With a better understanding of what a ductless heating and air-conditioning system are, it’s clear that a ductless system yields certain advantages over a standard HVAC system. However, it’s less common knowledge exactly how much home and business owners 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 the 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 are mounted on walls and not tucked away within your walls. This means that it’s vitally important to routinely maintain these systems to ensure that dust and other debris doesn’t gum up the unit, decreasing its efficiency and lifespan. Monthly cleanings and (bi)annual servicing will ensure you are maximizing the potential of your ductless system.
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 properly execute.
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.