Should You Go Ductless?

Posted on: October 15, 2014

The pros and cons of a ductless space conditioning system.

The push to become more energy efficient is everywhere. Recycling initiatives, hybrid cars, you name it. But, many people don’t realize they can conserve energy—and money—by switching to a ductless space conditioning system.

Are you interested in installing a ductless air conditioner in your Sarasota area home? If so, call Arctic Air Services today at (941) 747-8800—or keep reading to learn more about ductless systems.

Although they are energy efficient, is it truly beneficial to make the change from a traditional heating and cooling system to a ductless space conditioning system? Let’s take a look.

Ductless Space Conditioning: How Does It Work?

Now you may be thinking, “Without any ductwork, how does a ductless air conditioner heat and cool my home?” Ductless HVAC systems contain two mechanisms. The first, an indoor air handler, is placed in a room or area you are looking to heat or cool. Typically mounted high on a wall or ceiling (floor models available), the indoor air handler communicates with an outdoor condensing unit over a small channel, keeping your home or office cool during the summer and warm during the winter.

Because the condensing unit is located outdoors, you are able to accurately control the temperature of your rooms inside while keeping unwanted noises outside. Sounds great, right? Now that you know how a ductless space conditioner operates, it’s time to weigh the pros and cons.

Pros and Cons of a Ductless Space Conditioner

Pros

There are many great features a ductless heating and cooling system offers, including:

  • Energy efficiency – According to the U.S. Department of Energy, ductwork in traditional HVAC systems accounts for 25 to 40 percent of your heating and cooling system’s energy consumption. Cut down costs by making the switch to a ductless space conditioner.
  • Smaller units – Ductless units are smaller in size than traditional HVAC equipment, measuring approximately seven inches in depth.
  • Less sound – Since the outdoor condensing unit is located outside (typically around 15 yards from your indoor air handler), loud noises are kept to a minimum.
  • Flexible interior design – Ductless systems are smaller, sleeker, and can be placed in a few different locations. Attach the indoor air handler high on a wall, flush into a drop down ceiling, or find a great floor model.

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Cons

Although a ductless AC system might seem like a sexy alternative to traditional HVAC equipment with ductwork, there are a few drawbacks you should be aware of.

  • Higher initial cost – Even though a ductless space conditioner operates at higher efficiency levels than traditional HVAC methods, the initial cost is much higher. A ductless heating and cooling system costs approximately $1,500 – 2000 per ton of cooling capacity, or roughly twice the amount of similar sized window units.
  • Sizing – An improperly sized unit will result in wasted energy and higher energy bills.
  • Location – If installed too far apart, the indoor air handler and outdoor condenser unit are unable to communicate, causing your system to work harder and result in higher energy costs.
  • Difficult installation – Ductless HVAC equipment is harder to install than traditional HVAC equipment, so be sure to leave installation to the certified professionals at Arctic Air.

If choosing to install a ductless space conditioner, be sure to contact your licensed professionals at Arctic Air Services for 100 percent customer satisfaction.

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