It’s officially the time of year in central Alabama when you want to grab a blanket to stay warm. While curling up with a blanket sounds cozy, ductless heating might be just the solution you need to get through the winter here in Birmingham.
They offer a cost-effective way to replace inefficient window air conditioning units, space heaters and electric baseboard heaters. Plus, they’re easily installed just about anywhere in your home.
Learn more about ductless heating and how it could be a great option to help keep your home comfortable this winter.
What is Ductless Heating and How Does it Work?
Whereas traditional heating and cooling systems force air through ducts, ductless heating and cooling systems deliver air directly into different zones. Unlike difficult-to-install duct systems, they use a small outdoor unit and one or more indoor units connected via refrigerant lines that merely require mounting capabilities and access to electricity.
Where Does Ductless Heating Work Best?
Ductless systems can make sense in a variety of applications, including whole-house heating and cooling. They efficiently create independent temperature zones in different rooms with minimal construction. While you can have a ductless system installed just about anywhere, they work especially well for the following scenarios:
- New additions, such as garage apartments, bonus rooms and sunrooms.
- To improve temperature control in specific rooms.
- Downsizing efforts for larger homes.
- If your house has no existing ductwork.
- New construction of homes in areas with high fuel costs.
Advantages of Ductless Heating
Ductless heating has many benefits, including:
Because they’re smaller than traditional forced-air systems and are only heating specific zones in your home and not the entire house, ductless systems can cut your cooling costs by 30 percent compared to conventional room air conditioners, per the Department of Energy.
In addition, a ductless system installed in your home may qualify you for tax credits and rebates at the federal, state, and local level. Check with your local utility provider and tax professional.
Improved Indoor Air Quality
Traditional heating and cooling systems connect to air ducts, which harbor residual particulates. Ductless air conditioning and heating systems offer multi-stage filtration to drastically reduce dust, bacteria, pollen, allergens and other harmful pollutants in the air.
Quick and Easy Installation
Installation requires a three-inch hole to connect the indoor and outdoor units. A professional HVAC contractor can easily install it within a day because there’s no ductwork coordination.
Eco-Friendly and Energy Efficient
Just like the name implies, ductless systems have no ducts. This way, they avoid energy loss from the ductwork of central forced air systems. According to the Department of Energy, duct losses often account for more than 30 percent of energy consumption for space conditioning.
Many ductless systems use 60 percent less energy than standard home electric resistance-based heating systems, according to ENERGY STAR. Additionally, because they use R410A, a refrigerant known for its zero ozone depletion potential, they minimally impact the environment.
You have a lot of control when it comes to choosing where to install a ductless system in your home. Suspend it from a ceiling, mount it flush into a drop ceiling, or hang it on a wall. Where you decide to put it is up to you.
Many come with a remote control to adjust it with ease if you choose to mount it out of reach.
Experience the Difference of a Ductless Heating System
With proper maintenance and care, a ductless heating system should provide comfort and convenience in your home for 20 or more years.
The team at KS Services makes sure you’re getting a properly-sized system for the heating and cooling needs of your home.
They’re also prepared to perform tune-ups throughout the life of the equipment to make sure it stays in top working order. So call us today to schedule a service call and consultation.