A ductless air conditioner or heat pump has one or more wall-mounted indoor units. It also has an outdoor compressor or condenser connected by a small conduit instead of ductwork. They’re often used in new additions to Surf City, North Carolina, homes and businesses. It’s easy to add a ductless system while keeping your current heater or air conditioner. They’re also ideal replacements for window air conditioners. The benefits of a ductless HVAC system include better indoor air quality, low noise levels, high efficiency and easy zoning.
Better Indoor Air Quality
Contaminants are common in ductwork, like:
- Microbial growth
- Pet dander
With a ductless HVAC system, pollutants won’t be able to spread through your home as easily as with a conventional HVAC system. Many ductless systems also have multi-stage filtration to prevent uncomfortable allergy symptoms, asthma attacks and other health problems.
The indoor air quality in many homes is actually lower than the quality of the outdoor air. Without regular cleaning, contaminants will build up in your ductwork, and pests could start living there. Even after cleaning, some dust and allergens will be left behind. When you upgrade to a ductless system, a service technician will block off any existing ductwork. This keeps pollutants inside from making you and your family uncomfortable.
Low Noise Levels
Debris or leaks in your ductwork can cause annoying whistling or banging sounds. You could also hear scurrying or squeaking if you have pests in your ducts like:
When you have a ductless system installed, a professional will seal your air registers and check your ducts for problems or remove your ductwork altogether. That way you won’t have to worry about it. If you have more than one indoor HVAC unit, you usually won’t need to use all of them at the same time. Since ductless systems don’t use as much power as traditional HVAC systems, you’ll be able to use a smaller, quieter outdoor unit as well. Without disturbing noises, you’ll get better sleep and be able to hear your TV with no problem.
Ductless systems cost more at first than most conventional HVAC systems, but they can pay for themselves over time by lowering your utility bills. Since ductless devices don’t have to work as hard as traditional systems, they last longer. They suffer from less frequent breakdowns as well. You’ll never have to get your ductwork cleaned by a professional. You won’t have to repair leaks or gaps in your ducts that waste energy again. You can also avoid repairing damage to your compressor or condenser caused by dirt, dust, or debris in your ductwork.
You can use zoning to set a different temperature for various rooms, areas or zones. That way, you can avoid wasting energy by not heating or cooling unoccupied rooms. People can also change the temperature for only the zone they’re occupying. This lets you avoid arguments with family members about the most comfortable temperature for your home. If you have a conventional system, you’ll need to have dampers installed in your ductwork to direct hot or cold air where you and your family need it most. You’ll also need a separate thermostat for every zone.
The indoor units for most ductless HVAC systems come with their own thermostats. That way, you won’t have to pay for additional units. Many ductless systems come with a programmable thermostat or a remote control. It lets you control every zone from a central location. You can control many programmable thermostats from your computer or smartphone as well. Instead of taking the time to set a programmable thermostat, use a smart or learning thermostat to pick up your regular routine over time and make temperature changes as needed.
Gideon Heating and Air is a Trane Comfort Specialist with more than 50 years of HVAC experience. We can help you install, repair, and maintain a variety of heating and cooling equipment for your home or business, including ductless systems. Call us for fast, effective solutions from one of our friendly technicians.
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