Ductless systems (or Split-Systems) generally consist of one or more wall-mounted indoor units working together with an outside compressor. These are seen in situations in which one would think a window or baseboard unit would be installed, such as areas without ductwork like new add-ons to a house, garages, etc. Unlike window units, ductless units are less vulnerable to air leakage and security problems, as they require only a small hole about 3 inches in diameter to be drilled into the wall for installation. Plus, they are less visible and audible.
They’re also exceptionally energy-efficient. The average home can lose a good deal of its energy costs due to improperly maintained ducts. Simple solution – remove the ductwork from the equation. Unlike central air conditioners, ductless systems have inverter-driven compressors. These compressors speed up and slow down to meet the needs of the system instead of shutting down entirely like a traditional system. This eliminates the excess energy consumed during start-up.
What’s The Ideal Situation For A Ductless System?
Depending on the construction of your home, ductless systems sometimes just make more sense in a variety of situations. Even including whole-house heating and air conditioning for some applications.
With that said, there are certain situations where a Split-System does have a clear advantage:
Areas where ductwork is not available or easily accessed, like new additions to your home:
Sunrooms & three-season rooms, bonus rooms, cabins, garage apartments, or even the Man Cave men have always dreamed of having!
A ductless system will be properly sized for the new space and will not steal air from other rooms and overwork your traditional A/C system.
Downsizing for Larger Homes.
There are many retirees that don’t want to heat nor cool the rooms they don’t use often. So instead they shut air conditioner grilles in the empty rooms in an effort to save money, causing pressure imbalances and mold problems. An alternative option is to install a ductless system in the rooms you use most and set the thermostat to run minimally.
Addressing Multiple Needs Under One Roof.
Tired of hearing your family constantly fighting over the thermostat like it’s the television remote?
A ductless system is an ideal solution for this problem. You can establish independent temperature zones in different rooms across the house. Although you can establish zoning with a traditional central heating and cooling system, a Split-System can be more efficient.
Extra Cooling to a Room With Extra Heat.
For instance, if you have a small kitchen with a big stove, a Southwest view, or one of those big picture windows, you can be sure the kitchen will require additional air conditioning due to the extra heat the kitchen will experience from the appliances or sun. A Split-System will provide that extra support to keep your kitchen nice and cool for your next party.
Adding AC to a House With no Prior Existing Ductwork.
While going ductless may not be cheap, adding ductwork to an existing system may leave you with a brand new hole burned right through your wallet and into your savings account! If you need to cool an area without ductwork, a ductless mini-split system should be an option you consider.
Choose a Good Contractor (One like us!)
Correct sizing and proper installation of your new ductless system is very critical and it’s the only way to get all the benefits we just mentioned. It’s always best to have a NATE-certified contractor install any HVAC product or system and the same holds true for ductless systems. The technicians at New Berlin Heating and Air Conditioning will ensure your system will function properly. We will make sure it is sized correctly, that all wall penetrations are sealed appropriately, and provide a start-up check to ensure all electronics are set and working properly.
If you would like a quote or more information regarding ductless systems, call New Berlin Heating and Air Conditioning today!