When you think of HVAC systems, furnaces and air conditioners probably comes to mind first. However, there are more than just those systems that can help keep your home comfortable—there are also ductless heating and cooling units. But what are ductless systems, and how can they benefit you? The experts at New Berlin Heating & Air Conditioning break it all down for you below.
What Is Ductless Heating and Cooling?
In short, it’s a way to heat and cool your home on an area-by-area basis. Wall-mounted heating and cooling units called ductless mini-split systems are installed directly in rooms of your choice and provide custom temperatures for that space only.
So if you have certain rooms you use more than others, you can adjust the temp in that room without it affecting conditions anywhere else in the house. It’s an ideal option for homes that don’t have any ductwork or for providing customized comfort in individual rooms or home additions.
Is Ductless Heating Efficient?
More traditional HVAC systems like furnaces and A/Cs rely on ductwork to circulate air through a house. While it works, it’s also estimated that homes can lose up to 25 percent of air—and the energy it takes to heat or cool it—in ducts alone.
Ductless heating and cooling systems don’t have that problem, meaning they’re more energy-efficient than other HVAC methods. Plus, by providing customized temperatures room-to-room, you don’t have to waste energy heating or cooling areas that you don’t regularly use.
How Much Do Ductless Heating and Cooling Systems Cost?
The answer, like everything, depends on many factors, including:
- Where you live and the weather patterns there
- Whether you need just one ductless unit or enough to heat and cool your entire house
- How energy-efficient the system you choose is (the more efficient, the more it will cost upfront)
- The team you choose for installation
Keep in mind that while a great HVAC team and energy-efficient unit might cost more upon installation, you’re likely to make up for those costs over time thanks to reduced energy bills.