Ductless Air Conditioner and Ductless Heat Pump Systems
Ductless air conditioner and ductless heat pump systems are quickly growing in popularity, and that is no surprise. If your house does not have ductwork you might think or have been told that it would be impossible to have whole home air conditioning installed. That was a correct assumption not too long ago when there weren’t effective systems that could be installed in houses with either forced hot water heating or completely electric heating systems.
However, the days of having to use bulky, drafty, energy inefficient cooling or electric or baseboard heating in each and every room you want to heat or cool are over, even if your home does not have ductwork!
Recently, new systems called ductless air conditioners have been brought to the consumer market. Now you can have central air no matter how your home is currently heated and whether or not you have existing ducts. The ductless air conditioning units are as quiet as a breeze, and are far more energy-efficient than other systems. They can cover your whole house, while being zoned with multiple thermostats so you can control the temperature differently in different parts of your house. Their cousins, ductless heat pump systems, also provide the same benefits in providing warmth.
A ductless air conditioner or ductless heat pump is practically invisible to the eye. It is likely that you’ve been in a house with one and not even known it. The small (one to three-inch) holes where the cool air will be delivered can be located high on your walls, low to the ground, or anywhere in between. The rest of the ductless air conditioner system is smaller than a conventional furnace and can be installed in a crawl space or basement. There are no visible features in your rooms except the small holes where the cool air flows.
As these systems grow in popularity, there are more qualified installers around. It is important to be sure that your installer has experience with these systems and has installed it in homes similar to yours. Ask the prospective installer how many ductless systems he or she has installed, and ask for references.
A Ductless air conditioner (and/or ductless heat pump) will increase the resale value of your home – in fact, in some areas older homes do not sell at all if they are not capable of whole home cooling or are stuck with expensive electric heating. So the next time you are carrying that bulky window box unit up a flight of stairs, going into a blazing hot room where the current cooling system cannot reach, o
r looking at an electric bill that seems too high, think about the fact that you could have comfortable and quiet whole home ductless air conditioner or ductless heat pump system.
Ductless Air Conditioner and Ductless Heat Pump Advantages
We will be providing the most up-to-date news and information about ductless air conditioning and ductless heat pumps including split systems and individual units. Included will be the advantages, cost, and parts associated. We will also provide customer feedback about ductless systems. If you live in a home without built-in ducts and have previously been told or just assumed that installing whole home cooling would be close to impossible, you will be surprised to hear about the potential of these exciting systems.
There are many advantages of ductless air conditioning and ductless heat pump systems, even if your house does have ducts. Conventional systems may not be your choice even if you can have either.
– The first and perhaps most significant advantage of these systems are their small size. They can be easily zoned to cool individual rooms using split systems. While conventional ducted systems often do two zones at most, a ductless air conditioner or ductless heat pump can easily have as many as four or five indoor air handling units which can create four or five zones. All of this still only requires one outdoor unit!
– Ductless air conditioning systems are also much easier and simpler to install than other types of central air systems. The installer only has to drill small 3 inch holes in your walls for the air tubing, as compared to having to install whole ducts. The same goes for a ductless heat pump.
– These systems also naturally save energy. Ducts, especially if they run through hot attics and crawl spaces naturally lose energy in getting you your cool air.
– Finally, these systems are more aesthetically pleasing than other types of central air or heating, and they provide more safety and security. For example, how easy would it be for someone to push in a window box and get into your house? These systems only require a three-inch hole.
A ductless air conditioner or ductless heat pump is a great product for those with houses without ducts, increasing comfort and resale value. However, even those with ductwork might be tempted to put in a system as well!
Here is more information about Energy Star Ratings of Ductless Systems
Ductless air conditioner and ductless heat pump vs. conventional systems
Some specific benefits that you may not have been aware of include:
+ The Indoor unit of a ductless air conditioner or ductless heat pump system is small and space-saving as compared to a conventional furnace. It does not need a large footprint to function, even if it is a split system, and therefore can be installed in a small space.
+ Since no ductwork is required, installation of a ductless air conditioner or ductless heat pump is simple, fast & very efficient. Even split systems or min split systems are not difficult to install. You won’t have to cut large openings in walls or major construction. In some ways, since the system involves tubing run through walls, it’s almost like adding more electrical wiring – that simple!
+ The compressor is in the outdoor unit, so there is virtually no indoor noise generated in a ductless air conditioner or ductless heat pump system, and even outside the compressor is quiet.
+ The operation of the central unit is controlled by a microprocessor, which ensures that the temperature and humidity levels in the room are always comfortable. Mini split systems allow you to control the temperature in different zones, saving money and energy
+ Your system will likely come with a wireless remote control, so you’ll be able to control temperature, fan speed, the timing of temperature changes, etc. This makes these whole home cooling systems highly convenient
+ Most ductless air conditioner systems have what’s called “Dry Mode” which means that the system will efficiently dehumidify your home. In dry mode the system uses less energy and saves you money
+ The system can use three Fan Speeds, which allows a ductless air conditioner or ductless heat pump to create a comfortable airflow throughout the room.
+ A ductless system will often have what’s called “Air Sweep Control” which directs comfortable and cool or hot air in a sweeping motion around the room, an advantage over conventional central air conditioning systems.
+ At night the mini split system will automatically save energy by manipulating the temperature in each zone, so you save money without sacrificing your comfort.
These systems may be perfect for your house, whether you have ducts or not!
Our Ductless Heat Pump and Ductless Air Conditioning Guide
We are an independent and unbiased website designed to bring you the latest information and advice about heat pumps and air conditioning for your home. We are not directly affiliated with any provider of air conditioner or heat pump or any installer of systems, nor do we accept contributions from the same. This way we can maintain our independence and ensure that we are providing you with truly independent information with which to help you make your choice about this potential addition to your home. We will continually update our site with the latest information and advice about this exciting home improvement technology.
We welcome the feedback of our visitors, whether you have installed one of these systems or whether you looked into it and want to share your experience. We also welcome your questions submitted through our comments section, though we cannot guarantee
that we can answer all questions submitted and we also cannot guarantee that the answers you receive from other visitors will be 100% accurate. We do ask people who answer questions to identify the reason for their knowledge – are they an installer, did they look up the information online, etc.
You will find more detailed information on the following pages:
Our Blog: For more detailed up-to-the minute advice about installation and upkeep, as well as costs and benefits
Comprehensive Q&A: Answers to common questions about basic and split systems, and again both a ductless heat pump and a ductless air conditioner
Ductless Air Conditioner Reviews – users weigh in on their experience
Ductless Air Conditioning Cost: Information about what you might expect to save on your electric bill vs. the cost
Installation of Ductless Cooling: Provides detailed information about installation of a regular of split system
Ductless Heat Pump Reviews: Reviews some of the more common systems available
Ductless Heat Pump Cost: Goes over the cost of installing and using these systems
Ductless Heat Pump Installation: How will you maintain your system for maximum life and performance
Covering both Ductless Air Conditioner and Ductless Heat Pump Systems
Our website covers both ductless air conditioner and ductless heat pump systems, and although we’ve divided our coverage of both into two separate sections, you will see – as you do on this page – some intermingling of the two terms. This is simply because many systems these days are hybrids, providing both heat and cooling and it is therefore hard to cover one without at least the mention of the other. We are trying to provide the most accurate and helpful approach, knowing that for some consumers the purchase of their ductless heat pump may be all they need, or the purchase will augment an already reliable heating system, but for a good number a system that does both is the answer.
If that does not sound complicated enough, we also want to cover both because for some consumers they may go in thinking they just want a ductless heat pump or vice versa, but they may have it in the back of their mind that the other system may end up being a later upgrade. Some consumers may also install just one of the two systems but then their other system does not last and they find themselves considering ductless at that point.
Ductless air conditioner and ductless heat pumps in 2016
We are seeing a predictable increase in sales of ductless air conditioner and ductless heat pump systems and it’s no surprise. Whether it’s because costs have come down, installers have become better at their craft, or word is spreading to more people with homes that lack duct work, an expansion of the market is happening.
The technology is already quite mature, so there are few major advantages to report in this year’s systems over last. Of course incremental improvements in efficiency, size and reliability will likely be seen. In some cases these improvements will be enough to attract new customers and put those that were on the edge over the top as far as making a decision.
Interestingly, one of the main improvements we’re seeing in the world of ductless air conditioner and ductless heat pump systems is that there appear to be more and perhaps more accurate tools available to help you decide which system is right for you. Not only can you find tools online that might help you figure out the exact size you need, but also whether you can use a one system with splits or whether you need a mini split system altogether. It’s still going to require a consultation with an expert about your unique home, but these online tools will give you a ballpark estimate and make you a more informed customer.
We hope we can provide you with unbiased and comprehensive help in your search for a ductless air conditioner or ductless heat pump.