Why Are Ductless Systems Better Than Centralized Systems?

Ductless forced-air HVAC systems—also known as ductless mini split heat pumps—have existed for many years. But they have only made a significant impact in homes during the last decade, when they became a viable alternative to the standard central heating and cooling systems that connect to ventilation networks. Instead of using ductwork, these ductless systems instead send air directly into rooms through wall-mounted blowers. The multiple blowers connect through refrigerant and power lines to a single outdoor unit that serves as the condenser and evaporator for the heat pump.

“Ductless” sounds like a major advantage for a comfort system. Are ductless mini split heat pumps inherently superior to standard central systems? In some cases, absolutely. It depends on your home, however, and to reap all the following advantages, you need to make sure that you’ve chosen the correct system. Call Ardon Maintenance to find out if ductless air conditioning in Huntsville, TX is an ideal choice for your home.

Some advantages of going ductless

  • Zone control: A ductless mini split heat pump is a “zone control system,” which means that you can manipulate the temperature in different rooms (or “zones”) independent of each other. A central air conditioner and heater will affect the temperature throughout a home, whether you need it for certain rooms or not. But ductless systems permit you to control individual blowers and shut off the cooling/heating to rooms that no one is using. This will save you money off your utility bills each year, and it allows for people in the house to adjust the temperatures in a room to meet their own needs without affecting the rest of the house.
  • Improved indoor air quality: One of the major disadvantages of ductwork is that it gathers and traps dust, dirt, debris, and other particles circulated from indoors and then re-introduces them into your air. Without ducts, you eliminate a major source of indoor air pollution. Ductless systems are especially helpful if people with allergies to airborne contaminants live in your home.
  • Increased space: Ductwork takes up a large amount of space in a home, and many older houses do not have them at all. Instead of performing a massive re-model to allow for ductwork, or relying on under-powered window air conditioners, you can have a ductless mini-split heat pump installed and bypass the problem. Ductless systems are also ideal for new construction and add-on rooms, removing the hassle of building around a ventilation network.

Should you go ductless?

Ductless mini split heat pumps are fantastic if you are building a new home or live in a home that does not have any ducts: in both cases, there’s rarely any good reason to go with central heating and air.

However, if you already have ductwork, you might be better served with a standard heat pump. To find out more, speak to the Ardon Maintenance installation professionals today.

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