Ductless heating systems, also known as ductless mini-splits, are a way of using forced-air heating in a home without requiring a network of ducts to distribute the heated air. Instead, ductless systems use a single outdoor cabinet that hooks up directly to a series of blower units mounted throughout the house. The blowers contain their own coil and fan and send air straight into the rooms without needing any ducts at all.
Ductless mini-splits are increasing in popularity in new homes for a number of reasons, some of which we will list below. To learn more about the benefits of ductless heating in Austin, TX and the surrounding areas, call the experts at Intelligent Air Services today.
Ductless Heating System Benefits
- Energy efficiency: As heated air travels along with ductwork, it will start losing energy through the duct walls. This will happen no matter the airtightness of the ducts (and if the ducts are leaky, the heat loss can be immense) and makes ductwork a less energy-efficient method of heating than finding a way to bypass them—such as using a ductless mini-split system.
- Zone control: Ductless heating saves energy in another way: it permits you to control which rooms receive heat and which don’t. The different blowers of a ductless mini-split system can be controlled independent of each other, so empty rooms won’t need to have energy wasted heating them, which is what happens whenever a central heating system that uses ducts turns on.
- More space and design freedom: If you are constructing a new home, adding on a new room, or having remodeling done, choosing to go with a ductless heating system frees up a large amount of space that would otherwise go to the ductwork. You will not only have more room, but you will also have greater freedom to design the new space just how you want it.
- Heating and cooling in one package: Most ductless heating systems are heat pumps, which means they function both as heaters and air conditioners. They provide the same amount of cooling during the summer as any standalone air conditioning system of comparable size. When you invest in a ductless mini-split, you are investing in year-round comfort, not just winter comfort.
Ductless heating does not work for some homes; if you already have an existing ductwork system and are not planning on new construction, a ductless mini-split may not be the best choice for you. However, if you live in an older home without room for ducts, or if you are building a new home/remodeling your current one, a ductless heating system is definitely worth your attention.
At Intelligent Air Services, we specialize in ductless heating in Austin, TX. Arrange an appointment with our technicians today to find out how we can make ductless heating work for you.