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Important Factors to Consider When Choosing a Ductless System

Important Factors to Consider When Choosing a Ductless System

Are you thinking about purchasing a ductless system as your home's new HVAC system? There are a few practical factors that you should address before deciding what system to invest in! Read below to take into consideration all the important factors that come with a ductless system.

What Are Ductless Mini-Split Systems? 

Mini-splits have a lot in common with many other heating and cooling systems: They have an outdoor condenser and indoor air-handling unit. Many mini-splits provide both heating and cooling. The primary difference between mini-splits and most other air conditioning systems is that mini-splits don’t have ducts.

Is Ductless A/C a Good Option For My Home?

Flexible Solutions:

Ductless air conditioner options are a cost-effective solution for home and business owners with inefficient electrical baseboard heaters, space heaters, or window air conditioning units. You can even use mini-splits for buildings that already have a ducted system! 

Energy Efficiency: 

Since mini-splits are ductless, they don’t experience the energy losses associated with ducted heating & cooling systems. The loss of energy through ductwork can account for over 30% of the energy traditional central forced-air systems consume, especially if the ducts pass through attics or other unconditioned spaces. This efficiency contributes to pretty significant cost savings! 

Better Air Quality: 

Homes with mini-splits often enjoy better air quality than those with central heaters. Systems with ductwork are more likely to collect mold, dust, and pollen that can have a negative impact on your health. With mini-splits, not only are there no ducts to collect these particles, but they also feature multi-stage filtration designed to significantly reduce particulates such as dust, pollen, bacteria, and allergens. 

Drawbacks of a Ductless System

They Require Regular Maintenance: 

While the maintenance required with mini-splits is not nearly as frequent or involved as it is for ducted systems, you’ll still need to wash the filters once a month. If you neglect cleaning your mini-split, it won’t be able to handle the build of debris, and you will need to arrange and pay for professional cleaning!  

Higher Up-Front Investment:

If you only use ductless systems for a single room, ductless mini-splits are a larger investment than comparable baseboard or window units. Also, if you were to replace the existing central heating or cooling system in your home with mini-splits in every room, it may be three times more expensive than just replacing it with another ducted system. However, in the end, your investment will even out with lower energy bills! 

Does a ductless system sound like it is a perfect fit for your home? Or maybe you're still trying to weigh the pros and cons? Reach out to our experts at MSP! Whether you’re ready for an installation or have a few more questions… give us a call (651) 346-0234!