What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Using A Ductless HVAC System?

Heating and air conditioning is generally the most expensive part of your utility bills. That's because anything that changes temperature takes a lot of energy, which costs you a lot of money. There are ways that you can save money on your heating and air conditioning. One way to do this is to use a more efficient heating and cooling system. One kind of HVAC system that you can use is a ductless heating system. 

Ductless Heating and Cooling Systems

These systems are also called split systems or mini-splits. The systems are generally made up of a heat pump that is installed on the outside of your house and as many units installed inside your house as necessary. The interior units are generally installed on exterior walls. They are usually put high up on the wall, near the ceiling. 

Advantages of Using a Ductless HVAC System

1. Efficiency: The heat pump that makes up the actual heating unit is more energy efficient than most other heating systems. 

2. Zone heating: Because there is more than one unit that you use to heat or cool your house, you can choose the temperature that each area of your house is set at. If you are going to be in one particular area for a long time, you can choose to keep that area at a comfortable temperature without having to heat or cool the rest of your house. That means you are saving money. 

3. Quiet: The part of the system that would make the most noise is outside your house. That means that what sound you hear is muffled. Generally the units that are inside your house will make a quiet clicking or whooshing sound when the system turns on. 

Disadvantages of Using a Ductless HVAC System

1. Extreme cold: In the extreme cold the heat pump doesn't work as well. Part of that is because the very cold outside air can be warmer than the heating unit is, due to the way that the heat pump works. Hot likes to be with hot. That means that the heat inside the unit will move from the heating unit to the outside air. The cooler the air outside, the less efficient the heat pump will be. With modern heat pumps, they start to be less efficient starting around 0 degrees Fahrenheit.  

2, Time: In very cold weather or very hot weather, it can take more time for the system to get your house to the temperature you want, especially if you want a large temperature change. You are better off to set a programmable thermostat on the unit to start changing the temp some time before you want it so that it can slowly bring the temperature to where you want it. 

If you want to have a more energy efficient, less expensive HVAC system, a ductless heating system may be exactly what you want. For more information, talk to a local HVAC company, or visit http://allrightplumbingandhvac.com.