The Interest in Ductless Systems Continues to Grow—Here’s Why
July 24, 2019
Ductless systems like mini-split units for heating and cooling are one of the fastest growing sectors of the HVAC industry as more home and business owners look to this technology for their in-building comfort needs. But what is it about ductless technology that makes it so popular with Americans today? Here are a few of the key benefits that are leading more people to make the switch.
It’s Renovation Friendly
More and more Americans are adding value to their properties by reclaiming “lost space,” such as the attic, or adding an extension to a home for even more room and versatility. However, with a conventional HVAC solution, this also involves building out ventilation ducts to these new rooms. That is expensive and, in the case of an attic, not always possible.
Ductless heating and cooling systems, as the name suggests, don’t require ventilation ducts that run back to a central furnace. So, a single room, such as an attic, can still be warm in the winter and cool in the summer without a huge HVAC construction investment.
Another reason to switch to ductless is that it combines the classic “short-term pain for long-term gain” benefit. A new ductless system eventually pays for itself over the long run because it’s more energy-efficient than a traditional HVAC system.
One of the ways that energy efficiency is lost in a ventilation system is through the vents themselves. Leaks and other structural defects in the vents can cause cold or warm air to leak out before it ever reaches the rooms intended. Ductless also doesn’t require additional connections, such as natural gas, the way many modern furnaces do. Paying for fuel, repairs to the infrastructure and service for these older setups can be expensive.
There’s More Control
A final, very important factor in the popularity of ductless systems is that they give home and business owners far more precise control over their environment. This feature also contributes to cost-effectiveness. A central HVAC system can do only one thing, which is to bring an entire building to the desired temperature.
However, a ductless system can control the temperature on a room-by-room or zone-by-zone basis. For those who own multi-unit residences, homes, or businesses and do not require every room to be maintained at a comfortable temperature all the time, ductless systems provide flexibility.
If one room or wing of a home is currently not being used, it doesn’t have to be heated or cooled the way the occupied parts of the house will be. For example, on a hot summer night, you can choose to cool only the bedroom because people are sleeping in it, while the air in the rest of the home is left untreated by your ductless system.
If you’re looking for a better way to heat or cool a new part of your home or want more control and efficiency with your utility bills, you should contact us. Let us help you enjoy the cost, control, and comfort benefits of a ductless system.