In South Florida, air conditioning is necessary, especially during the summer months. Not all heating and AC units are the same, though. Some homes may use window units to cool single rooms while larger homes and businesses may need central air conditioning units. Most people are familiar with the more traditional ducted air conditioner units, but the popularity of ductless heating and cooling units is on the rise.
Here, Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric explain everything you need to know if ductless heating and cooling is right for you.
Unsurprisingly, ductless heating and cooling systems are exactly what they sound like – they have no ducts. Ducted units require a condenser, compressor, and air handling unit to push cool or hot air into the entire home through a series of ducts. Ductless units work much the same way but use smaller condenser units to pump air to smaller, standalone units in individual spaces.
Depending on your needs, there are two main types of ductless heating and cooling systems.
Ideal for one room, including bedrooms, garages, and workspaces, single-zone systems are installed with little direct impact on your home. One outside compressor will carry refrigerant through a pipe going through a small opening in your home. It will then supply air or heat through the attached indoor unit.
If you are looking for a larger heating and cooling solution for your home, a multi-zone ductless system is a great option! They work the same way as the single-zone systems, but the outside compressor will carry refrigerant to two or more indoor units throughout the house. The multi-zone system allows you to control the temperature for each unit.
Whether you have an older home that does not have ducts or are completing an addition and don’t want to extend your ductwork, there are many benefits to installing ductless heating and cooling.
Because the technician does not have to install time-consuming ducts into your space, ductless units are a quick and effortless way to cool your home. Correct installation should always be done by an expert HVAC technician, such as those at Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric.
Not only does ductless installation take less time and cause less mess, but it also costs less money to install. Only small modifications will have to be done on time.
Though all heating and cooling units require a certain amount of routine maintenance, ductless systems are easier to maintain. No longer do you have to worry about dust and debris settling into your ducts and causing you to use more energy. Every month, you should clean or replace your ductless filter.
As for the outside condenser, be sure to keep blockages, such as leaves and limbs, at least two feet away. For optimal performance, you should schedule professional semi-annual inspections with an HVAC technician from Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric.
Installing ductless systems not only reduces our carbon footprint but also helps lower our energy bills. The main reason ductless units are cheaper to operate is that there are no ducts.
According to the Department of Energy (DOE), duct losses can account for 30% of energy consumption as they are often prone to air leaks due to age, bad installation, gaps, and tears. Ductless models are easy to control your energy usage based on your needs.
Traditional ducted units supply air to your entire home. While this can be beneficial, many people do not use every room all the time. Installing a ductless system allows you to control which rooms you want the heat or air to go. Another flexibility benefit is that people no longer have to argue over the thermostat! Each ductless unit allows you to individually control the temperature of that room.
For nearly 40 years, Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric has been providing South Florida with the quality HVAC service! Whether you just bought a home or looking to build an addition, ductless heating and cooling could be right for you. Our HVAC technicians can safely and professionally install ductless systems in any home.
If you are considering ductless heating and cooling, call Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric at 1-800-475-1504 or contact us online today!
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