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How to Choose the Best Ductless System for Your Home

April 23, 2019

If you’re thinking of getting an upgrade to your heating and cooling system for your home, then switching to a ductless system is always a good choice, especially for the Washington State area.

Ductless cooling and heating have some great, convenient benefits, the biggest of which is letting you control the temperature in your home without needing to install additional ventilation ducts.

However, different ductless systems are going to be more appropriate for different homes and different needs. Which one is going to be the right one for you? Let’s look at the different situations a homeowner might be in.

Your Scope of Coverage

Only needing to heat or cool a couple of rooms is a common reason for getting a ductless system in your home. It’s not unusual for a homeowner to already have a central air HVAC system in place for the majority of the home. However, you might have decided to reclaim some space and get a bit more value from a property by finishing up the attic or even building an extension. This will require just one condenser and one indoor unit.

On the other hand, if you’ve decided that you want your whole home to get ductless coverage, the model you select, and the number of condensers you’ll need are going to change. If you are targeting multiple floors or have very large rooms, that’s going to affect which model you get.

Room or Zone

Some people are looking at ductless heating to cover just one room. Many models are perfectly configured to handle this need. But there’s another option for coverage, and that’s “zone by zone.” Instead of covering a single room, the ductless system is going to cover an entire area.

On the first floor, for example, it’s not unusual for a single condenser and its indoor unit to be heating and cooling both a kitchen and a dining room or living room. That is especially true if the kitchen is an open concept, meaning that much of the first floor is just a very large space. When covering that kind of square footage, the make and model of your ductless system is going to very much vary based on the space demands.

Heating & Cooling Needs

Ductless manufacturers like Mitsubishi Electric and Daikin have been in the business for decades, with a sterling reputation and a wide variety of different products to meet different needs. One of the factors you may need to consider when picking out a ductless model is whether this is going to be used strictly for cooling or for cooling and heating.

Ductless systems can now do both, but not every model is designed to heat and cool homes, so you’ll have different choices—and different costs—if you only need to cool your home or want cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter.

We’re Happy to Help

Of course, if you want to know what’s the best ductless system for your home, the best answer will come from the experts! Get in touch with us, so we can assess your situation and make the best recommendation for the size of your home and the needs you have.

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