You may have already seen a ductless air conditioning system before, but weren’t sure what it was. If you’ve noticed a unit up on the wall of a room that looks like a sleeker version of a window AC that doesn’t protrude through the back of the wall, that’s an air handler of a ductless air conditioning system—also known as a ductless mini split heat pump. Ductless systems work through these wall units, each of which connects to a single outdoor unit where the heat is exhausted. It’s like a central system, but with the indoor component divided into smaller parts that send air directly into the living spaces rather than using ducts.
Ductless systems are becoming more popular for use in homes in the U.S. (they’re already huge in Europe and Japan) for a number of good reasons. Below are some benefits of going ductless to consider if you’re thinking of getting a new HVAC system in the near future:
- Cooling and Heating – Although there are a few “cooling only” models of ductless mini splits, most are heat pumps. Like a standard central heat pump, a ductless mini split heat pump can reverse the direction it runs so it can also provide heating. Putting in a ductless air conditioner is also putting in a ductless heater.
- Zone Control – Each of the wall units in the ductless network is capable of operating separately from the others. You can use remotes for the units to turn on only the ones you need. This gives you climate zoning in your house, which reduces energy use and helps create a more even spread of comfort.
- Energy Savings – The zone control is only one way that a ductless mini split helps lower energy costs. Ductless heat pumps use smaller motors than conventional heat pumps, consuming less power. The lack of ducts boosts energy efficiency since there’s no loss or gain of heat along the length of the ductwork. Plus, you won’t ever have to spend money for duct cleaning or duct repairs.
- Flexibility – Ductless systems are popular for new home construction and remodeling because they remove the hassle of trying to fit ductwork into the space. This also makes them ideal for vintage homes that were built without central heating and cooling in mind: no need to try to add ducts or make big changes to the house.
- Better Indoor Air Quality – One of the drawbacks of ducts is that they collect dust, dander, lint, and other debris that’s hard to remove. When the blower comes on, a concentration of these pollutants billow out into the air of the home. Because ductless mini splits have no ducts to collect pollutants, they help keep the air cleaner. This can make a huge difference for households with allergies and asthma.
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