Compared to ducted A/C systems, ductless air conditioning can provide numerous advantages. However, when trying to decide whether you should go with one or the other, there are quite a few factors to take into account. Whether it’s cooling costs or the overall quality of living, your HVAC system is an important part of your life at home. That being said, considerations should never be taken lightly.
Ducted Vs. Ductless
First of all, let’s distinguish between ducted and ductless air conditioning. Most houses have ducted A/C units, HVAC systems featuring ducts that flow to the majority of rooms in a household. You’ll be able to tell that a building is ducted when you see vents on the walls or ceiling. On the other hand, in ductless systems, cool air arrives in one central part of the home via a ductless air unit. The air is taken in through an outdoor condenser.
Ductless air conditioning is generally considered more efficient compared to its more traditional counterpart. But how so? Consider the following –
Affordability – Cost efficiency comes into play with ductless systems. Why? They typically require significantly less energy compared to central air conditioning. They’re less intricate and can be controlled through a single source.
Noise – Another advantage of ductless systems is that they don’t produce as much noise as ducted systems. So if you’re into quiet living, ductless might be considerably nicer to accommodate your lifestyle.
Size – Ductless systems take up less space and are much easier to install.
Control – As ductless is a much smaller system, it’s also easier to control. You don’t have to worry about opening and closing vents. Also, ductless systems often come with a remote control in addition to the mall panel.
But is it Right for You?
Okay, so from what you’ve just read, ductless probably sounds pretty nice. And without a doubt, it is. But it might only be suitable in particular living situations. For example, ductless systems might not be ideal for cooling larger living areas. Being that airflow only comes from one source with ductless, air circulation in larger areas might not work as well. Instead, we’d recommend using ductless systems for smaller homes, older homes, home expansions, garages and other smaller living areas. Meanwhile, another factor you can take into consideration is the climate that you’re living in. Whatever you decide, always make sure to consult your trusted HVAC specialist. Overall, ductless is best in homes with no duct work. If you already have ductwork, then it is much less costly to install a traditional A/C.