Advantages of Ductless HVAC Systems
Ductless HVAC systems have come a long way in recent years. They’ve achieved an entirely new level of efficiency, so they’re quickly becoming the system of choice. They’re easy to install and a more affordable option to maintain. Better yet, they can zone your temperature control, adding reduced energy bills to their already pocket-friendly price. Today’s mini-splits can even be operated remotely via smart geofencing and scheduling features. That doesn’t mean they’re perfect for every home, though, so let’s take a closer look.
Mini-split air conditioners heat and cool your environment via wall-mounted units. They don’t need ductwork, so they’re perfect for properties with challenging architectural features. If your family fights over thermostat settings, a mini-split system can deliver a different temperature in every room.
Ductwork can be noisy. The metal expands and contracts, causing noise as it does so. Traditional HVAC units also rely on variable speed fans too, and they come with their own noise. If ambient sounds make you anxious, a ductless system might be the HVAC choice for you.
HEPA filters are a relatively new product that’s revolutionizing the HVAC industry. They use UV filtration to supplement other filters, eliminating bacteria and mold in addition to other allergens. This makes them an important tool in the COVID-19 fight. Ultraviolet germicidal radiation is already a favorite among hospitals, but if you can afford a robust mini-split system, a HEPA filter could be within your reach. If you live with a family member who has a compromised immune system, a HEPA unit could have important health benefits for you.
Traditional air conditioners form holes, gaps, and cracks throughout their ducts. As cool air escapes, energy efficiency drops, so they can become expensive as they age. Ductless systems don’t require you to clean or maintain any ductwork. They retain their cooling powers better and can reduce your energy consumption by 30% or more. They’re also compact enough to fit in the tiniest of spaces, so if you’re looking for a sleek aesthetic or live in a small home, you’ve met your match.
Kansas City and Minneapolis experience temperature extremes in summer and winter, so you’ll need two forms of temperature control. Many mini-splits can reverse their effects, cooling in hot weather and warming on chilly days. That means you can finally wave goodbye to those expensive furnaces and radiators. With a ductless system, all you need to do to shift from cooling to heating is flip a switch. It doesn’t get easier than that.
No Need for Renovation
Traditional HVAC systems require major renovation. Adding ductwork to your property is both expensive and time-consuming. Ductless systems can be installed in only one or two days, depending on the size of the unit. Your air handlers only need mounting frames and a few holes, so installation won’t be a major disruption.
Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems
The average mini-split system can only deliver cooling to eight units, so it’s not ideal for large houses or businesses. That doesn’t mean a ductless system is out of the question, though. Variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems connect as many as 48 units into the same system, letting you cool some rooms while you heat others. VRF technology is expensive, but as the market evolves, its prices are likely to become affordable to homeowners.
Choose a Ductless HVAC System for Your Home
In the past, ductless systems were less efficient than traditional ductwork, but modern technology has improved their powers. Today’s mini-split will reduce your energy costs and maintain your indoor climate beautifully.
Call us to discuss your options at 763-383-8383.