Air conditioning, heating and ventilation systems are a staple of today’s homes. Most residences are served by central HVAC systems, which are controlled by thermostats and powered by all-in-one external units. They spread air throughout homes using networks of insulated ducts located behind walls, ceilings and floors. Ductless air conditioners, heat pumps and ventilation systems are an alternative to the central units that are found in most homes. Here’s what you should know about them.
Ductless mini-split units are essentially central HVAC systems without the ductwork. This distinguishing quality makes single ductless HVAC units somewhat problematic for heating and cooling large homes. Ductless systems, much like central HVAC systems, are powered by external units. These outdoor units can run up to four indoor air handlers or wall-mounted devices that circulate heated and cooled air.
You May Improve Energy Efficiency
Expansive networks of ducts are notorious for being energy-inefficient, although measures like installing insulation around ducts, regularly cleaning them out and performing yearly inspections to patch up leaks can improve energy efficiency. Due to this ductwork problem, ductless systems inherently handle energy more efficiently than their central counterparts.
Factors to Consider Before Buying a Ductless System
You wouldn’t be reading this if you weren’t interested in going ductless. These systems aren’t ideal for all living situations, though. If your home already has a central HVAC system, swapping it out in favor of ductless units could be considered a waste of existing resources. Ductless systems also aren’t ideal for large homes, though they are suited to single rooms that aren’t connected to the central HVAC system. On the other hand, ductless systems may be the best option for older properties or renovated basements that don’t have sufficient existing ductwork. They’re also frequently used for architectural additions.
Making a major HVAC decision without professional input can be difficult, and having a new system installed requires expert assistance. Our technicians at Gulf Shore Cooling, Inc would love to address your ductless HVAC system concerns. We also inspect and repair ductwork, provide indoor air quality solutions and fix insulation problems. For any heating or cooling installation, repair or maintenance needs you have in the Fort Myers area, call us today. In fact, we respond to emergency HVAC repair issues 24/7.