Advantages & Disadvantages of Mini-Split/Ductless HVAC Systems
Posted On: July 27, 2020
If you are considering expanding your home, like a sunroom or finishing off your attic, adding appropriate air ducts from your existing HVAC system might be a bit tricky. For these types of jobs, it could be a good solution to consider adding a mini-split or ductless heating and cooling system in your home.
The biggest advantages of mini-splits are their small size and flexibility for heating and cooling individual rooms. They do not require the additional space and cost of a duct system. They do a terrific job heating and cooling spaces that are hard to properly condition with a traditional system and ductwork.
Today, ductless systems are the most common in retrofits and expansions. They are most commonly seen in finished 3rd levels, basements, garages, sunrooms, and master bedrooms. Ductless systems provide the ability to have separate heating and cooling zones for potential energy savings and increased flexibility. Another common reason why customers consider this type of system is to help maintain optimal indoor air quality.
While ductless systems are a great option for zoned heating and cooling, they do have a few drawbacks that you may want to consider before committing. Many homeowners think having heating and cooling appliances visible inside the house is unfavorable.
This is very common in other areas of the world, but is not quite as common yet in the USA. The cost can also be more than adding ductwork off an existing HVAC system, but this option does typically perform as well as a separate ductless system.
While still growing in popularity and awareness, mini-split ductless systems continue to improve, and they are a great option to consider if planning for optimal comfort and efficiency in your home.
If you have any questions about ductless systems or mini-split options, or just want to talk to a professional for what makes the most sense for you, your family and budget, call Short Pump Heating & Air at 804-364-9040 today!