Most people are familiar with forced-air HVAC systems. The type of system that has a central heating and cooling component and ducts to carry the heated or cooled air throughout the house. A lot of homeowners have become frustrated with these systems due to inconsistent performance, expense of operation, and the dust they tend to distribute as evenly as the air they handle. But what other options do you have?
Managing the air in a home with a ductless system is advantageous over a forced-air system for a number of reasons. Whether you’re retrofitting a historic home and don’t want to drop the ceilings to house ductwork, are frustrated with the performance of central air, or tired of the allergen-containing dust that is blown around by them, ductless systems offer highly efficient and customizable performance at reasonable pricing.
A ductless system can save you money in a few ways. Firstly, their efficiency ratings are off the charts. A ductless system will operate with at least a 30% efficiency increase over a forced air system. Secondly, it is very easy to do zone-by-zone environment management by setting the thermostats on the ductless units to different temperatures in different rooms, giving you environment management where you need it. They also do away with the losses incurred as air is moved through a duct, making them even more efficient. Every forced-air system will lose some efficiency to the ducts that carry the air through the home.
An often overlooked benefit to the ductless system is a cleaner environment. They will filter the air in your home much better than a central heating system or a radiator system – which does no filtering at all. For allergy sufferers, the ductless system can make a huge difference in the severity of their symptoms by helping to filter out all the allergens from the air.
This method of heating and cooling is among the most, if not the most, efficient methods of environment management for a home. Their myriad benefits make them an attractive option for just about any home.
If you would like to discuss your options in ductless heating, give us at Palo Alto Plumbing, Heating & Air a call today!