Is Ductless Good for Heating?

Is Ductless HVAC Good for Heating?

As the colder months arrive, you might be considering a new heating system for your Dallas/Fort Worth Home. If you’re reading this post, then you probably have heard a thing or two about ductless HVAC systems that offer both heating and cooling. 

Ductless systems, also known as mini-splits, are relatively new to the DFW area and offer a whole host of benefits. However, does it make sense to replace a furnace with a ductless mini-split? 

Is Ductless Good for Heating DFW Homes?

The short answer is YES. Ductless systems are an excellent choice for DFW homes. 

This unit can keep your Dallas home warm and cozy all winter long. Plus, you’ll get all the benefits of ductless systems. For example, you can keep the living room a toasty 72F while leaving an unoccupied guestroom at 62F. By harnessing the power of a ductless system, you’ll save a ton on your energy bills while comfortably heating your home!

If you’ve been researching ductless units, you might find that some websites claim they are not suitable for heating. The reason is that many traditional heat pumps – systems that can provide both heating and cooling – cannot operate in temperatures below around 47F. However, that’s not true for ductless heat pumps. The Carrier Infinity Ductless Heat Pump can operate well below 0F. That’s sufficient for the DFW area since we rarely see temperatures in the single digits. 

Why replace a furnace with a Ductless System?

You have many options when it comes to replacing a furnace. Sure, you could replace the furnace you have with a similar model. If you’re exploring all of your options, consider whether or not a mini-split is the right choice

You probably already know that mini-splits are great for reducing energy usage and improving comfort. But, does it make sense for heating? Here are a few reasons why it makes sense to install a ductless system to replace your furnace:

  1. Your air conditioner needs to be replaced soon, too – Ductless systems are heat pumps, which means they offer both cooling and heating. If your air conditioner is on the brink of requiring replacement, you might consider replacing both units with a ductless system.
  2. You’ve done some remodeling – Changing wall locations, removing walls, or finishing out new spaces can significantly impact the effectiveness of your existing system. Any original ductwork was designed to cool the area in the old layout. If you’re having issues getting spaces to feel comfortable, a new traditional furnace likely won’t solve that problem. Removing all the ductwork and replacing it with a ductless system will improve the comfort of all spaces in your home. 
  3. Electricity is your preference One benefit of using ductless for heating is that you’ll be using electricity to power the unit instead of gas. This may be advantageous in DFW, where electricity rates are lower compared to the US average. Plus, if you have other electricity-based systems, like solar panels or a generator for back-up electricity, a ductless heating unit can work as a part of those systems.

Rebates for Ductless Systems

Did you know? There are many incentives for homeowners that choose to go ductless. Because ductless systems are the most efficient type of unit on the market, local utility companies reward homeowners that install them. 

Right now you can take advantage of several promotions for ductless systems. As of September 2019, you can save up to $4,590 with incentive programs. On top of the rebates that are available, you can finance your HVAC purchase. Combining rebates and financing eases the burden of a heating system replacement.

Advent Air is the DFW Ductless Heating Expert

All of our Advent Air technicians are trained and certified in ductless technology. One of our experts can visit your home and make a recommendation on the best ductless mini-split for your space. We will walk you through all of the benefits and potential pitfalls so that you can make an informed decision. Advent technicians are available any day of the week for consultations, so give us a call at 469-240-5456 to schedule a visit today. 

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