If you have been experiencing issues with your ducted heating and cooling system, you may have thought of installing a ductless mini-split system. Ductless heating and cooling has many advantages over the more common ducted systems, and is more cost effective as well. Ducted HVAC systems can build up pollen and pollutants and may heat or cool your home ineffectively. If you are ready for improved air quality and more control over the temperature in your home, keep reading for out top 5 reasons to install a ductless heating system.
When you are operating a ducted heating and cooling system in your home, you may be wasting energy without even realizing it. The ducts that move air from the source into the different rooms of your home are sapping the heating/cooling power through conduction.That's right, the ducts conduct either warm or cool air and cause your HVAC system to work harder than it needs to. This phenomenon will affect your energy consumption, especially in those critical months with extreme temperatures. Pittsburgh weather is not known for being predictable or especially pleasant in the summer and winter months, so make sure you have the most efficient HVAC system possible.
Ductless mini-split systems completely avoid this problem by eliminating the use of ducts and transporting the conditioned air directly from the outside into your home. If you want a unit with a higher SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio), a ductless unit is definitely the best choice. Where regular ducted systems generally range around 13 to 20 SEER rating, ductless systems range from a much more efficient 18 to 30 SEER rating. By making your home more energy efficient, you are reducing your total energy consumption and making an environmentally friendly choice.
Another reason so many are choosing ductless systems is the simple installation process. When installing a ducted system, it takes a long time, requires major building modifications, and is very invasive to your daily life. On the other hand, ductless systems do not require major alterations to your home and can be set up within a day. A ductless air conditioning system has the advantage of connecting to its outside component with just a small tube — about three inches in diameter. Since the connection tube is so small, it does not require any serious repair work on your walls. Because of the noninvasive installation process, many people considering a new heating and cooling system will choose to go ductless.
If you have seasonal allergies or feel that your home air quality is not what it used to be, it could be time to install a ductless mini-split system to help remedy those issues. Older ducted systems can accumulate pollen and dust from the outside that is very difficult to remove from the vents, even during a deep cleaning. With a ductless system, you can choose from a variety of filters depending on your home air quality concerns. These filters can be easily removed for cleaning or replacement every few months, so you know that there is no long term buildup in your system. With a ductless system, you can feel comfort that there are no unwanted pollutants circulating in your home.
One of the top concerns among those upgrading their HVAC system is cost over time. As we mentioned before, a ductless HVAC is an environmentally friendly alternative to the more traditional ducted system. Because ductless systems have higher SEER ratings than ducted systems, you can use less total energy and decrease your utility bills each month. Since there is no conduction happening in the vents, more conditioned air is being delivered to your living spaces.
Ductless systems are also more affordable to operate because the individual units work independently of each other. Since they work independently, ductless systems can target rooms in your home based on temperature differences. For example, if one room of your home gets very hot on sunny afternoons, only that room will receive additional cooled air. This feature prevents you from wasting energy cooling your entire home for just one space.
In the past, heating and cooling systems have been fairly rigid with their settings and air distribution. If one member of your household prefered to be warm and the other preferred to be cold, there was no way to adjust for individual preference. When you install a ductless system, you give each member of your household power to control each room’s temperature via remote control. This is especially beneficial for those who suffer from allergies, as too warm of an environment can worsen allergy symptoms. Individualized control will also help people who have trouble sleeping as they are able to find their ideal temperature to get a good night’s sleep.
If you are still undecided about installing a ductless mini-split system, call the professionals at 412 Ductless. From quotes to installation, 412 Ductless is here to provide you with the highest quality air conditioning in Pittsburgh. Call 412 Ductless today for and upgrade your heating and cooling system for the coming summer.