There’s a lot of buzz in the HVAC industry about ductless heating and air conditioning units. These systems are popular in Europe and Asia, and they are beginning to penetrate the U.S. commercial market. According to a survey published in ACHR News, a leading HVAC trade publication, approximately 85 percent of all ductless systems are installed in commercial applications. That leaves the residential market wide open. But if you’re considering ductless for your home, review the benefits and challenges carefully with your HVAC professional.
Ductless systems are efficient for small spaces, home additions or zoned spaces. In residential buildings where design or retrofit is a concern, or where the space can’t be reached by existing HVAC service, ductless is an option. If your home is older and without air conditioning and you want to maintain the integrity of the building, ductless solutions are ideal. They are flexible and offer very low noise levels. Many major manufacturers are entering the marketplace with ductless systems, giving consumers a wide choice, along with the peace of mind of a trusted brand name. The systems range in complexity from programmable to manual.
However, be sure you understand what the system will look like. There will be an evaporator unit that needs to be housed somewhere. This unit takes up space, and in a small space, it can be intrusive. Some HVAC installers have voiced concerns about indoor air quality and higher costs to repair a ductless system, but we believe these are all things that will evolve as the market takes a firmer foothold. It’s one area that promises to continue growing and providing options as the remodeling industry grows.