If you’re considering a new air conditioning or heating system, you might have heard about ductless systems, also known as mini-splits.
Ductless cooling and heating systems offer a wide variety of benefits over a more traditional air conditioning system. They are highly efficient, operate quietly, and provide zone-by-zone comfort. Ductless is an excellent heating and cooling solution for homeowners in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Most people in the U.S. have only lived in homes that have traditional air conditioning systems. Ductless mini-splits are different both in equipment type and in system operation. Before you buy a ductless air conditioner, you want to be sure you understand all the differences.
In the DFW area, most homes have a sizeable square-shaped central air conditioning unit on the outside of their home.
Here’s how the air conditioning works: two pipes containing refrigerant connect the AC unit outside to a cooling coil on the inside. An indoor blower fan recirculates all of the air inside the home across the coil, cooling the air. Then, ductwork distributes that air into different spaces.
Even though we’ve been cooling homes in DFW with central AC for decades, there are many downsides. The most common problem is feeling uncomfortable. You can probably relate to feeling uncomfortable in your home, even when the air conditioner is running. That’s because every room has a different cooling load, depending on the number of windows and what is inside the room. But your air conditioner controlled based on the temperature sensed at the thermostat.
First, let’s talk about how ductless HVAC equipment is different from central air conditioning equipment.
Instead of a big box outside of your home, a ductless mini-split has an outdoor unit that is quite slim. And in place of the large indoor coil with a large fan, a ductless mini-split connects to small indoor units with small fans that are located in each room of your home. Refrigerant pipes connect the outdoor unit to the single or multiple indoor units.
With a ductless mini-split, the space temperature is controlled on a room-by-room basis. That means that you can set your living room to 72F, while your unused guest room is set to 78F. At night, you can set your bedroom to a cool 68F and set the rest of your home to 80F overnight. Not only will your comfort improve dramatically, but you’ll also save energy.
With a better understanding of what a ductless heating and air-conditioning system is, it’s clear that a ductless system yields certain advantages over a standard HVAC system. However, it’s less common knowledge exactly how much Lewisville homeowners can save with a ductless system.
Efficient centralized systems still create the opportunity for temperature changes while the air is forced through ducts. However, ductwork is also notorious for leaking. This means that air is seeping through cracks in the ductwork, causing your system to perform more work to get the same amount of air into your living or working spaces. This creates upwards of a 25-30% increase in energy expenses each month. If you average $200 per month on your energy bill, this can add up to $600-$720 over the course of a year.
Central air and heating units are designed to push consistent air throughout the home. This creates an endless battle over the thermostat for buildings with multiple occupants. Rarely do larger households and especially businesses agree on a perfect temperature that suits the needs of every person under a given roof.
Ductless systems can be zoned to allow residents in different rooms or floors to customize their living or working experience for a customized and more comfortable life.
Ductless systems look less complex than packaged heating and cooling systems. However, it doesn’t mean that any old craftsman can DIY installing a ductless system. It’s a complex process that requires a skilled HVAC technician to execute correctly.
The upfront costs for a ductless system will likely have little variance. Traditional systems require more labor, which allows for more wiggle room in terms of pricing. So while a ductless unit is more expensive than a centralized unit, installation fees and other parts can have customers paying more for less efficient centralized systems than ductless systems.
Whether you are installing a ductless system in a historic home or just want to keep your modern space comfortable but have no room for ducts, Advent has the right ductless HVAC system for you. We install high-quality Carrier® mini-split units to improve the comfort of your home. In addition, our team can provide maintenance and service on any mini-split system, including Mitsubishi, Daikin, LG, Fujitsu, or Hitachi. Contact us today for service, installation, or repairs for any ductless system!