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Is it Worth Installing a Ductless System in Your Home?

ductless-mini-splitWe still have a couple more months of hot weather in front of us, and then it’ll be time to start cranking the heating system. If you’re not sure whether or not your current heating system is up to the task of keeping your home warm through the next heating season, it might be a good idea to replace it now. You have a lot of options to choose from, each of which have their own advantages and disadvantages. Have a look at some of the reasons why you might want to have a ductless system installed in your home.

Unique Ductless Qualities

A ductless system, as the name implies, doesn’t use ducts to circulate air. Instead, it makes use of air handlers installed in rooms throughout the home. Each air handler is responsible for conditioning only the room in which it is installed, with up to four indoor air handlers connected to a single outdoor unit. Each air handler has its own thermostat, allowing it to operate independently from the rest of the system. Like all heat pumps, ductless mini splits are capable of operating as either air conditioners or heaters.

A bit more construction work is involved with ductless installation than other systems, mostly because most homes are not outfitted to use ductless mini splits. However, a bit more investment up-front is often more than worth it when one considers the advantages a ductless system can offer.

Advantages of Using a Ductless Mini Split

Ductless mini splits have a number of advantages over other systems, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Energy Efficiency: A ductless system is quite a bit more energy efficient than many other systems. For one thing, it doesn’t have to worry about duct leaks. Duct leaks are responsible for energy losses of up to 30% in other forced air systems, so it’s a significant thing to avoid them. Ductless systems are also more energy efficient than many combustion based heating systems, as they don’t have to burn any kind of fuel to generate heat. If you’re looking for a way to increase energy efficiency without giving up output, a ductless system might be a great option for you.
  • Versatility: Family members warring over a single thermostat have been fodder for sitcoms and comics for decades. With a ductless mini split installed, though, you don’t have to worry about that. Ductless mini split air handlers each have their own thermostat, allowing you to set the ideal temperature for the room you’re in without bothering anyone else in the house. Modifying the amount of output each room in the home gets also prevents hot and cold spots from forming, a common problem for centralized climate control systems.

Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing provides comprehensive ductless mini split installation services throughout Chevy Chase, MD. If you need a ductless mini split installed in your home, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians. We’ll make sure that you get the perfect ductless solution for your needs.