Ductless Systems — Are They Right for You?

September 5, 2017

There is more than one way to cool or heat your home. And one way that is gaining popularity in the U.S. is using ductless systems.

A basic ductless heating and cooling system consists of two units, one indoors and one outdoors, that require nothing more than mounting capabilities and access to electricity. Ductless systems deliver air directly into different zones. They are also referred to as split systems, mini-split systems or split ductless systems. Ductless heating and cooling systems are a cost-efficient way to replace inefficient window units, space heaters and electric baseboards heaters.

Where are ductless systems used? They are best used to improve temperature control in specific rooms or areas that do not have any ductwork or are hard to keep comfortable with a traditional heating and cooling system. Areas like home additions, sunrooms, garages, attics, etc. are perfect for ductless systems. They can also be installed in new construction, condominiums and apartments.

Ductless systems can be fit for buildings that currently use ducted forced-air systems such as traditional heat pumps and central air conditioning. They are quick and easy to install and, depending on the number of indoor and outdoor units required, can be up and running in one day. Split systems run on small pipes that require only a three-inch hole. There is no loss of square footage in the home. Since mini splits do not require ducts, they avoid the energy losses associated with ductwork of central forced air systems. Ductless split systems can use up to eight separate indoor air-handling units for each outdoor unit. Each air-handler unit has its own controller so the homeowner can direct the air flow. If you own a larger home, you may wish to purchase two ductless multi-room outdoor units in order to boost your indoor cooling and heating to the entire house. Some mini splits offer a remote control to make it easier to turn the system on and off when it is positioned high on a wall or suspended from a ceiling.

Additional Benefits of Ductless Systems

Many ductless systems offer multi-stage filtration that can reduce dust, bacteria, pollen, allergies, pet dander, mold and other particulates in the air.

Ductless systems are smaller than traditional forced-air systems and use less power. Because the temperature-controlled air is delivered directly in a room, there is no loss in efficiency. The systems allow homeowners to only heat or cool the rooms they occupy. Homeowners may be eligible for tax credits or utility rebates as well as federal, state and local level programs that offer additional savings.

Ductless cooling and heating systems are energy efficient, environmentally friendly, and completely customizable. The homeowner has the ability to cool and heat specific parts of their homes to the exact temperature they desire. They provide consistent year-round comfort. Ductless cooling and heating systems can save 30% to 40% off the energy costs of a forced-air system and provide control over comfort.

The systems come in many shapes and sizes. Besides the standard or deluxe wall mount, there are floor- mounted, ceiling-recessed and short-ducted indoor units. When wall space is at a minimum, the homeowner may choose a horizontal-ducted unit. It can be installed at either the floor or ceiling level. A ceiling-recessed unit, which resembles a vent, is also available for tight spaces. A ceiling-recessed vent also keeps your system hidden from view. The floor-mounted unit is about the size of a small radiator and easily blends into your living space. The floor-mount also has a built in filtration system and a remote control.

Call Bratcher Heating & Air Conditioning for More Information

A ductless air system may be just what your home needs. If you are interested in learning more about whether a ductless system is right for your home, please call Bratcher Heating & Air Conditioning. Our experienced HVAC technicians will provide a free home evaluation and estimate. When it comes to cooling and heating in Bloomington, Champaign or Peoria, Bratcher Heating & Air Conditioning is just a phone call away. We have the knowledge, skill and expertise to help you determine which products are the best choice for you and your home.