Going Ductless: 3 Things You Should Know
Having a ductless air conditioning system may seem like a strange way to regulate indoor temperatures, but for many homeowners, it’s the perfect solution. These are highly efficient heat pumps or A/Cs that use a refrigerant vapor compression cycle, much like your refrigerator, to cool and heat individual zones in a home.
Ductless Air Conditioning: A Good Idea Comes Here
Ductless mini-split systems have been in use in Japan and Europe for decades, and this smart trend is finally gaining a foothold in the US.
The split systems use an outdoor compressor/condenser and one or more indoor air-handling units, which are connected to the outside unit by a refrigerant/power line. Each air handler is controlled independently by the use of a remote control. This means that the temperature can be set higher or lower in each room, depending on the use of the room or its current occupants’ personal comfort preferences.
Save on Electric Bills
A ductless system can help you save money on your heating and cooling bills. The system uses between 25 and 50 percent less energy than a forced-air system, which loses up to 30 percent efficiency through air leaks and energy losses in the ductwork.
Mini-splits are perfect for home add-ons or bonus rooms, where extending existing ductwork would be impractical or expensive. They also are ideal for homes that never had ductwork to begin with, which perhaps used radiators or baseboards for heating. Ductless systems are also a smart move for new construction or people looking to make a smaller impact on the environment (and their electric bill) in their existing home.
Flexibility of Installation
The indoor air handlers can be mounted in several ways, depending on the room’s use or the owner’s interior design tastes. They can be mounted flush into a drop ceiling, suspended from a ceiling, hung on a wall, or installed as a floor-standing model. Most units are about seven inches deep and have modern, sleek covers.
Depending on your energy and comfort needs, a ductless air system may be the perfect solution for your home. For more information about “going ductless” in your Treasure Coast home, as well as expert advice on other varieties of HVAC systems, please contact us at NisAir Air Conditioning & Heating.