When it comes to heating and cooling your home, you’ve got options. You may have heard about ductless heating and cooling systems, but perhaps you aren’t sure if it’s a good fit for you. Let’s break down the ductless system pros and cons to help you decide if it’s the right system for your unique home and budget.
Why go with a ductless system?
First, let’s review the basics of a ductless system. Perhaps best summed up by GoingDuctless.com, they are “highly efficient zonal heating and cooling systems that do not require the use of air ducts. Ductless systems consist of an outdoor compressor unit and one or more indoor air-handling units, called “heads,” linked by a dedicated refrigerant line.” These versatile systems both heat and cool your home to keep it comfortable year round.
The pro-ductless shortlist:
- Cost Savings: These systems allow you to only heat and cool certain areas of your home, so you can save on your energy bill.
- Energy Efficiency: Manufactured with efficiency in mind, the systems conserve energy… and money.
- Easy to Use: Operated by a remote, ductless systems are simple to use and require
little to no maintenance.
- Anti-Allergen Filter: Say goodbye to stuffy noses and sneezing, as the ductless system captures airborne allergens.
- Quiet Operation: No need to worry about a loud whirring noise—you won’t even know it’s there!
A few ductless considerations:
- Interior décor: Ductless heating and cooling systems, while as discreet as they can be, are sometimes noticeable. With traditional systems that operate using ducts, you only see the vent.
- May require multiple units: Keep in mind that ductless systems provide zone cooling—they’re not designed to maintain temperature equally throughout the home. That means it may require multiple units to keep consistent temperatures.
Ductless heating and cooling systems are great options for homes that don’t have ducts (for example, those using Cadet heaters). In most situations, their low cost of installation and operation outweigh any concerns. And with winter right around the corner, staying cozy, comfortable, and cost-effective is more crucial than ever.