Is Ductless Heating Right for Your Home?
Everyone’s home is different, so deciding if ductless heating is right for you or not, is really up to you and your home’s circumstances.
With fall in the near future and colder temperatures on the horizon for Western New York, you may be considering your options to keep your home warmer, or even to provide heat to a room in your home that stays much colder than others (sunroom, basement, etc.). The good news is, even if you don’t have ductwork throughout your home or to a particular space in your home, you have options. We are going to review some of the pros and cons of ductless heating to help you decide if ductless heating is right for your home.
What is Ductless Heating?
Before we can dive into if ductless heating is right for your home, we thought it would be a good idea to review what it is.
Ductless HVAC systems, often referred to as mini-split systems, are a type of heat pump that do not require ductwork for installation, unlike a traditional HVAC system. Ductless systems can be used for both heat and air conditioning.
Ductless heat pumps, or mini-split heat pumps, are an alternative to radiator or baseboard heating, as well as a replacement for window units for cooling. The outside unit extracts heat from the air, even when it’s cold. Refrigerant carries the heat directly to the head(s) inside, which then delivers heated air to occupied space. In warmer months, the system works in reverse for quiet, efficient air conditioning (Energy Star).
These systems are composed of two main components: an indoor air-handling unit and an exterior condenser or compressor. Multiple ductless indoor units can be connected to a single outdoor unit: that’s where the “split” part of the name comes from. These units are typically wall-mounted and blow heated air into the room they’re in, providing heat in areas where you may not have had it before.
Is Ductless Heating Right for Your Home?
Everyone’s home is different, so deciding if ductless heating is right for you or not, is really up to you and your home’s circumstances. We have reviewed if your home would benefit from ductless AC before, so let’s do the same with ductless heat.
Below we review some of the pros and cons of ductless heating.
– Comfort: Heat areas of your home that don’t have ductwork or stay cooler. A ductless split system is capable of heating and cooling rooms of your home independently of one another, providing zoned comfort. This can save you money and make your home more comfortable, plus you can have more warmth in areas of your home that are noticeably cooler than others.
– Energy Efficient: Ductless systems are extremely efficient and have the ability to heat and cool homes at just a fraction of the cost of other heating and cooling units. Ductless systems use 60% less energy than standard home electric radiators.
– Easy Installation: If you are deciding if ductless heating is right for your home, one of the main reasons may be because you don’t want to have to deal with having ductwork installed in your home. Ductless installation doesn’t require any ductwork, and can be completed in just a day or a few days. This also makes the installation less expensive than a traditional HVAC system.
– Space Saving: These units are flexible in regards to location, as they are rather small in nature, most are under only a few inches wide and a couple feet long. They can be installed mostly anywhere on a wall, suspended from the ceiling, or mounted into a drop ceiling. They usually have a remote control that makes it easy to turn them on and off, regardless of where they are located.
– Appearance: While these units are small, some people don’t like the aesthetic of them. The indoor portion of the ductless system is usually in the form of a bar that is mounted in each room one is installed in. Some homeowners think they are much more noticeable than a single vent.
– High Upfront Cost: For a single-room solution, ductless units cost several times more than comparable window AC units or baseboard heating units. And in whole-house terms, if you replace your existing central heating/cooling system with a complete ductless solution, you may pay two-to-three times the cost versus simply replacing it with another duct unit (HGTV).
– Maintenance: As with your regular HVAC unit, your air filter in your ductless system needs to be changed regularly, generally more often than a central HVAC system’s. These systems require significant maintenance to provide effective climate control. Filters must be removed and cleaned on a monthly basis, and even more often if you have pets in your home.
Ready to for Ductless Heating in Your Western New York Home?
If you think ductless heating is right for your home, Duffett Plumbing, Heating & AC can help. We install a variety of heating systems, including electric or gas furnaces, boilers and radiant heating, and ductless mini-split systems.