Ductless Vs Ducted Air Conditioning
To duct or not to duct? That is the question. When choosing a new air conditioning system, it’s important to get it right for the needs of your home.
In a ducted air conditioning system, air ducts made of sheet metal are inside the walls and ceilings of your home to serve your cooling (and heating) systems. Warmed or cooled air travels from the central air conditioner unit (or furnace) through the ducts and is delivered to each room in your home via the vents.
A ductless air conditioning system (commonly referred to as a ductless mini-split) doesn’t have ducts in the walls to distribute air. Rather than cooling air with one central indoor air handler and blowing it through ducts, the ductless air conditioning system sends refrigerant directly to multiple air handlers (also called blowers) that remove heat from each room individually. They look like small boxes and are installed individually on the wall or the ceiling of each room in your home.
When to choose ducted air conditioning for your home
Your space already has ducts
If you already have ducts that are in great condition, why not utilize them? Installation requires hooking up the air conditioning unit to the existing ventilation—a much faster and cost-effective solution to your cooling needs.
You want convenient operation
A ducted system is controlled by a thermostat or a main control unit. Unlike other systems, you don’t need to concern yourself with controlling different sets of units placed in rooms around the house.
You want better air flow
Ducted air conditioning systems provide superior air circulation. Since ductless air conditioning systems cool the air in each room individually, there is less air moving throughout the space—sometimes leading to stagnant air and possible air pressure issues.
You want centralized comfort
As a centralized system, a ducted system eliminates the need for installing different sets of the system for different parts of the house. There is only one system to control—and worry about—from one location.
You worry about aesthetics
With a ducted system, everything is inconspicuous—hidden behind walls and below floors. With a ductless system, the air handler boxes are mounted on the wall or ceiling of each room.
When to choose ductless air conditioning for your home
There isn’t room for ducts
Not all homes have room for ducts in the walls or ceilings of your room. For example, if you live in a space with high ceilings and prefer not take up room with the addition of ducts, a ductless system is an excellent solution.
You add a room to an existing structure
If you are adding an additional room to your home, it may be costly or difficult to add ducts to the new space and connect to your existing system. Rather than replacing your existing system, you can supplement with a small ductless air conditioning system in the new space.
Ductless units are also used in new construction to provide zoned cooling for an area that’s not frequently used—like a garage or studio space.
You want independent temperature control
Since ductless air conditioning systems have separate air handlers in each room, these can be adjusted for different cooling needs that occurs from room to room, along with situations that require temperature changes throughout the day.
You want better indoor air quality
Ductless mini split systems often come with better filtration technology and fan system that contribute to the delivery of cleaner and healthier indoor air. This is especially helpful if you have specific health issues, like allergies or respiratory ailments.
You want smart features and functionalities
Most ductless mini split systems, are designed with better functionalities and smart features that make operation and control convenient for homeowners from wherever they are.
You want to reduce your carbon footprint
Ductless mini split systems usually come with the ozone-friendly refrigerant (R410A) which can effectively help reduce your household’s carbon footprint.
You want to reduce your energy bill
While most ductless mini split systems don’t come with high energy-efficiency ratings, they are designed with better technology that brings advanced cost-saving capabilities evident in their common features and functionalities.
They are capable of targeting your home’s heating and cooling needs, and allow you turn off the system in rooms that aren’t in use—saving energy and reducing your electric bill as well.
You want complete comfort control
Ductless mini split systems give you complete control over your comfort. Since this system allows independent control over each air handling unit, you choose how you want to manage the temperature inside each room of your home.
Choosing a new air conditioning system can feel like an overwhelming task when you’re not an HVAC expert. There are many options and types of systems, making it a challenge to pick the right one for your home.
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