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Benefits of a Ductless Heating System for Your Home

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There are many heating systems that you can choose from to keep yourself toasty and warm through the winter months in North Carolina. Homeowners have the option of going with a central heating system, a heat pump, radiant heating, or a boiler. Many people have been gravitating toward using a ductless heating system in their homes and in this blog, we will unveil the reasons for this increasing popularity. Wondering if a ductless heating setup is for you? Read on to learn about how it works and its many advantages. 

How Does a Ductless Heating Setup Work?

A ductless heating setup is consistent with the following six components: 

  • Condenser (outdoor unit)
  • Air handler and evaporators (indoor unit)
  • Refrigerant lines
  • Conduit 
  • Remote control or thermostat
  • Power supply 

Ductless heating setups are also known as mini split systems. They operate with the help of an outdoor condenser unit and one or more indoor air handling units. The condenser circulates refrigerant between the outdoor and indoor units, absorbing heat from the outside air and transferring it indoors.

When the ductless unit is set to heating mode, the refrigerant extracts heating from the outdoor air, even in cold temperatures, and releases it inside. Each indoor unit is installed in a specific room or zone, allowing for individualized control through remote or smart controls.

Unlike traditional HVAC systems with ducts, ductless heating setups eliminate the need for extensive ductwork, reducing energy losses and installation complexities. This efficient and flexible heating solution provides customizable comfort, making it an increasingly popular choice for homes seeking energy savings and personalized climate control. We will dive deeper into the advantages of ductless heating down below.

Increased Energy Efficiency

Most ductless heating setups have a higher Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating because they typically heat only one area at a time. Thus, they use far less energy than required in traditional heating methods like central air. Because the ductless heating system doesn’t use energy to heat other areas of the home simultaneously, it can focus on just that area where the indoor unit is installed. As a result, your area will reach the temperature quicker without extra energy use.

Cost Savings

Using a ductless heating system in your home will also provide cost-saving benefits. These benefits include the following:

  • Lower installation costs compared to traditional HVAC systems
  • Energy savings, leading to reduced utility bills
  • Lower maintenance costs
  • Longer lifespan of the ductless heating system

Zoning and Customization 

Many people love ductless heating systems, specifically because of the zoning and customization capabilities. These capabilities offer unparalleled control and efficiency. They allow homeowners to divide their living space into distinct zones, each with an individual air handling unit. Whether it’s providing extra warmth in bedrooms during the night or maintaining a comfortable temperature in the living room, ductless systems offer targeted climate control. 

With increased control over temperature settings in each zone, people can optimize energy usage and create personalized comfort zones, promoting both efficiency and comfort. This is a flexible and responsive solution that meets the varying heating preferences of everyone in the household.

Installation Flexibility

Ductless heating setups are distinguished from traditional systems because they are not attached to any ductwork within the home. As a result, installing them is far easier than central air units. Additionally, homeowners get to choose where they would like their indoor air handler to go, allowing that flexibility of installation that many enjoy. When choosing to go with a traditional central heating system, the options are fairly limited as to where the units will be placed on a property or in a home.

Improved Indoor Air Quality

Heating systems that are not attached to a network of ducts are typically far better when it comes to indoor air quality. The absence of duct minimizes dust and allergen circulation, allowing the benefit of improved indoor air quality. This is especially beneficial for those people who have pre-existing respiratory conditions, such as allergies or asthma.

Many ductless heating setups also allow for a built-in air purifying feature, which further enhances the indoor air quality of a home. When you go through the installation process of a ductless heating system for your home, your heating technician will help you select the air purifiers that will suit your needs best.

Aesthetics and Space-Saving 

Many ductless heating systems are smaller in size when compared to central heating systems, boilers, and radiant heating. Their sleek design is often minimal and doesn’t clash too much with the interior design of the home. Because these units are smaller, you will have more room for other important things. 

Low Maintenance 

Ductless heating setups are simpler and require less maintenance than their central air counterpart. They also offer easier access for cleaning and filter replacement, simplifying the whole process and saving the time and money associated with maintenance. 

Top Quality Heating Solutions in Winston-Salem, NC

Are you considering a ductless heating setup for your home? Look no further than QRC for professional advice and installation work. With our team of installation techs, you will quickly find yourself benefiting from the advantages of a ductless heater in your home. 

FAQ: Ductless Heating 

Can I install a ductless HVAC myself?

​​While some experienced homeowners may attempt a DIY ductless HVAC installation, it’s generally recommended to hire a professional. Installation involves electrical work, refrigerant handling, and ensuring proper sizing and placement of the unit. Improper installation could lead to performance issues, efficiency loss, and safety concerns. Professional installation ensures optimal performance and safety during the installation process.

What are the disadvantages of a mini-split system?

Mini-split systems have some drawbacks. First, upfront costs can be higher than traditional systems. While they’re energy-efficient, repairs can be pricier. Also, the indoor units might not suit everyone’s taste in decor. Despite these, many find the benefits outweigh the disadvantages, like personalized comfort and energy savings.

Where should you not install a mini-split?

Avoid installing a mini-split system in areas with extreme temperature fluctuations, such as directly above stoves or ovens. Steer clear of spaces with excessive humidity, like kitchens without proper ventilation. Installing in dusty environments or near pollutants can hurt the unit’s performance. Lastly, avoid blocking the unit’s airflow with furniture or curtains, as doing so may hurt the unit’s efficiency.