big or too small, as this can have a big impact on its energy efficiency and lifespan. If it’s too small, it will work harder than it should, which can lead to frequent breakdowns and even a premature failure later on. If it’s too big, it will cycle more frequently and consume more energy, which isn’t very efficient in the long run.
As a trusted expert in AC replacement and maintenance, we’re the name to trust when you want a new HVAC system installed. Be sure to contact Cool Zone Air Conditioning & Heating to get started! You can reach us by calling (623) 777-3881 or filling out our convenient online contact form.