Did you know you could cool and heat your home all from one system? True, we rarely need to add heat on any given day in the West Palm Beach area, but that’s even more of a reason to get a 2-in-1 system rather than replacing a furnace or some other heating system that’s barely used when it gets too old.
For many homeowners in our area, a ductless system (also called a ductless mini-split due to its setup), ductless systems are becoming the preferred choice. They’re great for affordably and conveniently keeping your home comfortable all year long.
Are Ductless Systems Right for All Homes?
We’ll be honest, there are some homes that benefit more than others from the addition of a ductless system. And choosing the right HVAC system for your home can feel pretty daunting, since there are so many options to choose from.
Our technicians are here to help you make an educated decision, to determine if a ductless system is a worthwhile investment for your home or if some other type of system would be more beneficial. For instance, if you’re in a smaller home, or if you already have ductwork in place that’s in great condition, a heat pump could be the better choice.
The Ductless Setup
As the name suggests, a ductless system is an HVAC system that doesn’t rely on a network of air ducts. Rather, it uses one outdoor condenser unit, which is connected via refrigerant and power lines to up to 4 inside air handlers mounted up on the walls of your home (typically over doorframes).
Ductless systems work similarly to a standard central air conditioner, which moves (transfers) heat from one area to another. But the major difference is that there is a reversing valve that switches the flow of refrigerant, to allow heat into your home for however brief a time you need it. Ductless systems are great for many homes, for the following reasons:
- Versatility: Ductless HVAC systems are able to both heat and cool the home, enabling year-round comfort. Just by flipping a switch, the system can go from “cooling mode” to “heating mode” effortlessly.
- Convenience: If you don’t have ductwork already in place, or you have older ducts that could really use full replacement, there may be another option for you! Ductless systems are less invasive in the home, more affordable from month-to-month to operate than standard AC systems, and are less disruptive to make repairs on.
- Affordability: The initial installation of a ductless HVAC system will be more than a standard air conditioner or central furnace. However when you go ductless, you’re essentially removing another appliance from your home—one that may have needed repairs shortly on down the road. Also, given how energy-efficient they are, they can help keep your budget in check.
- Energy Efficiency: Ductless HVAC systems operated on less power than other systems. This is due to their small size. Additionally, homeowners have ultimate control over the temperature of the air going into each room, therefore boosting efficiency. And, since mini-splits have no air ducts, they avoid the energy losses associated with ductwork leaks. A breach in a forced-air system’s ducts can allow for more than 30% of energy waste! A ductless system, as a result, will save you a considerable amount of money.