Are you looking to replace both your heater and your air conditioner this year? In the past, this could be a very expensive and timely hassle—but these days, it’s possible to meet all your cooling and heating needs with just one system—a ductless mini-split.
These systems are becoming a preferred option more and more, as they are great for keeping homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer very effectively and efficiently. When you’re in the market for a new HVAC system, consider going ductless! Read on to learn more.
Choosing the Right Home Comfort Installation for Your Home
This can seem like a daunting task for any homeowner since there are numerous great options to choose from. We recommend speaking with a trained and experienced professional before you make any final decisions. Not all homes, after all, are great candidates for going ductless, so you should be aware of your individual circumstances before purchasing a new system.
For instance, if you’re in a studio space or a one-bedroom home that already has ductwork installed in it, it might make more sense to stick to the traditional model of air conditioner or heater, since installing a ductless system can be costly. But ductless systems are great for homes with multiple rooms and/or multiple levels! They’re also great for renovated homes where you want to extend HVAC use without installing more ducts.
More about the Ductless Mini-Split
As the name implies, ductless mini-splits are heating and cooling systems that don’t rely on a network of ducts to do their job. Rather, they rely on one outdoor condenser unit, connected via refrigerant lines to up to 4 air handlers that are installed throughout your home.
A ductless system works similar to an air conditioner, transferring heat from one place to another through a refrigerant process. A reversing valve is all that’s needed to switch the flow of refrigerant, allowing for summertime cooling and wintertime heating. To cool the home, heat is absorbed from indoors and moved outside, and to heat the home, heat is absorbed from outside and moved indoors.
There are a number of advantages to going ductless, which include:
- Versatility: Ductless systems are able to both heat and cool the home, allowing for year-round comfort. Just with the flip of a switch, the system can switch from “cooling mode” to “heating mode.”
- Convenient Installation: Installing or replacing old ductwork can be a difficult and costly process, depending on the layout of your home. Some households may not have space for ductwork, so a ductless system can be a great alternative. Having a ductless system installed is less invasive, cheaper, and can be completed in as little as one day.
- Cost-Effective: Why worry about servicing two different HVAC systems? When you go ductless, you’ll no longer have to repair, maintain, and replace both a heater and an air conditioner.