As you plan your new addition, consider a ductless system for cooling and heating. These systems are often the most energy efficient, cost-effective and architecturally attractive appliances to keep it comfortable year-round. They’re especially advantageous if extending your current HVAC system isn’t possible or practical.
Ductless systems don’t use any ductwork to deliver the conditioned air, making them ideal for new additions or retrofitting a space. You won’t lose any space in the walls or ceiling for ductwork, or the expenses associated with expanding the existing ducts.
Ductless systems, also known as mini-splits, offer more benefits like:
- Energy efficiency — Few HVAC systems rival the energy efficiency of a ductless heat pump or air conditioner. They have the same components as central systems that include an indoor air handler and an outdoor condenser. A flexible conduit connects the two and supplies the refrigerant, power and drainage.
Mini-splits gain efficiency from the lack of ductwork that often has air leakage and thermal losses. A ductless system must meet the same federal efficiency standards as a central system, which ductless systems often exceed by using advanced technology in their components.
- Flexibility — The air handler can be placed unobtrusively in a room, or where it will provide the greatest comfort. If you need winter heating, the best position for a mini split heat pump is on the wall. The conduit is available in a number of lengths, and the condenser can rest on a pad or be hung from an exterior wall. Larger ductless systems can support up to four air handlers, making future expansion easy.
- Quick installation — Mini splits install quickly, since the factory adds the refrigerant and there’s no ductwork. The conduit snakes through an exterior wall and only requires a three inch hole in the exterior wall.
- Individualized comfort — Each air handler has its own thermostat and remote control. You can turn the system off when the room isn’t in use.
A ductless system is a solid choice for a new addition or retrofit. If you’d like more information, contact Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing, proudly serving Indianapolis-area homeowners.
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