Is Ductless Heating and Cooling the Right Choice for You?

Are you thinking about heating or cooling your Lynnwood home or business with a ductless system? Find out whether these systems are the right choice and what you can expect when you install.

The Pros of a Ductless System

Usually, a ductless heat pump or air conditioner consists of a wall-mounted indoor unit coupled with an external compressor. This is more commonly seen in circumstances where a window AC unit or baseboard heating would be considered, such as a recent addition to a home. Yet unlike window systems, ductless devices only need a very small hole to be bored into the wall, rendering them less vulnerable to air leakage and security problems. As an added plus, they’re less visible and audible.

They are also exceptionally energy wise. Simply by doing away with the ducts, you’ll end up with a more effective system. Ductless versions often include inverter-driven compressors that speed up and slow down depending on the system requirements, instead of shutting down entirely like conventional HVAC compressors. A lot of energy is consumed at the start-up of the compressor.

The Cons of a Ductless System

For most homeowners there are three cons against a ductless system. They are costs, regular maintenance and aesthetics. There is a fourth one if your climate is extremely cold. You may need a fuel based back up if you want ductless heat although there are some newer models that can cope with the load even if the temperature falls to below zero.

Ductless systems cost many times more than equivalent window units or baseboard heaters (thousands of dollars vs hundreds) for a single-room system. And if you upgrade the current central heating / cooling device with a full ductless solution, you will spend two-to-three times the expense of just replacing it with another ducted unit. In return you will have lower energy bills, but your climate, your use of the system, and your local electricity rates will determine the payback period.

To preserve the system, you may have to wash every unit’s filter every month (more frequently if you smoke or have pets). Don’t postpone it: ductless fans can’t cope with accumulated dirt, and if you neglect the need for maintenance and a skilled cleaning is required, you’ll waste hundreds of dollars and probably reduce the life of your system. It is best to find a reputable HVAC contractor such as Kings Heating and Cooling to help you decide if a ductless system will work for you. We’ll help determine your system sizing and whether additional support is required for ductless heat in your area. Kings Heating and Air Conditioning in Lynnwood are experts in ductless systems. Contact us today and we’ll work through any questions you might have.


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