Your HVAC system has a direct impact on comfort and efficiency levels in your Denton, Texas, home. A fully functional HVAC system optimizes comfort and reduces heating and cooling expenses. A quick search on the internet reveals there are numerous HVAC systems to choose from, with ducted and ductless being two of the most popular options. The high cost of installing a central HVAC system is one reason to opt for a ductless alternative. Read on to learn more about ductless HVAC systems and those with ducts to find out which is right for your home.
Duct Versus Ductless
Your HVAC unit regulates the temperature in your home and impacts humidity levels. By converting certain liquids into gases, both central HVAC and ductless units condense air. The more air they condense, the cooler your home will feel.
A central HVAC unit uses ducts to carry air throughout the home. It aims to distributes the air equally throughout the entire house. The design of your system will determine whether it can push heat and cooled air through the same ducts. In most cases, a central air unit sits outside of the house. It’s not uncommon to see them on roofs or in attics.
A ductless heating and cooling unit is often referred to as a mini-split system. It’s installed directly onto the walls of your house. As the name implies, this type of system doesn’t use ducts to carry air throughout the home, which makes it fairly inexpensive to install when compared to central HVAC system.
You’ll benefit from better energy efficiency with a ductless system because the air doesn’t have to travel through ducts. However, the units themselves are visible, and there’s a good chance you’ll need more than one ductless unit to cool your entire home.
Installing a central HVAC unit is straightforward in homes with ducts. The unit itself sits on a concrete pad outside of the home, and it connects directly to the existing air handler and ductwork.
Installing a central HVAC unit can be incredibly expensive and time-consuming in homes without ducts, though. You have to cut holes in the walls, floors and ceilings to add the ducts. The ducts are often intricately placed in attics, basements and closets to limit their visibility.
A ductless system, on the other hand, is much easier to install because it doesn’t require the installation of ductwork. You can install ductless unit directly to the wall, or if you prefer, you can suspended from the ceiling. The system’s condenser connects to the indoor units via hoses and is generally kept outdoors. A small hole is necessary for installation, but it’s easy and inexpensive to create. Units available on the market can cool anywhere from one to four rooms at a time.
Pros and Cons
A ductless system can increase energy efficiency by as much as 30 percent when you compare it to a central HVAC system. That’s because, with a central system, the air has to travel through ductwork that can leak. Air leaks increase your heating and cooling expenses.
If you suffer from allergies, a central HVAC unit might be your best option. It circulates air in the home and uses a filter to trap allergens. A ductless system doesn’t provide this benefit.
Both types of systems can effectively heat and cool a home; however, ductless systems optimize energy efficiency by regulating temperatures in each room or zone. This allows you to keep certain parts of the home at a more moderate temperature while optimizing comfort levels in the rooms or zones where you spend the most time.
Ductless systems are almost always less noisy than central units because the condenser is smaller and you can place them a good distance from the home. The ductwork in a central HVAC system also tends to create various noises.
Both central HVAC and ductless systems should be installed by a professional HVAC contractor. Contact Metro Environmental Services at 972-268-6922 to learn more about which type of HVAC system is right for your home.
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