If you’re coming across a blog about installing a new HVAC system this time of the year, chances are that there is a little desperation behind the decision–you need an effective and efficient cooling system and you need it now.
But as tempting as it is, we really have to encourage you to slow down. This is not a purchase you want to rush into, as you can be matched with the wrong AC system for your house, or even matched with the wrong sized air conditioner for your home, which can lead to efficiency and performance problems later on down the line.
Additionally, while you may have always had a ducted system, you could do well to consider the benefits of going ductless! Read on as we uncover some of the perks of this option.
They Are Versatile
Ductless systems are commonly a top choice for homeowners because of their ability to both cool and heat. They operate on heat pump technology, which means there’s a reversing valve that switches the flow of refrigerant depending on what your needs are.
This is a great option if you’re also looking to replace your aging heater soon, in addition to your air conditioner.
They Are Convenient and Space-Saving
If you do already have a ducted system, you may think it makes the most sense to replace it with a similar system. However, do you know the state of your ductwork? And would you like an easy option if you decide to remodel or add on rooms to your home?
Then ductless is the way to go. They don’t require any space for bulky ductwork–their air handlers can be mounted high up on the walls in the rooms you need them for, and they’re connected to the small outdoor unit via a conduit that contains a power cord, refrigerant line, and condensate line, all of which can be run through the drywall just with a very small hole behind the air handler.
They Are Energy-Efficient and Cost-Effective
Due to the nature of their setup, ductless air conditioning and heating systems operate on less power than more traditional air conditioners and furnaces. And since they don’t require ductwork, you will never have to deal with energy loss from leaky air ducts.
Additionally, each of the air handlers can be operated independently. So if you have rooms that are unoccupied, you don’t need to run the AC in them (or the heat, in the wintertime) therefore saving energy and money.