What is a ductless system?
A ductless system, just like its name suggests, doesn’t require extensive and intrusive ductwork to transport air throughout a building. Instead, several separate ductless units can be installed, and each one can be controlled and adjusted individually to heat or cool a certain area. Air is blown directly into a space instead of being transported through ductwork to get to its destination.
Advantages of Going Ductless
- Savings will vary depending on how often the system is used and what the original source of heating or cooling was, but you can dramatically decrease your energy bills by setting your overall thermostat higher in the summer and lower in the winter.
- Spot-heat or cool the most-used areas and turn off the air in rooms that aren’t being used.
- Rebates are often available from states and utility services, which can often offset the cost of installing ductless units and/or provide tax credits in future years of use.
- Ductless systems only use as much energy as necessary to heat or cool a small space, therefore, they are far more energy efficient than any other type of heating and cooling system!
- Keeping a space at a more even temperature avoids cycling, or turning on and off over and over again, which is a big waste of electricity.
- With duct-free systems, direct transmission of warm or cool air eliminates energy dissipation. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that “duct losses can account for more than 30% of energy consumption for space conditioning.”
Enhance indoor air quality and reduce maintenance.
- Filters can be added to each ductless system to trap and kill many airborne allergens, remove odors, and improve overall air quality. Cleaning air filters is an easy maintenance check that should be done every three months.
- Ductwork gathers a lot of dust and allergens and recirculates them. It also requires a lot of cleaning and expensive maintenance. Ductless units reduce or eliminate these problems.
- Ductless units can be utilized in a variety of different settings. Consider going ductless if you have
- No current A/C
- An old or historic home
- A home addition
- A finished, remodeled, or converted attic, basement, or garage
- A new home
- A desire for additional heating or cooling
- An A/C system that is outdated or malfunctioning
- Extreme temperature differences throughout a building
- Rooms with large windows
- Rooms with vaulted ceilings
- Two or more levels
- Residents with different temperature preferences
Most ductless units are designed to keep a room cool in temperatures as high as 115°F and warm in temperatures as low as -15°F. So, while your neighbors shiver or swelter as their conventional air systems struggle to keep up, your living spaces can easily remain temperate (for much less money).