Is a Ductless Heating and Cooling System Right for You?

Sometime in the lifetime of your home, you’ll be confronted by the need to replace your heating and cooling system(s). Like bodies, mechanical systems eventually break down and need repair, and there comes a time when replacement makes more sense than fixing the system once again.

If you’ve reached that point, the question becomes, “What type of system should I choose?”, it’s time to take a look at both traditional and ductless heating and cooling systems. Once you’ve done a bit of homework, you’ll probably want to talk to a heating/ventilating/air-conditioning (HVAC) professional to discuss your specific needs.

Traditional HVAC System

The traditional system consists of a furnace for heat, an outdoor compressor for a/c and a system of ductwork that runs throughout the home with vents in each room. The ducts circulate freshly cooled or heated air throughout your house and flushes out stale air. You set the desired interior temperature for the house with a central thermostat.

Ductless Heating and Cooling System

A ductless system consists of individual units that contain blowers and are mounted on the walls, floors or ceilings in various rooms of your home; refrigerant lines; and an outdoor pump that can either move warm air outdoors or absorbs heat and sends it indoors. Since each room or zone has its own unit, you can control the temperature in your home more precisely.

Pros and Cons of Traditional HVAC Systems

You will probably want to choose a traditional HVAC system if your home already has ductwork. It distributes heated or cooled air equally throughout your home and it is less expensive than installing an entirely new system. It also requires minimal space in each room of the house – vents are generally built into the wall and are fairly unobtrusive. The initial purchase cost of replacing your furnace or compressor will likely be lower than installing a ductless system.

However, if you are looking for long-term energy efficiency and cost savings, a traditional system may not be the way to go. You are heating or cooling the house evenly, no matter whether individual rooms are in use or not. They can also be noisy as the furnace or a/c turns on and off to regulate the temperature.

Pros and Cons of Ductless HVAC Systems

Ductless units are very energy efficient. They only require small holes drilled into the wall, so there isn’t much heat loss as they operate. Their compressors also speed up and slow down based on the needs of the system, so they don’t waste energy shutting off and on, as traditional compressors do. Your energy bills will be lower as a result. This also means they are quieter than a traditional system.

If you want to vary the temperature in different rooms of the home, ductless allows you to control the heating and cooling by room or by zone, depending how you set up your units. If mom likes her bedroom warm, but Suzy likes hers chilly, ductless units can meet their individual needs. Or, if you don’t want to heat/cool some of the rooms regularly, you needn’t turn on the applicable units.

They can also work as adjuncts; if you have rooms that aren’t connected to your traditional system, you can add a ductless unit without much trouble. There is also no ductwork to clean.

In ductless systems, rooms or zones don’t share the air with each other, so if you have a man cave that reeks of cigar smoke or a gym that smells of sweat, those odours won’t seep into other spaces.

The knocks against ductless systems are their up-front cost and aesthetics. Installing a ductless system costs much more than a traditional system. You’ll reap rewards with lower monthly bills, but it may take time for that savings to balance out the purchase price. Ductless systems also require a unit in each room or zone, which can interfere with your home décor.

Which to Choose?

As you consider which type of system you’d prefer, think about which will be more cost-efficient, given the size of your space and its configuration. Also give thought to how each system will affect your available indoor and outdoor space. If you choose a ductless system, you’ll certainly want to make sure it is sized properly to be as efficient as possible.

Don’t hesitate to consult our HVAC professionals for additional insights and expertise.

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