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The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Going Ductless

The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Going Ductless
Ductless air conditioning units, or ductless mini-split systems as they are also known, are growing in popularity for homeowners. As switching from a traditional HVAC system to a ductless system is a significant investment, it is well worth the time it takes to research the pros and cons of this decision.
Here are the major points about ductless systems to help you determine if this is the right decision for you.

When it comes to air conditioning efficiency, ductless systems win hands down. It is common knowledge that 20-30% of the energy is lost as the air travels through ductwork, a factor that will definitely reveal itself on your energy bill after the switch. Additionally, with a ductless mini-split, it is as if every room is zoned. This means that the temperature is able to be controlled individually and is great for people with different temperature preferences. This means that rooms you don’t want or need to cool don’t have to be, once again cutting down on wasted energy.

The complete cost of a ductless system is often more expensive than a standard, ducted air conditioning system. The exception to this rule is if you do not have existing ductwork in your home already, which can increase the price of a central air installation. So if you are looking for a lower upfront price, ductless is not the way to go. All the extra expense translates into a simpler, quicker, installation process and of course lower costs in the long term but the initial cost can be very prohibitive. Furthermore, if you ensure you are only are purchasing units for areas that definitely need them, you can save more money.

Maintenance for your ductless system is imperative to ensure it continues running efficiently and reduces the likelihood of breakdowns. As a side note, the warranties available for ductless air conditioning systems are often shorter than traditional HVAC units, so avoid neglecting proper upkeep. Ductless mini-splits are far more sensitive to dirty filters than alternative options, and filter cleaning is suggested at least once a month in addition to the normal 90-day replacement schedule. Failure to do so can result in a very expensive professional cleaning bill if allowed to build up to the point the system stops working properly. Just like central air, twice-annual professional maintenance checkups are suggested to keep your unit in tip-top shape.

Additional Considerations
You obviously don’t need to worry about the expense of duct cleaning with a ductless system. Also, the buildup of dust, allergens, and other air quality issues are far less of a problem with no ductwork to build up in or circulate around your house. A ductless system can unfortunately be an eyesore if you prefer every room to be a beautifully designed masterpiece. Color choices are often limited and they can’t often be positioned out of sight. Low-profile units are available now with growing popularity, but don’t expect it to be unseen. On the plus side, your home’s value may increase due to the efficiency of the system and the lack of ductwork. However tempting a simple to install system is, seeking a trained professional for installation, repair, and maintenance is always preferable and will keep your warranty valid. As a final note, ductless systems are best in new homes, new additions, a specific room with a temperature problem, or homes who have never had ductwork installed to begin with.

Ductless mini-splits are a worthwhile investment as a primary or supplementary air conditioning option. Despite the upfront expense, the lower energy bills and customized comfort will more than makeup for the cost over time. To find out if a ductless system might be right for your home, contact East Coast Heating And Air Conditioning today.

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