What is Ductless Heating and Cooling?

Unlock Energy Savings and Comfort with Ductless Heating and Cooling

Homeowners who are looking to save energy and money should consider going ductless for heating and cooling their homes. Traditional ductwork systems can waste energy, are easily damaged, and may reduce your home’s indoor air quality. Furthermore, when delivering conditioned air through ductwork, 20-30 percent of the air can be lost through gaps in the system. Going ductless is a modern energy-efficient option that removes the middle man (ductwork) from the equation,  directly heating or cooling the desired areas. The ductwork is replaced by a heat pump; consisting of one outdoor unit and one or more indoor units, usually wall-mounted. 

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Benefits of a Ductless Air Conditioning System

  1. Affordable Heating and Cooling: Ductless systems have been proven to reduce heating and cooling bills by up to 30%. Additionally, installation costs for heat pumps may be covered through rebates and incentives by Mass Save in Massachusetts or Energy Wise in Rhode Island. 
  1. Zone Control: Unlike most ductwork systems, ductless units allow for heating or cooling of individual rooms. Multiple heads can be installed around your home to offer personalized temperature control in each room.
  1. Energy Efficiency: A high-efficiency gas furnace can achieve an efficiency rating of about 97%, meaning 3% of the energy consumed is not being used towards heating. While today’s ductless heat pumps can produce up to 300% more energy than the amount of electricity consumed; a 3 to 1 energy conversion ratio. 
  1. Improved Indoor Air Quality: Ducted systems can accumulate dust, dirt, mold, and other contaminants within the ductwork over time– damaged ductwork in attics or basements are especially at risk for this problem. Ductless systems eliminate these problems. 
  1. Quiet Performance: Ductless HVAC systems are the quietest option for heating and cooling your homes.
  1. Easy Installation: When remodeling an existing home, installing ductwork can take a construction crew several days and often involves opening up walls or ceilings. It may also impact headroom, leading to rooms with low ceilings. While ductless systems require minimal construction or modification to the existing structure. Installing ductwork in new homes is somewhat easier, but still requires additional labor, time and materials.
  1. Reduced Heat Gain or Loss: Traditional ductwork often runs through unconditioned areas such as attics, garages, and basements; this leads to heat gain or heat loss and can impact the comfort of your home. 
  1. Environmentally Friendly: Ductless systems reduce greenhouse gas emissions and overall energy consumption, helping both our planet and your wallet. 
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Drawbacks of Ductless Systems

  1. Maintenance: Filters tend to accumulate dust, pollen, and other allergens quickly so it’s recommended that filters be cleaned once a month. 
  1. Higher Upfront Cost
  1. Extreme Cold Environments: Depending on the model, these units may struggle to adequately heat your home when temperatures drop significantly below 0 degrees Fahrenheit. In these situations, a secondary heating source may be necessary. 

Note: Many mini-split systems come with backup heating options built in, but these supplemental heaters are less energy efficient.

Ductless HVAC System Benefits Outshine the Drawbacks

Ductless HVAC systems offer numerous benefits for homeowners seeking energy efficiency and cost savings. Although maintenance and higher upfront costs are considerations, the long-term energy savings and environmental friendliness outweigh these drawbacks. 

Want More Efficient Home Heating and Cooling?

If you’d like more information on how you can minimize energy consumption and maximize savings while making your home more comfortable all year round, then contact Energy Geeks. Our mission is to provide the most comprehensive and efficient solutions to reduce energy use in your home.

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