Hot and Cold Spots in Your Home? Ductless May be the Answer
If you usually have trouble heating or cooling certain parts of your Charleston, SC area home while other parts stay comfortable, you could be a good candidate for a zoned HVAC solution like a ductless mini-split system. Ductless HVAC technology injects real versatility into your attempts to solve the problem of uneven heating and cooling. Depending on your specific situation and needs, there are a few ways you can use ductless to bring more consistent comfort to every part of your home.
Supplement Your Current Heating & Cooling Solution
Whether you currently have a ducted central heating and air conditioning system or are using another form of heating and cooling, if some parts of your home are comfortable while others aren’t, ductless technology can be used to correct that issue. Some places where this might occur include the following:
- Room additions
- Finished attics or basements
- Sunrooms or enclosed porches
- Rarely occupied rooms
- Rooms in harder-to-condition areas
- Granny units
In cases such as the above, a ductless system can easily be added to supplement your existing system, making it easy to improve the comfort of one or more rooms that currently have a compromised level of comfort. A single outside unit can be used to operate as many as four indoor units, meaning you can use this technology to tackle indoor comfort issues in multiple parts of your home at the same time. If you’re planning to build a room addition, it’s generally easier and less expensive to use a mini-split system for the new add-on than to extend your home’s existing ductwork.
Replace Your Ducted System with Ductless Technology
Another option to consider when your ducted system isn’t adequately heating or cooling your entire home is to use a ductless HVAC solution throughout your home. Ductless technology can be a practical choice for owners of smaller homes who prefer — or need — to keep different parts of their home at different temperatures. Because ductless offers zoned heating and air conditioning, you’ll have a separate thermostat for each room or zone, enabling you to customize the conditioning for each individual zone. This also means you’ll be able to turn off the indoor unit(s) that aren’t needed when the rooms they serve are unoccupied — a smart strategy for saving even more money on utilities than these highly energy efficient systems already save over their ducted cousins. Ducted systems lose 25 percent of their energy to duct air leakage and conduction of heat into the walls of the air ducts.
Advantages of a Ductless Mini-Split System
A mini-split systems offers a number of advantages over ducted systems that make them an attractive choice for many homes. Here’s how:
- Energy efficiency
- Easy installation
- No need to remodel
- Space-saving design
- Zoned heating and cooling
- Individual room conditioning
- Greater versatility
- Minimal energy losses
- Quiet operation
- Better home security
- Improved indoor air quality
- Lower environmental impact
Is Your Home a Candidate for Ductless Technology?
Many homeowners who use ductless technology use it to supplement their ducted systems, in effect, creating a hybrid HVAC solution that helps them address the shortcomings of the ducted, whole-house system. This gives them the best of both worlds since ducted systems work well overall for cooling and heating larger homes. Ducted systems also provide superior humidity control, which can make them a viable choice as a main system for homes in areas like Charleston where the summers are hot and humid. That said, ductless technology can also serve as a highly effective supplement to that main ducted system. It can also work well alone for smaller local homes.
Check out our ductless options for providing additional heat or cooling to correct the hot and cold spots in your home, or call AC Heating and Air Conditioning Services at (843) 277-9928 to discuss your home’s suitability for ductless HVAC technology.
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