Ductless heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, often known as mini-split systems, are aesthetically pleasing and provide reliable comfort. The decision to install a ductless system comes down to homeowner preferences. Ductless air conditioning is a great option for individuals living in small quarters who need additional cooling during warm Wisconsin summers.
How Does Ductless Cooling Work?
Ductless air conditioning systems connect indoor air handlers to an outside compressor. To transfer heat from one space to another, the ductless system uses ductless heat pumps and heat exchanger coils. In the winter, the heat pump brings warm air from outside to raise inside temperatures; in the summer, it does the opposite, extracting warm air from inside your house.
The Advantages of Installing a Ductless Cooling System
A ductless system doesn’t have a large indoor unit that is connected to each room by ductwork. Instead, it has smaller units that are put in each room and linked to an outdoor unit. The indoor units draw in warm air and release it as cold air. Here’s a look at several other reasons to invest in a ductless cooling option.
When new ductwork is required for a conventional HVAC system, installation can take a long time. Alternatively, you can avoid the agony of being without cool air for as long as possible by having a ductless air conditioner installed.
A technician can complete the installation in as little as a day for a small house with just a few rooms. Also, if you want to add on to your home, ductless cooling systems are less expensive than extending a traditional heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system to the new space.
Improve Indoor Air Quality
The air we breathe has a significant impact on our everyday disposition and well-being. Those who spend most of their time inside their homes need to pay special attention to the state of their indoor air quality for their own health and comfort. Irritants, toxins, and even airborne germs and viruses can have a negative impact on our health. This is why it’s crucial to maintain the best possible air quality within your house.
A ductless HVAC system does not need ductwork, which is a common breeding location for pollen, dust, and other harmful particles in conventional systems. Fortunately, ductless systems use multi-layer filtration to minimize the amount of dirt, pollen, and pollutants brought into your house. Also, ductless systems do a better job of removing moisture from the air.
Requires Minor Maintenance
There are several cleaning tips you can follow to help keep AC maintenance as minimal as possible on a ductless system. These tips include cleaning the filters on a regular basis, making sure the wall vents are free from clutter, and ensuring the outdoor unit is free from debris. These cleaning tasks are much simpler because you don’t have to regularly clean ductwork and fix air leaks.
Once a year, your HVAC technician will look at the whole system, find any problems, and fix them for you. A ductless air conditioner can last up to 20 years if it is well taken care of.
It’s more cost-effective to use a ductless system than a conventional HVAC system. The primary cause of this stems from only being able to regulate a single space at a time, rather than the whole home as a whole.
Let’s say you have a five-bedroom home. You prefer a temp of 72 degrees in your bedroom. Your child prefers 68 degrees, and the other three like it around 75 degrees. With a ductless system, you can maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the home while cooling down those specific areas as needed. This allows you to cool only the bedrooms instead of the whole house, saving money and energy.
Ductless systems allow you to scale them as needed. For example, let’s say you install a ductless system but quickly notice you should have included an indoor handler vent in the upstairs bathroom. With a ductless system, there’s no need to go back and add ductwork. Instead, you can simply add the indoor handler to the upstairs bathroom and link it to the outdoor unit.
Smart Heating and Cooling
Plug-and-play smart devices can add intelligence to ductless cooling and heating systems. With a smart AC controller, you can manage your air conditioner from the comfort of your smartphone, turning your unit into a Wi-Fi-enabled model in the process. This remote access allows you to monitor and adjust your home’s heating and cooling settings even when you’re halfway across the world. Being able to adjust its settings is an effective way to save money on HVAC expenses when you’re away on vacation.
By adding smart sensors to your ductless system, you can use location-based controls, history recording, smart sensors, and more. You can even sync your smart ductless system with Google Home and Amazon Alexa if you prefer.
Reduce Carbon Footprint
The SEER and EER of ductless HVAC systems are much higher than those of conventional systems. Because they are more efficient, systems without ducts make less carbon dioxide than systems with ducts. Also, ductless heating and cooling systems that have earned the ENERGY STAR label use a lot less energy than what is required by the US government. As a result, not only do energy costs go down but so do your carbon footprint and pollution levels.
Use of refrigerant is another important factor in these systems’ lower carbon footprint. As R410A is a non-ozone-depleting refrigerant, it helps lessen the damage that air conditioning may do to the atmosphere’s protective ozone layer.
Take Advantage of Ductless Heating
Some ductless HVAC systems are easy to change so that they can heat as well as cool. These ductless heat pumps, often known as “reversible” systems, may be used in either the summer or winter. Certain ducted systems, on the other hand, can only cool your house. If you want to be comfortable all year, you’ll need to install a separate furnace.
Workout With a Breeze
Models equipped with i-See Sensing Technology automatically direct airflow to the area with the highest temperature. If you want to exercise with the air blowing on you, you can. The wind may be set to automatically blow in the opposite direction at certain intervals. Its sensor has an energy-saving auto-off function and a separate Energy Saving Mode.
Take Advantage of Rebates
Several utility companies now provide rebates and other financial incentives to individuals and businesses who install ductless air conditioners due to the improved efficiency afforded by these systems. This is because utilities can then use the energy saved from reducing air conditioning use toward meeting greater needs.
Ask About Ductless Cooling Options Today
Contact Black-Haak today to learn all about the benefits of ductless cooling systems. One of our Greenville AC contractors can explain the installation process and how ductless systems work. You can also learn about the many other services we provide, including AC maintenance, plumbing repair, and electrical repairs.