Mini-Split Musings

The Costs of Not Switching to Ductless

February 27, 2019

There’s a more recent innovation in heating and cooling technology known as ductless or mini-split heating. As the name “ductless” implies, the system is very different from the traditional HVAC systems because it doesn’t involve a large network of ventilation ducts that need to be installed under the floors, behind walls, and in ceilings.

Beyond the differences in structure, there’s monetary value in switching to ductless heating and cooling. You could be losing more money than you realize with traditional HVAC, but how? We’ll show you why ignoring what ductless systems can offer can actually cost you money in the long run.

More to Install & Maintain


For many other HVAC systems, controlling the temperature in a building requires multiple sets of technologies, such as a gas burning furnace for heat and an air conditioner to cool. Having both units and the ductwork installed costs more because you’re paying for two different systems, in addition to extra utilities such as gas.

A ductless system is an all-in-one solution. It can both heat and cool a structure, without needing any additional technologies or pipework in place to get the job done. So, if you’re looking for an all-encompassing HVAC solution, ductless is it.

Ductless Helps You Reclaim Space


One of the biggest expenses for traditional HVAC systems is the need to build out ventilation ducts, as well as cut holes in the floor of every room for grates. The cost is substantial, and if you live in an older home that predates centralized HVAC, this may even entail tearing up the floor.

Since ductless systems don’t necessitate duct installation or extensive renovations, it is a better choice for older or historical homes. Ductless is also a suitable alternative for single rooms (e.g., attics) if you want to reclaim this space and add value to your home by converting unused areas into an office, study, home theater, game room, and more.

Recurring Costs on Bills


Finally, the biggest expenditure for people who don’t have ductless) is those permanent, ongoing monthly expenses: heating and cooling bills. With a centralized system, every room in a house gets climate control, regardless of whether that room is in use or not. That means bathrooms, unoccupied guest rooms, whole basements, and other areas are being heated or cooled for no reason. That can also be a problem at night when people are only in their rooms yet the whole home is filled with treated air.

Ductless systems give people superior control over which rooms are heated or cooled. Since a mini-split unit can operate on a room to room basis, you save a lot of money every month by not wasting energy on those rooms that don’t need the attention.


If you’re thinking of getting a heating and cooling system for your property, switching to ductless may be right for you. Call an expert to evaluate your home or business space and find out which configuration will work best for your needs.


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