Why Go Ductless? The Pros and Cons of Ductless HVAC Systems
Most homeowners are familiar with the standard centralized heating and air conditioning system. This system is typically controlled by one thermostat. Each unit distributes hot or cool air throughout the home through a system of ducts. For decades, the centralized HVAC system was THE standard in home comfort solutions. There wasn’t a more efficient or effective way to heat or cool your home…until now.
What is a ductless HVAC system?
A ductless HVAC system is a complete unit that is wall-mounted and can provide both heat and air conditioning for a room or entire floor of a home. These systems are easier to install than centralized HVAC systems due to the lack of ductwork. In smaller homes, the ability to mount the entire system on the wall can help save on energy. Ductless systems perform just as well as their centralized HVAC counterparts. However, one unit is often not enough to heat or cool a two-story or larger single story home.
Ductless systems are typically more expensive than centralized units. However, when you factor in the costs of ductwork installation or repair, ductless systems can be more affordable. They are ideal for smaller or single story homes or additions.
Advantages of ductless HVAC systems
The difference between ductless and centralized systems is clear. But how does this main difference translate into benefits for the newer ductless system? By eliminating the need for ductwork, ductless systems provide these key advantages:
- Improved energy efficiency – Regardless of the energy grade of the specific model of the ductless system you choose, the ductless nature of these systems improves energy efficiency. The extra energy used to force air through ductwork as well as the energy that is lost through leaky ducts creates energy savings of up to 30% for ductless systems.
- Limited carbon footprint – The energy savings will help reduce your carbon footprint by heating and cooling your home with the same effectiveness for less energy.
- Cleaner air – Ductwork is frequently dirty. Since the ducts are hidden, cleaning out ductwork is regularly overlooked until issues arise or homeowners start to notice a foul odor. Getting air directly from the source limits the number of allergens in the air that is pushed out into your home.
- Comfort Flexibility – Each ductless unit has its own controls. What this means for homes with multiple ductless units is that each resident can choose their separate temperature preference for their room or section of the house.
Disadvantages of Ductless Systems
While ductless systems were generated to improve home comfort system solutions, there are certain limitations to the ductless technology. Those limitations include:
- Higher upfront cost – The cost of a ductless unit will likely be greater than the cost of an air conditioner and furnace combined. However, this difference can be negated through hefty installation costs associated with ductwork. Not to mention, homeowners may save more money over time through energy savings.
- Air distribution – Generating the hot or cool air directly from the unit and with no connection to the rest of the house, ductless systems can struggle to singularly heat or cool larger homes. Luckily they have the flexibility to be easily installed anywhere in a home to compensate for this.
Is a ductless system right for me?
Considering the limitations that can occur with ductless systems, it’s best to work with a professional HVAC specialist in Dallas to find out if a ductless HVAC system is right for you. After working with the HVAC professionals at Advent Air Conditioning, you will be able to better see just how you can experience the energy saving benefits of a ductless HVAC system.
Give us a call today to find out if ductless is right for you: (469) 240-5456.