Ducted forced-air HVAC systems are still the most popular option in modern homes, but that does not mean they are the only option you should consider. You have several reasons to install a ductless HVAC system that may make it the right choice for your home. Read about four benefits of ductless HVAC systems.
1. Flexible Installation Options
Installing extensive ductwork is the most limiting aspect of traditional HVAC systems. Ducts take up a significant amount of space and limit where the vent registers can be placed in each room. Ductless systems instead use conduits, small tubes that contain power cables, coolant lines, and condensate drain lines. These conduits are small and flexible enough to go almost anywhere.
The air handlers in a ductless system are small enough to be mounted nearly anywhere in a room. You have both wall-mounted and ceiling-mounted air handlers to choose from. Ductless air handlers are small and available in a variety of styles, so they will not be a distraction in any room.
2. Improved Indoor Air Quality
Ductwork has a tendency to collect dust, mold spores, and other allergens that circulate through your HVAC system. Even with a well-maintained furnace filter, dust and debris can build up in your ducts over the years. Without regular duct cleanings, these contaminants can exacerbate allergy symptoms and respiratory problems for those in your home.
Ductless systems offer a great improvement in indoor air quality because circulation of dust and allergens does not occur. The air handlers in your home only circulate air that is already in the room, and they contain advanced filtration systems excellent at removing irritants from the air.
3. Energy Savings
One of the biggest ways ductless HVAC systems help you save energy is through their zone heating and cooling capability. Since an air handler is in every room, you only have to heat or cool the rooms that you use at any given time. This is much more efficient than circulating conditioned air through your entire home when only a few rooms are in use.
In a ducted system, any air that leaks out of your ducts is wasted energy. The heated or cooled air ends up in the attic or inside your home’s walls and has no effect on the temperature in any room. With a ductless system, you can be sure that any energy for heating or cooling goes directly toward making your home more comfortable.
4. Quiet Operation
Ductless HVAC systems are the quietest option on the market, so they are a great choice if you have a home office or need to minimize ambient noise for any reason. The loudest component of a ductless system is the condenser, which goes outdoors. Since the condenser only needs to circulate refrigerant, rather than air, it is smaller and quieter than the condensers of other systems.
Many ductless systems have sound- and vibration-dampening features built directly into the air handlers. With advances such as these, ductless air handlers are not much louder than running a fan in the room. You also will not experience the whooshing and banging noises that can be heard from ducts as they vibrate from the air rushing through them.
While no single type of HVAC system is best for every home, a strong argument can be made for ductless systems almost anywhere. If you want to install a new HVAC system, whether it is ductless or traditional, contact us at L & L Heating and Air Conditioning so our experienced technicians can find the best solution for your home’s unique needs. We look forward to speaking with you.