Did you purchase a home without ductwork? Does your South Jersey home have specific spaces that always seem colder or warmer than the rest of the house? You may want to consider a ductless HVAC system, also known as a ductless mini-split. Just as the name suggests, these heating and A/C systems don’t need traditional ductwork to keep your home comfortable. Heating Specialties has extensive experience with these systems and can help you determine if it’s the proper healing and cooling solution for you.
A lesson on ductless systems
Many homes rely on a roadmap of ductwork behind the walls and ceilings to move comfortable air around your home. Most homeowners are happy with their duct system until they notice a particular room never seems to cool down in the summer or contemplate an addition to their home outside the existing ductwork.
Ductless systems employ an outside compressor connected to one or more wall-mounted indoor units. Each wall unit handles a “zone” in your home with its thermostat. Having multiple units means you can control the climate throughout your home, concentrating on the areas you use the most. Or, you may opt to keep your home’s ductwork system and use the ductless system in a sunroom or above your garage. It’s a much easier solution than trying to install additional ductwork.
The pros of a ductless system
Ductless systems have several homeowner advantages:
Energy efficiency: A typical ductwork system has its flaws. Up to 30% of heated or cooled air can leach through leaks and gaps out of the duct system. If you’re trying to save money by closing off the register in an area you rarely use, you risk creating pressure imbalances or mold problems.
Individual controls: Does your family have thermostat wars? With a ductless system, you can enjoy different temperatures throughout the home. Ductless models rely on inverter compressors, which can speed up and slow down depending on needs inside the zone.
They are less expensive than installing ductwork from scratch: You may have fallen in love with your older home, and you thought you could tough it out during the humid South Jersey summers with wall units and room fans. There’s no need to sweat over the thought of paying for extensive ductwork if a ductless system will work for you.
They address problem areas in the home: You may have one room that always seems cold. Or, you may wish you could use your sunroom during the hottest summer months or even in winter. A ductless system takes care of such problems.
Like anything, ductless systems have their drawbacks. They cost more than a comparable window unit or baseboard unit. You may pay two to three times more if you’re considering replacing your entire ductwork-based heating and cooling system with a ductless system. Yes, you will see energy savings, but those savings may need time to even out.
A ductless system also requires professional installation and maintenance; it’s not a DIY project! Fortunately, Heating Specialties is your South Jersey expert in HVAC, including ductless systems. If you have questions about ductless systems, or if you’d like a professional opinion on how a ductless system can address your home’s heating and cooling issues, reach out to Heating Specialties at (866) 923-2653 or request service online. Keep every area of your home comfortable with Heating Specialties!