Is A Ductless Split System Right For Me?
Though Ductless split HVAC systems have been popular in other parts of the world for many years, U.S. consumers are just starting to appreciate their many benefits. These units provide targeted cooling and heating. They’re often used where conventional HVAC systems would be impractical or too expensive to use.
How the Units Work
Conventional HVAC systems are often inflexible, complicated and unwieldy. Most buildings need redesigning to accommodate the complex air distribution network. The ductwork usually degrades the equipment’s performance due to inaccurate sizing, leakage and accumulation of debris.
Ductless units eliminate the need for registers and ductwork. Each unit has all the components needed to heat or cool a specific room. A ceiling/wall mounted cabinet houses the indoor fan coil with a separate condensing unit set outdoors. Removing the ductwork gives the engineers a chance to expand the building’s design.
Ductless air handlers placed in strategic locations also reduces the noise caused by moving air, reduces energy consumption and increases comfort. The equipment can be installed in a short time. Such units are suitable for garage and basement conversions, media rooms and recording studios.
In whole-house applications, a single condenser can be connected to multiple air handlers with compatible compressor units. Each handler would have a separate control unit to enable zoning comfort. The temperature in different rooms can be set to the inhabitant’s expectations.
Advantages of a Ductless Split System
Ideal for Old Houses
Such homes usually have tight spaces and thick walls, which makes it hard to install a conventional HVAC system. Ductless units can be located far from each other without impacting on efficiency. This flexibility allows contractors to position units for optimal performance and visual appeal.
Better Operation in Lower Temperatures
Conventional units are only ideal for areas with relatively mild climates. Here, the temperature usually doesn’t fall below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. There are ductless models that feature special technology to enable them operate in temperatures that fall below -10 degrees Fahrenheit.
Ductless Split HVAC systems are emerging as better alternatives to noisy, inflexible and inefficient central systems. They deliver better comfort, quiet operation and high efficiency, at a lower cost. One can also find other optional features, such as hard-wired thermostats and advanced remote controls. Follow us for more great articles on heating, air conditioning and home needs.