Is Ductless Heating Right for Me?

ductless-blowerMaybe. We’re sorry for not having a solid, concrete answer for you right off the bat, but there are just too many variables to consider before we can tell you with certainty which system is best for your situation. What we can tell you, though, is that ductless heating has a lot to offer. It also has a few features and benefits that you simply won’t find with other systems. In today’s post, we’ll look at what makes ductless heating so unique.

Because of its design, one benefit that we’ll be discussing is the convenience of installing a ductless mini-split in an existing property. Why spoil that now? Because we want to reiterate that, despite such convenience, a ductless mini-split still demands professional installation services, along with routine maintenance and repairs. The only way to get the most from your ductless mini-split in Asheville is to schedule service with professionals that you can trust. Now, let’s take a closer look. 

How Whole-House Heating without Ductwork Works

Yes, a radiant heating system allows you to heat your entire home without the use of air ducts. However, a radiant heating installation is a big job and is especially complex in an existing property. Radiant heating systems have many benefits, and we excel in the installation of these systems, but they are best installed at the time of construction or during a renovation project.

Ductless mini-splits are more akin to traditional forced air systems, but they don’t use a centralized system of air ducts in order to distribute heated air throughout the house. Instead, they use individual, wall-mounted blowers that are installed throughout the house. Each blower is independently controlled with its own thermostat, and heats (and cools, more on that below) the area in which it is installed directly.

The Refrigerant Cycle (and Its Reversal)

So, a ductless mini-split can indeed heat and cool your home. That is because it is a heat pump. Like a traditional air source heat pump, the ductless mini-split uses the refrigerant cycle to adjust temperatures in the house. In the summer, when it cools the house, the coils in the blowers evaporate refrigerant. This draws heat out of the air, cooling your home. That heat is released when the refrigerant condenses in the outdoor unit.

In the winter, the reversing valve reverses the flow of refrigerant. It evaporates outdoors, removing heat from the air outside, and is compressed. This boosts its thermal energy. Then, the refrigerant makes its way to the blowers, where it is condensed in their coils to release the heat indoors.

Bottom Line Benefits

Because there is no ductwork to install, these systems are pretty easily retrofitted into existing properties. Because there is no ductwork to leak, they eliminate inefficiency tied to that energy loss. Zone control is simple and effective with these systems, thanks to the use of independent blowers, and the fact that they are heat pumps means that they are a green and efficient heating option.

Schedule your ductless mini-split services with Comfort Central, Inc.

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