Forced air heating and cooling systems remain the most popular types of systems in the residential market. The fact of the matter is, though, that winter weather is fairly mild for a significant portion of Americans. For them, it would be more financially and environmentally efficient to consider an option other than the traditional furnace and air conditioner system combination.
If you are interested in alternative HVAC systems that are a great fit for mild climates, think about using a type of heat pump, called a ductless mini split system. Not only do ductless mini split systems minimize energy usage, and therefore extraneous expenses, they actually double as a powerful air conditioner while eliminating the need for ductwork. It may sound a bit confusing, but we’re happy to help you better understand how a ductless system can benefit you.
Heating and Cooling? Really?
That’s right! You may have heard of a heat pump by now, as they are becoming increasingly common and are now frequently being utilized in warmer climates. Heat pumps do not generate heat in order to warm homes, but instead use a refrigerant cycle in order to draw heat out of the air outside by evaporating refrigerant in the outdoor unit. The refrigerant is compressed and its heat is used to heat indoors as it is condensed. This is the opposite of how a central AC works. However, the system has the ability to reverse its refrigerant cycle. This means it can reverse that same cycle to offer both heating and cooling. A ductless mini split system is a type of heat pump, but does not use a central indoor unit or air ducts.
Working without Air Ducts
A ductless system utilizes an outdoor unit, along with individual indoor blower units. Typically, an outdoor unit will support up to 4 indoor units. These units are generally wall-mounted, and heat/cool the rooms in which they are installed directly. The indoor and outdoor units are connected via a simple conduit that contains power, refrigerant, and any necessary drainage lines.
The Benefits of Eliminating Ductwork
There are a few benefits that you’ll enjoy by eliminating ductwork. First of all, it makes installing the system in existing homes far more convenient and straightforward. Another benefit is that you don’t have to worry about ducts leaking, getting damaged, or needing to be cleaned. This is a big one. When air ducts leak, which they easily can, homeowners generally don’t become aware of it right away. This can lead to serious energy loss and high energy costs. Ducts also need to be maintained. They need to be regularly monitored and cleaned in order to ensure they’re properly working.
It is also possible for pollutants to make their way into the system. When that happens, the air ducts can spread those pollutants throughout the entire house. This can quickly reduce indoor air quality, leading to aggravated health problems, such as frustrating allergy and asthma symptoms.
Choosing to use a ductless system can also help everyone in your home live more comfortably. Independent zone control is an inherent (and highly covetable!) feature of the ductless mini split because each system is its own entity. As such, each blower is controlled independently of each other. This means that you can maintain separate temperatures in different areas of the house. So everyone can be comfortable, no matter their temperature preferences. Further, you don’t need to waste energy heating a room in which you aren’t actively spending time.
Contact Goettl Air Conditioning & Plumbing to discuss whether a ductless mini split system is right for you today.