Should You Go Ductless?

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.

Unhappy young woman failing to keep cool next to a fan wishing for Ductless Space Conditioning

Ductless Space Conditioning: How Does It Work?

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 in the winter.

Because the condensing unit located outdoors, you can accurately control the temperature of your rooms inside while keeping unwanted noise outside. 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 – Ductless Space Conditioning

There are many 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 power consumption.
  • Smaller units – Ductless space conditioning units are smaller in size than traditional HVAC equipment, measuring approximately seven inches in depth.
  • Less noise – Since the outdoor condensing unit is outside (typically around 15 yards from your indoor air handler), loud noises are minimal.
  • Flexible interior design – Ductless systems are smaller, sleeker, and can in different locations. Attach the indoor air handler high on a wall, flush into a drop down ceiling, or find a great floor model.
  • Arctic Air Services is a Trane Comfort Care Specialist and install a line of ductless products and be sure to contact us for your free estimate!

Cons – Ductless Space Conditioning

Although a ductless AC system might seem like a perfect alternative to traditional HVAC equipment with ductwork, there are a few drawbacks.

  • Higher initial cost – Even though a ductless air conditioner operates at higher efficiency levels than traditional HVAC methods, the initial cost is much greater. A ductless heating and cooling system cost approximately $1,500 – $2000 per ton of cooling capacity, or roughly twice the amount of similar sized window air conditioning 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.
  • Careful installation – Ductless HVAC equipment is harder to install than traditional HVAC equipment.

Should you choose 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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