What Is A Ductless HVAC System?
A ductless system is essentially a unit that hangs on a wall in your home and both heats and cools a designated space. There is also an outside condenser unit that goes along with the indoor unit as well. These units are quite popular for recently finished attics or other room additions to a home.
Why Would You Get A Ductless System?
The easiest answer is so that you wouldn’t have to pay for new ductwork to be run to the space. Ductwork can be quite complicated and generally hides behind a lot of walls and floors. Designing and installation of new ductwork in a new area can easily climb to over $10,000 alone. Therefore, a ductless system can at times save you some money.
The Pros & Cons Of Going Ductless
- Can be cheaper than paying for new ductwork to be designed and run to space.
- Minimally invasive installation makes them less vulnerable to air leakage
- Exceedingly energy efficient (an average home loses 25% or more of energy to ductwork).
- A ductless system can last longer than a normal heating and cooling system.
- Up-front costs can be higher than an average AC or furnace installation.
- Regular maintenance can be tricky.
- Some people do not prefer the look of the ductless unit hanging on their walls.