Ductless HVAC systems have become very popular over the last few years, with more homeowners exploring the benefits they bring. Discover what a ductless system is and five benefits you can expect when you install one in your home.
What Is a Ductless System?
A standard HVAC system utilizes a central air handler to draw air in and push it back out through ducts. Conversely, a ductless system doesn’t use ducts to draw or distribute heated or cooled air. Rather, it uses smaller air handlers installed throughout your home. These are usually mounted to an exterior wall.
Some systems are installed to help support a central air system in a particular area of your home. Others are installed in place of the central system. When there are multiple handlers throughout your home, it creates a zoned system where smaller portions of your home are conditioned by each air handling unit.
1. Better Efficiency
One of the first reasons why so many people appreciate a dustless system is because of its improved efficiency. Two factors of a ductless system lend to the efficiency improvement. First, you’re not trying to heat or cool your entire home at the same time. This means that you’re not wasting energy on conditioning areas that don’t need it right now.
Second, you don’t have any wasted energy as the air travels from the air handler to the destination supply vents. Rather, each air handler has a small coil inside, which provides the heating or cooling effect from the same place the air comes out.
2. Improved Air Quality
Ductless systems generally run longer cycles than traditional heating and cooling systems but at a lower capacity. This alone means that it’s going to cycle more air through it, allowing the air filters to remove more airborne contaminants.
However, the fact that the system has multiple air handlers means you don’t have to rely on a single unit to circulate air throughout your home. This means that the system will better filter air throughout your home, improving the air quality in every area regardless of the condition of your ducts.
3. Less Noise
The standard single-stage air conditioner is usually noisy at both the compressor outside and at the circulating fan inside. A ductless system tends to have less noise than the standard system.
First, the compressor on a ductless system usually has a variable-capacity compressor. These tend to run at reduced capacity most of the time. This means that not only does it reduce the energy consumed, but also that the system generates less noise. Secondly, the circulating fan is smaller, which creates less noise as it runs.
4. Better Comfort
Comfort is the goal of your HVAC system. However, trying to keep your home consistently comfortable is sometimes challenging for a ducted system because it has to circulate the conditioned air. Further, standard ducted systems try to condition the entire house at the same time, leaving some areas with too much and other areas with too little conditioned air.
A ductless system only conditions the areas that need it when they need it. If you have one area that’s more problematic to keep comfortable, the air handler will run longer and possibly at a higher capacity than in other areas of your home. Further, you can have different temperature settings around your home to provide the comfort needed for that area, allowing some areas to be a little warmer or cooler than other areas.
5. Easy Installation
Ductless systems are simple to install, especially when compared to having to install ducts for a central system. Each air handler is typically mounted on an exterior wall. A hole is drilled in the wall to allow the refrigerant line to pass through. That line then runs to a single compressor unit outside that’s installed very similarly to a standard AC compressor unit. The holes are then sealed to prevent air leaks and pests from getting in. Depending on your air handling unit, you may need to have a 220-volt outlet installed versus the standard 110-volt. Your installation technician will help you determine what is needed for your particular unit.
Whenever people around Hutto want trusted ductless service, they’ve turned to Kane Heating And Air Conditioning for over 20 years. Our experts provide HVAC installation, maintenance, and repair along with indoor air quality solutions, duct cleaning, and air balancing. Call to schedule your consultation with one of our trusted ductless experts to explore whether this upgrade is right for your home.