Jan 012014

Ductless Heating and Air Units are popular these days as we see many people looking into ductless as they contemplate the summer months, especially if they continually have wondered about the potential and possibility of a ductless central air conditioning system.  Many older homes that don’t have duct work are also not well insulated, creating a perfect storm of sorts when summer comes – the hot air comes in and there is no air conditioning system beyond perhaps expensive window boxes to change that.  Perhaps you are here because finally in 2015 you want to do something about that.

Right now we are planning to spend some time researching the latest innovations in Ductless Heating and Air Units because usually it is about this time of year, and over the next month or two, that we hear about new systems that may be smaller, more efficient, or easier to install.  We also hear about improvements in installation techniques.  Sometimes there are new manufacturers in the ductless market which can help push prices down and drive the desire for innovation up.

Ductless Heating and Air Units: Latest Innovations

What are some of the less predictable changes we might see in Ductless Heating and Air Units? We start with two: increased DIY (do it yourself) capability, and more potential for micro uses.
Lets start with the DIY potential of Ductless Heating and Air Units.  At first these systems were not considered in that realm because they involve significant work inside your walls. And of course they require some electrical wiring. But as ductless heat pump and air conditioner installers found their own shortcuts to installation in order to make their own job easier and simpler, they actually brought things closer to the do it yourself homeowner. There are now easier techniques to run the tubing in the walls, and simpler wiring that some homeowners can do.  Of course we would be remiss in reminding any do it yourselfer that installing a ductless air conditioner is still no easy task, and while we predict that the techniques, materials, and tools will all advance even more before next spring, we still suggest that you might want to hire a contractor to do the more complicated or dangerous parts.

The second improvement is actually quite related to the first. Ductless Heating and Air Units can now be used for smaller applications, such as a one room studio or shop, or a single floor of a home that is particularly hard to cool or heat otherwise. And given the simplified installation, even the homeowner or small business owner who needs to hire a ductless installer can often do so more cheaply than before.

Ductless Heating and Air Units and Renewable Energy

Ductless heating and air units in 2015 are already considered by some as alternative energy sources that save energy and reduce a homeowner’s carbon footprint.  This may not be universally true, but it is certainly true in the case of a homeowner installing a ductless heat pump to take the place of an older and less efficient system, or a ductless air conditioning system to take the place of an array of window box air conditioners.  But we do admit that ductless home energy is not a true “renewable” source of power, and that those who really want to either live off the grid or dramatically lower their reliance on fossil fuels may not be satisfied with ductless air conditioning and/or heat pumps alone.

For the above reason we wanted to go over the idea of creating a  truly renewable energy system that uses ductless as its means of delivery.  And there is only one simple way of accomplishing that goal, and this is by installing a truly renewable system to power or at least partially power the ductless heating and air units.  For example, if you install a home solar energy system, and that is what powers your ductless heat pump or air conditioner, then you have gone truly renewable.  And the great thing about ductless as compared to other ways to heat or cool your home is that it may need less energy input to do its thing, allowing you to more effectively use these alternative energy sources.

Using a ductless systems alone may conserve power and make your home more energy-efficient, and we certainly congratulate that. But many people mistakenly think that the choice between a conventional way of heating and cooling their home such as ductless rules out the idea of having a renewable or alternative energy system.  In other words, they feel that there is some sort of choice involved.  This is not at all the case.  Sometimes the match between renewable energy systems and ductless systems is quite easy – for example a solar energy system can provide the power that your ductless heating and air units need, and the two systems can be set up so that when your solar cells have captured energy it will be used by your ductless system first before moving on to other power needs of your home.  The same can be done with home wind energy systems, most commonly rooftop wind turbines and less common micro-hydro systems.

Even less common pairings between a ductless HVAC system and a renewable energy system can be achieved.  Take for example home geothermal systems.  These alternatives usually directly heat or cool the home using the Earth’s natural warmth to do so.  So how can this be worked in concert with a ductless air conditioner or heat pump?  Easy – many ground source heat pumps do not have the power to heat or cool the home all the time, and the ductless system can be programmed to jump in when the geothermal system cannot do everything.  Of course there are also combinations that do not work directly together but do, in concert, reduce your energy bill.  Take for example a condensing boiler that is used with your ductless air conditioner or heat pump.  One system is providing hot water and the other heated or cooled air.  And the result is lower power bills and all around comfort.

Ductless vs renewable systems is not a choice between but rather an all-around choice you can make!

Ductless Heating and Air Units in 2015: Conclusion

The major purchase and installation season for  Ductless Heating and Air Units is ending and while we cannot stress enough the possibility of installing a ductless central air conditioner or heat pump in the off-season in order to save money and potentially speed the process we know that many people will still wait until next spring. So what is next for us over the next six or seven months or so?  In short, we will be diligently covering new advances in  Ductless Heating and Air Units technology,  new possibilities that are related to ductless, and the drawbacks and advantages of any new designs.  Basically we will make sure we don’t miss a thing as this exciting technology advances and new possibilities roll out.

If you have the possibility of a ductless central air conditioner or heat pump for your home (or perhaps small business) in the back of your mind then please check back often so that you are an informed customer when you do decide to buy a new system.  And if you are also following news and information in the off-season and find something that you think we’d want to know, please feel free to submit it to us through our contact page.   We will also keep track of any related technologies, whether new uses for the ductless framework or new technologies that allow homes and buildings without duct work to get central air conditioning and forced air heating too.

We will continue to be here as a fully independent and unbiased website covering  Ductless Heating and Air Units technology, one of only a handful of websites that truly has no stake in your ultimate choice so we can bring you information that provides a well-rounded view.  And we will continue to strive to stay up to date, putting as much work into the ductless off-season as we do each spring and summer so you know the latest in Ductless Heating and Air Units.


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